terça-feira, 19 de outubro de 2010

Autumn from my window...

The Americans call it 'fall', the British call it 'autumn'. Whatever way we decide to call it it's fine. What really matter is its beauty and what it means. In England when the trees start to change the colour we know that the summer is over and that we should get ready for the winter. It's time to put aside the summer clothes and leave the coats ready for the frosty mornings.
From my TV room I can see a couple of trees outside, and as the months go by I observe them to go from bare leaves in the winter to small buds in the early spring, and now in the autumn I see them changing every week, from a light yellow to golden brown, until they fall completely on the floor.
Quem mora aqui sabe como eh, quem nao mora pode acompanhar comigo.

domingo, 17 de outubro de 2010

Brazilians in the United Kingdom

Why many Brazilians would consider coming to England to work in a very inferior job compared to the ones they left in Brazil? Do you have any idea why? Is it the dream of living in a first world country? Is it to learn the language? To work hard and save every penny and go back to Brazil better off? Is it to see how other people live, to travel and experiment a different culture? I've met many people who said it's worth it and also met the ones who regreted their decision of coming. I guess that to live well anywhere abroad you have to feel part of the local community. First and foremost it's necessary to speak the language of the country and learn about the culture. Do you agree with "Once in Rome, do as the Romans do."?

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilians_in_the_United_Kingdom 

Despite being relatively well educated, the majority of Brazilian immigrants to the UK have taken up professions that differ greatly from their previous careers in Brazil.[19] The majority of Brazilian-born migrants to the UK choose jobs that are for the most part unskilled and low-paid; the reasons behind this include restrictions imposed by their immigration status and lack or limited knowledge of the English language.[19] This has also been witnessed in the Brazilian diaspora in United States.[19] A study conducted by Queen Mary, University of London revealed the most common jobs taken up by Brazilian immigrants in London.[19] 32 per cent of individuals surveyed were involved in the cleaning industry, 26 per cent in hotel work and catering, 13 per cent in other 'services'. 10 per cent worked as couriers, 9 per cent in the construction industry, 3 per cent as au pairs or baby sitters. 6 per cent of those surveyed choose not to answer, whilst 1 per cent told of unemployment.[19] Work and employment is an extremely important aspect for Brazilians in the UK, especially first-generation immigrants – many of whom came to the UK for the sole reason of seeking employment. In the same study, 25 per cent of respondents said they came to the UK to work and/or study, whilst 24.3 per cent claimed to have come for work and to save money either to be able to permanently settle in the UK or to send to family back in Brazil.[19] A large number of Brazilian-owned businesses have sprung up in the UK over recent decades. They include personal care, counselling, solicitors and lawyers that provide services in Portuguese, baby sitting, private cleaning, removals and transportation, travel agencies, private functions, money transfer, accommodation, as well as shops selling Brazilian clothing, food and drink, alongside numerous cafes and restaurants.[19

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terça-feira, 12 de outubro de 2010

Almost 1000 years old.

Can you imagine that? This pub is almost 1000 years old, better saying, the building is almost 1000 years old. Se clicarem na ultima foto podem observar que o primeiro dono/ocupante do predio data de 1086.
Wow! How many buildings have you visited before that is this old? This place is located in the Cotswold, England. I was there last Sunday for lunch and thought would be a good idea to share that with other Brazilians. In Europe a building with that age is very common but for us Brazilians it is not, we have to remember that Brazil was "discovered"  just over 500 years ago.