The season has started and it is in full swing. Thousands of gringos (non-brazilians in Brazil) from the world over descend upon the cities of Recife, Salvador and especially Rio de Janeiro to play or dance or simply galavant around in carnival. In cities all around the world, from New York to Amsterdam to Tokyo you [...]
BraZil’s biggest export? Coffee you say? yes well you may be right, but I would argue that first if not a close second is music. Music is the domain of everyone in Brazil. In Brasil it is a national pass-time. From the masses of people in impoverished neighbourhoods to the more ‘refined’ upper classes… p’shaw… Brazilian music, [...]
On New Year’s Eve, or réveillon, as it is known in Brazil, people wear white: freshly laundered, neatly pressed. They are worn so that one can start the new year in a pure and clean fashion. In many parts of Brazil, the new year is also an auspicious day of Yemanja, the Orixá goddess of the sea, who is celebrated in the new year with flowers and little boats with candles set adrift into the sea.
“Feliz Natal” is Merry Christmas in Brazil. And, well it’s a little different than what people in North America and Europe are used to. First off, for most people the Christmas holidays means summer time and extended holidays from work school and what not. So the formula goes, for those who have the means, Christmas [...]
I will take a wild guess at why Oscar Niemeyer, perhaps the worlds most famous living architect, and a bona fide Brazilian, is still going at 103. It is the cold mate that he drinks on the daily. Seriously folks, mate is very beneficial for your health, just ask Oscar Neimeyer.
Ok so the [...]
“The world has recognised that the time has come for Brazil,” said President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
By now almost everyone has heard that the Games of the 31st Olympiad will be held in South America for the first time in 2016. Rio de Janeiro has been awarded the honour to host the world’s premiere [...]
It’s a fact. A little bit of the Brazilian lifestyle can make you a better person. And with the onset of mega cold in the Northern Hemisphere there are throngs of travelers who are choosing Brazil as their destination.
There are tons of reasons to go there: the cold mate on the beaches of Rio de [...]
Just this past Saturday I saw Waste Land. Wow.
At the risk of over-inflating the expectations of those who haven’t seen the film yet, I will give you my impression. Think of a documentary that touches the very soul and conveys heartfelt human emotion. Without shame, many a tear swelled up in my eyes and my [...]
Máte this… máte that… hmmm a glass of cold slightly sweetened máte with lemon on the beaches of Rio. But really, does anyone know what the true nature of the mysterious yerba mate plant is??
THE FACTS (from www.ushuaia.pl)
The plant, Ilex paraguariensis, was first scientifically classified by Swiss botanist Moses Bertoni, who settled in Paraguay in [...]
I’ve met a lot of cool people in the world, and a few of them have been New Yorkers. One of the coolest New Yorkers I’ve met is my friend (I think we qualify as friends) Jason Gardner. He is a music & travel photographer par excellence. www.jasongardner.net
You may be saying, ahhhh sh****t, he is [...]