It’s been a busy few weeks for me, in many ways: a new country, a new place to stay and explore, a new accent to master, (apparently, Brazilians don’t say ‘obrigadinho‘ as much as the Portuguese do, which may explain some weird looks I got last week).
A new blog, new readers from around the world, and a new role as a celebrity blogger for a friend’s website, Let Me Do That For You.
I also became a minor celebrity (in my own mind) when I was interviewed by email for an article in Portugal’s second largest online newspaper, Mais Futebol, (article coming soon), as well as being interviewed by a journalist friend on Skype for an article in The Guardian newspaper.
“Have you had all your jabs and things?” she asked me on Skype.
“…” I replied, authoritatively.
I’ve never been very good at planning my trips, (I am technically homeless in ten days, at a time when Brazil becomes possibly the most expensive country in the world), but I hadn’t even thought about malaria or tetanus shots.
So I plan to spend my time avoiding mosquitoes and rabid dogs as much as possible over the coming weeks.
And not going to the jungle, now matter how much I want to see England play in Manaus, (which isn’t actually very much).
Professional footballers have this kind of thing taken care of for them, which is how I came across this stunning photo.
David Luis, ex-Benfica and Chelski player, former star of my newly adopted team Vitória, and current PSG player/Sideshow Bob lookalike has definitely had his jabs.
So if he bites me, it’ll be OK.