Embarrassment in the Amazon By Luke Simmons

While living in Brazil in 2009, I was lucky enough to have my Mum over for a visit up to the Amazon. The tours through the river were fantastic and one component of the trip was an overnight stay with some locals. Accessible only by boat, we arrived in the late afternoon with a couple of English guys and met our new hosts at the river bank.

I had been in the country for about a year at this stage, so I was happy to have a bit of a chat with the locals and work as the pseudo translator as they showed us their garden and house.

That night, they cooked us a great meal and everything was going just fine until I decided to say "Mmmm, this bread tastes greeeeeat" as a complement. There was a moment of silence and then the hosts erupted in wild laughter.

You see, I'd mispronounced the word for bread (pao instead of the nasal sounding pão) which meant I said, "Mmmm, this dick tastes greeeeeat" - putting a whole new twist on the night. It took me a moment to pick up my faux pax and, finding it hilarious, I told the English speakers what I'd just said. Funny gringo...


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