Meet Sean Coady, from the UK but who lives in Spain, and who comes to Recife to escape the European winter. Read the following interview where he tells us about his most memorable experiences from Brazil and gives some useful advice to newcomers.
1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do etc.?
Hi there, well I’m English but I’ve been living in Spain for the last 33 yrs, I run an Extreme sports company on the Costa Brava in the summer months, during the winter I stay in Recife taking a long rest and planning my next summer.
2. When did you arrive in Brazil and what brought you here?
I first arrived in Brazil in 1994 just on a month’s holiday but ended up staying here for three months, after these three months I decided I loved Brazil and would always spend my winters here.
3. What were you first impressions of Brazil?
My first impressions of Brazil were how happy the people were with so little and how kind they where to me.
4. What do you miss most about home?
Well I’m afraid now my home is Spain, I don’t consider the UK my home any more so I miss the Spanish way of life which is completely different than the UK, the Spanish people take life much easier then the Brits.
5. What has been your most frustrating experience in Brazil?
The thing that frustrates me the most in Brazil is the Taxi drivers, they seem to think its normal to rip off a gringo, I’ve been in so many taxis and they’ve not even bothered to start the clock, this is so so annoying that now I just tell them where I’m going and start the taxi-meter.
6. What has been your most memorable experience in Brazil (specific incident)?
My most memorable experience must be one day arriving at the beach in the morning to see the television people filming what was left after a fatal shark attack, now there are signs that its dangerous to swim but during my firs years nobody told you anything because they where afraid to lose tourists, in the last 12 years fifty people have been attacked and 12 people killed by tiger and hammerhead sharks in Recife.
7. What do you most like about Brazil (in general)?
Well I have to be honest here with you and what I like the most about Brazil is its natural beauty and its beautiful women, being a single man what more can I ask for.
8. What is your favorite restaurant/place to hang out here?
My favorite restaurant in Recife is called Boi Preto, I rate it a 5 star restaurant, I’ve eaten in restaurants all over the world and Boi Preto really takes some beating.
9. Do you have any funny stories/incidents to tell about your time in Brazil?
The funniest thing I can always remember was a friend who came to visit me from England, he required the services of a programme girl and walking back to his hotel a guy jumps out and tries to rob him, but my friend being a rugby player had no problem taking over the situation. So as he’s hitting the robber the girl tells him to stop shouting don’t hit him its my brother.
10. What difference between your homeland and Brazil do you find most striking?
The biggest difference for me is the worry of being robbed, I know so many who’ve been robbed and its such a shame as the Brazilian people are wonderful people.
11. How is your Portuguese coming along? What words do you find most difficult to pronounce/remember or are there any words that you regularly confuse?
The language was very easy for me to learn as I speak fluent Spanish.
12. What advice do you have for newcomers to Brazil?
My advice for people coming to Brazil is to be very careful with your money and don’t buy any property without really checking its full history, don’t walk around with gold chains or watch’s just try and blend in with the people and you will have a wonderful time.
13. What are some things that you would recommend for a visitor to do in São Paulo (or anywhere else in Brazil)?
I don’t know São Paulo so I cant recommend anywhere there but in Recife there are beautiful beach’s and lots of history.
To read previous interviews in the Brazil Through Foreign Eyes series click below:
Hugo Delgado – MexicoSean Terrillon – Canada
Jessie Simon – USA
Michael Meehan – USA
Thales Panagides – Cyprus
Tammy Montagna – USA
Samantha Tennant – England
Ron Finely – United States
Bob Duprez – United States
Peter Baines – England
Youssef Bouguerra – Tunisia
Van Wallach – USA
Lesley Cushing – England
Alexander von Brincken – Germany
Hank Avellar – USA
Ed Catchpole – England
Penny Freeland – England
Yasemin de Pinto – Turkey
Amy Williams Lima – USA
John Naumann – England
Marsye Schouella – Eygpt
Rita Shannon Koeser – USA
John Fitzpatrick – Scotland
Liam Gallagher – Northern Ireland
Lorelei Jones – England
Adam Glensy – England
Tommie C.B. DeAssis – Japan
Aaron Day – Canada
Graham Debney – New Zealand
Silke Tina Tischendorf – Germany
Tanya Keshavjee Macedo – Canada
Frank de Meijer – Holland
Carl Emberson – Australia
Kim Buarque – Wales
Damiano Pak – South Korea
Jonas Helding – Denmark
Pari Seeber – Iran
John Milton – England
Ken Marshall – Australia
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