Category Archives: brazil

The favela that raised two Olympic Champions

It takes a village to raise a child (and  an Olympian).  Favelas are no  exception  to the testament  of community will, personal perseverance and  social transformation. Here’s the story behind the medals of two Olympic boxers from Vidigal whose paths … Continue reading

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Let me go, I need to find myself

That’s the translated title of  Brazilian singer Cartola’s song Preciso Me encontrar ( I need to find myself). Letting go of someone you love, letting go of familiarity, letting go of your comfort zone  to go find yourself is letting go … Continue reading

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10 songs for when you have Saudade of Bahia

Here’s the soundtrack of songs capturing the Axe of Bahia ( positive vibes ) to listen to when you are no longer in Bahia and Saudades kick-in of those times, places, and people of the magical place that is Bahia, … Continue reading

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Coping in times of perplexity from a Brazilian Portuguese word with a Slave past

A head rub, a caress, a head massage, tenderness, affection. There isn’t one word in English or Spanish I can find to properly translate this Brazilian Portuguese word cafuné . The best description to  describe cafuné in English is  ” running your … Continue reading

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Te Amo Mas preciso Ir, Salvador da Bahia

I arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the first time in 2013. Parting ways was like leaving a first love. I knew I had to work on myself and needed to first live in Ecuador to figure out me. I … Continue reading

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It’s an Upside World, but Love IS Love

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day in Brazil with 90 degrees and it being “winter” while other 53 lost their lives because of who they love. Remember folks that Someone’s winter is someone’s summer. Your holiday doesn’t exist here, and can exist there and … Continue reading

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My-So-Called-Brazilian Life

 The ups-and-downs and just plainly the strange things that happen when you live in Brazil. The psychological pressure of living in Brazil can sometimes be good, a way to strengthen character , I’d say. You get to the point that … Continue reading

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Time, Fate, Love: story of brazil part 1

When people ask me how I got to Brazil or Why: It’s one complex intertwined story best summarized by a lot of coincidences that has turned into fate. This was my first stint in Brazil back in 2013. Three years … Continue reading

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Decolonize Travel: Why Paris and not Salvador?

Salvador,Bahia  Turns 467 years old today. The Black Mecca of the Americas. Cultural capital of Brazil. UNESCO-designated musical capital of the world. This is where Candomblé and percussion speak of an African past not–forgotten. Where in the historical center, the … Continue reading

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women dancing to the drum of their own beat

They say march to the beat of your own drum. But, of course, here in Salvador, we don’t march. We dance. The ladies of Project Didá the all-female percussion group take this literally. They dance to their own beat and … Continue reading

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