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Lauren Holmes is from the UK but has lived in Brazil for over three years. The process to do so has had some huge challenges but in the end enormous rewards. As part of my ongoing series about expats who figured out how to live abroad I wanted to hear more. Here are the 14 things Lauren shared with me about living in Brazil.

#1 Brazil is not the place to go to save money

According to Lauren, “Brazil has gotten very expensive in the last few years. Since 2008 the prices have increased by about 140%. Now Brazil is at London prices, but the quality is not the same.”

#2 Prepare your patience and your wallet in finding a place to live in Brazil

Getting a place to live in Brazil is really difficult. If you want a long term lease, which is 30 months, you need someone to guarantee your rent if you want to live in Rio. If you do not have someone that will guarantee your rent, Lauren said, “you need to find a temporary let which is essentially a partially furnished apartment and not very nice.” However, “with perseverance and money you can get lucky or if you are willing to live outside of the main tourist areas or a bit outside of Rio you can definitely get some good deals. There are some beautiful little towns like Florianopolis and Buzios. It is a lot easier and cheaper to live in those places.”

“In Florianopolis you could get a job there during high tourism season. It is easier to manage places like that, that do not come with the challenges of the big city. If you are looking in the beach areas rent would be about 1000 GBP per month. If you are willing to live in Santa Teresa or in the center then you can get a place for about half that price. That is an option that people can definitely consider.” Lauren suggests using or to help you in your apartment search.

#3 People in Brazil Do Not Like to Say No

When I asked Lauren what some of the bigger cultural differences between Brazil and the UK she said, “The thing I learned is Brazilians love to talk about things that are not necessarily going to happen. They have what are called conversations with holes. You can have a long conversation about what you are going to do over the weekend, but it is never really going to happen. It took me a while to learn that.”

#4 Baby Visa

Thinking about having a baby? Want to live in Brazil? According to Lauren, “If you have a child in Brazil then you get residency for the rest of your life.” Keep that in mind future parents of the world!

#5 Making contacts is how you get a job

Lauren’s advice for finding a job in Brazil? “Start with meeting people. If you have an idea of the kind of industry you want to work in a lot of things are done with contacts and face to face meetings in Brazil. They are not going to hire you unless you have met face to face. I would network and go to events. There are a lot of expat events. The US embassy organizes things every month. There are also quite a lot of things on Twitter if you search for ‘Brazil jobs.’ Also consider international recruiters like Michael Page.”

#6 Learn the language or at least a little bit of it

“In Brazil knowing at least a little of the language makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to getting a job. Brazilians love it when you make an effort with their language. I would learn as much Portuguese as possible before going and then I would do a month intensive Portuguese class before looking for a job.”

“In Rio there are a lot of language schools in the center which is about a half hour from the beaches where everybody lives. Near the beaches there is a really good school called Casa de Camino which is where a lot of people go to learn Portuguese. It is run by an orphanage so all of the profits go to supporting the orphanage.”

#7 Brazilian life? Expensive. Brazilian food? Cheap

The good news is food is cheap in Brazil. “You can get amazing fruits and vegetables very cheaply. Every day there is a new market within five to ten blocks of where you are.”

# 8 Brazilians thoughts on foreigners?

“Brazilians are very nice and friendly people. It is easy to make friends in Brazil. There are a lot of people that really want to help you here. There are other people that have a bit of animosity towards foreigners and do not make it very easy for us. They are very protectionist with their government.”

“Brazil is amazing, but it can be really complicated. The payoff is incredible if you can get through it. In January you can leave work and go to the beach. There is an amazing vibrancy here. It is harder to live here than it used to be, but there are a lot of opportunities to make money with the World Cup and the Olympics.”

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I am planning a trip to Brazil. While I will be spending most of my time in Rio de Janeiro, I also want to visit Foz de Iguacu. What is the best way to get there from Rio? Where are some relatively inexpensive places to stay? - Quora

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