Carnival in A Rio Neighborhood

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.

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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 […]

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 […]

Signs of the Orixa in Salvador and Little Havana (Photos)

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.