I never exactly had myself down as being all fancy and la-di-da, but since moving to Brazil, I´ve been told ´você parece pobre´ (‘you seem poor´) on numerous occasions. It appears that various innocent actions can attract a whole load of judgement and snobbery. Here are a few examples that I´ve experienced:
I once suggested to friends that we take a picnic to the beach, but they advised me that we just couldn´t do that. I initially thought this was from a practical point of view because sandy sandwiches are certainly not fun. No, it´s because you need to buy food from one of the cafe´s because otherwise you look poor. Apparently a picnic in the park is just about acceptable, but the beach, NO, absolutely not. Even if the picnic contains caviar and champagne, just no.
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