Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is not just about ladies wearing feathers and big productions it is also about locals enjoying their time with a little samba and a little revelry.
No festival or concert in the United States prepared me for the crowds of Carnival in Salvador, Brazil.
Salvador is a seaside city north of Rio de Janeiro by 1000 miles in the state of Bahia. It is known for its large Afro-Brazilian population and culture, historical center called the Pelourinho and a Carnaval that is more street then feathers and high heels like in Rio. I visited Salvador to go to Carnaval […]
I got my visa, went to Brazil and I lived to tell you about it.
Santa Theresa is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. Compared to modern neighborhoods like Copacabana and Ipanema, it is ornate, spray painted and much of it could be considered run down–but it has a unique to itself charm. According to my Airbnb Santa Theresa host, it began as a convent on the […]
It’s been more than twenty years since I stumbled into my first encounter with Brazilian dance. It was 1992 or 1993 in Santa Cruz, California and spontaneously I attended a performance of Brazilian dance at Louden Nelson Center. Immediately I knew it was something I was interested in. I still remember seeing Conceição Damaseco dance […]
The Orixa are the gods, deities and elements of Candomblé, Santeria, Macumba and other religions all descending from the Yorba people of Nigeria. I got to see signs of the Orixa in both Brazil and in Miami (via Cuba) in Little Havana during my trip to South America this spring.
1. My body type is well represented on the beach. Lots of women in bikinis with butts, rolls, tummies and dimples and not a care in the world.
Tomorrow I fly to Brazil and a desire 20 years in the making, will be no longer a someday. For over 10 years I was a samba dancer. I discovered Brazilian dance in a performance one night in the early 90’s in my first year Santa Cruz, CA and I was enthralled. I started taking […]
I got to see my “old” samba troupe perform in Seattle a few weeks ago.