1. I walked into an English Language School in Brasilia, and asked the receptionist at the desk if she spoke English. She didn’t.

2. A fellow traveller told me that in Salvador, a group of thieves were using the following technique to rob tourists. A huge tall guy would come up from behind, grab the tourist in a massive bear hug and lift them up, while two others emptied the person´s pockets. Mugging by hugging. But I suppose at least you get a hug.

3. I saw a bus yesterday signposted to "Paranoia" (but then again, maybe I am just being…)