BRIAND MCDONSALL has spent the better part of his life as a Brazilian expat.
His family moved to Australia in the 1970s to pursue a career in medicine, and he has lived in Brisbane ever since.
“When I was growing up, we didn’t have any cars or anything like that,” he said.
“My mum and dad bought a car when I was little and I think I’ve been driving my mum’s for the past couple of years.”
I have a big Porsche and I have a Rolls Royce.
“But I never wanted to live in Brazil, I’ve always wanted to come to Australia.”
It has been a long journey for the young expat, with the country he calls home, the country that gave him his first taste of freedom and his first glimpse of life beyond Brazil.
“Brazil is a country where people have freedom and I love that, but there are so many problems here, like the climate and the drugs, it’s just a lot to deal with,” he added.
“I’ve been there a long time now and I still have some bad memories.”
“Brazil was always one of the top countries to go to in the world, so I’m very happy here.”
He moved to Melbourne in 2005 and has since worked as a physiotherapist and has also taught English at the local community college.
“In my mind, it has been the best place I’ve ever been,” he laughed.
“It’s so far away, and so much fun, but I still remember when I went there for the first time.”
“I think my first impression of Brazil was a bit of a bit crazy, like, I could smell smoke in the air.
It’s such a different place.”
His first job was teaching a Brazilian class in the community college, and the next job was working as a driver for a taxi company.
“So I’m doing things I’ve never done before,” he explained.
“And I’m starting to get to know people in the car.”
He says he doesn’t mind working in the city but would prefer to live closer to home. “
Then I start talking to the driver and I just talk to him, like I’m talking to a friend, so it’s really relaxing and very relaxed.”
He says he doesn’t mind working in the city but would prefer to live closer to home.
“There’s no traffic in Melbourne and there’s no crowds so it just feels much safer, which is good.”
He has a girlfriend who is a medical student, but he doesn.
“I don’t mind having a girlfriend, I just don’t want to spend time with her, so maybe that’s the reason why I’m not working as much,” he joked.
‘I love it here’ The 23-year-old was born in the capital city of Brasilia, and has been living in Brisbane since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a degree in medicine.
“Now I’m a student and I’m studying medicine, so we’ll see where it goes, but it’s a really great city,” he says.
When it comes to the lifestyle, he likes to get involved with his local Brazilian community. “
If you go to a Brazilian festival you will see the diversity and the different food.”
When it comes to the lifestyle, he likes to get involved with his local Brazilian community.
The former rugby player has been volunteering at a local church since he arrived in Brisbane.
“To me, it makes me feel at home,” he told ABC News.
His favourite part of being a Brazilian is having Brazilian food, and although he says he is very picky about the food, he is still a fan of the cuisine.
“[Brazilians] don’t have the same type of culture, they don’t like the same kinds of food, but we eat what we like,” he admitted.
He has also travelled extensively to Brazil to teach people about their country, and is now working on a book about Brazil’s rich heritage.
When asked if he feels like a Brazilian, he said, “I love Brazil.”
Brisbane is also home to the world’s largest concentration of expats, with more than 50,000 of them living in the region.
Briand MCDonsall and his girlfriend have been married for the last seven years, and are now expecting their second child, a daughter named Lily.
Mr MCDonald said he was surprised at how well the family has been able to cope with the financial difficulties.
I’ve never been a financial burden, he says, and I’d like to think I can give back to the community in a way I can.
This is one of my biggest regrets as an Australian, he explained, adding that