Carnival in A Rio Neighborhood

Carnival in Rio gets wild on the beach.. The Sambadrome is ready for people and floats like you see on TV but meanwhile… Neighborhoods all over Rio make their own party like this that I enjoyed at last year’s (2016) celebration.   All ages, all races joined in to play music together and follow the small parade around the neighborhood. Some people danced, a fair … Continue reading Carnival in A Rio Neighborhood

Getting a Tourist Visa for Brazil on the fly in Lima, Peru

I wanted to go to Brazil and I had an opportunity but I wasn’t sure I should go. Going to Brazil was great but was it the right thing for the moment? I would be traveling with my brother in South America but the Brazil portion would be by myself. By the time I decided for sure there were no appointments available at the San … Continue reading Getting a Tourist Visa for Brazil on the fly in Lima, Peru

Street Art of Santa Theresa, Rio de Janeiro

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 hill and grew as people sought better air and more … Continue reading Street Art of Santa Theresa, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Music and Dance Coming Full Circle at Carnival in Salvador, Brazil

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 samba beautifully in a white outfit that evening. Continue reading “Brazilian Music and Dance Coming Full Circle at Carnival in Salvador, Brazil”