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Saturday

AYAHUASCA TEA CEREMONY: JOURNEY WITHIN

Talk to someone who has experience with Ayahuasca and you will understand very quickly that although the ingredients of the tea are pretty easy to explain, making an effort to describe anything beyond that borders on impossible. Brian Wilson (Urban Shaman aka “Wannabe Woodsman”), an American living in Brazil and your guide for the tea ceremony should you partake, does a great job of articulating this powerful medicine.

1st a Little Info on Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca, in its physical form, is a healing plant mixture boiled, strained, and drank in sacred ceremony by shamans in the Amazon rainforest for thousands, possibly tens of thousands of years. There is tons of research available explaining the long-term benefits of working with the brew, including a permanent increase in seratonin levels (leading to more happy, fulfilling lives), release of various physical ailments (some considered incurable in Western medicine), and release of psychological and mental-related illnesses (such as schizophrenia). Spiritually, this plant is in its own Universe, beyond comprehension levels of most and limited by mere language.

Thursday

HOW TO ADAPT TO BRAZILIAN CULTURE

How to Adapt to Brazilian Culture

User-Submitted Article
How an American survives living in Brazil.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need:

  • Patience
  • An open mind
  • A tiny bikini
  1. Get used to kissing strangers.

Tuesday

LOCAL CULTURE: INDIGENOUS TRIBE IN BAHIA

This place was always called Bahia...One of the names for the tribes that still exist today is Baenã.  They don't look like the Indians you see on t.v. in the U.S. either.

check out this link for the complete article: http://pib.socioambiental.org/en/povo/pataxo-ha-ha-hae/print

Introdução

The indigenous peoples today known generically by the ethnonym Pataxó Hãhãhãe are made up of the Baenã, Pataxó Hãhãhãe, Kamakã, Tupinambá, Kariri-Sapuyá and Gueren ethnic groups. Inhabitants of the south of Bahia state, the contact history of these groups with non-indigenous populations has been shaped by land expropriations, forced relocations, the transmission of diseases and killings. The land reserved for them by the State in 1926 was invaded and largely converted into private farms. The slow and tortuous process of regaining these lands began in the 1980s only: a successful conclusion still appears to be some way off, with the reserve remaining under judicial consideration.

Direct contact

Follow the latest news and events concerning the Pataxó Hã-hã-hãe, and other groups, on the web a: http://indiosonline.org.br and http://webbrasilindigena.org

Location and population


The population inhabits the Caramuru-Paraguaçu Indigenous Reserve, 54,099 ha in size, in the south of
Bahia, in the municipalities of Itajú do Colônia, Camacã and Pau-Brasil. This area is currently being kept under judicial consideration. Some also live in the Fazenda Baiana Reserve, 304 ha in size, in Camamu municipality in the far south of Bahia.

In May 2005 the population living in the

Sunday

MOORISH HISTORY AND ISLAM IN BRAZIL

One of the keys to researching Moorish history is the understanding that the terms "muslim" and "islam" when applied to Africans, especially in the Western Hemisphere, is a code word for Moor.  This is a result of the Spanish Inquisition, which never truly ended.


Muslim slaves in 18th century's Bahia, Brazil
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Cabral did not discovered Brazil; a half of the slaves brought to the Americas must well have been Muslims; the Quilombo of Palmares followed Muslim orientation; Portugal and Spain were Muslims by 800 years until just two years before Cabral having arrived at Brazil ...

This, not to mention that the Reformation had Muslim support ... In short: the history of Brazil and the Americas is undergoing an amazing revision that is still not entirely known even by the Latin American academy and deeply involves the Muslims. This and more is approached through a variety of media in: http://www.martinsbenperrusi.com/crbst_41.html

Original Article Here:
Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas
Muslims' love for education continued in slavery wherever possible. Gilberto Freyre, the Brazilian scholar is quoted as saying "in the slave sheds of Bahia in 1835 there were perhaps more persons who knew how to read and write than up above, in the Big Houses [of slave owners]".

What happened to these Muslims when slavery was officially over? Diouf does report narratives recorded as late as the 1940s about how Islam was practiced by some African-American descendants of slaves in the islands of the North Carolinas. Steven Barboza (1993) also mentions that in 1910 there were some 100,000 African Muslims in Brazil.

Wikipedia, Islam in Brazil
Islam in Brazil was first practiced by African slaves. The early Brazilian Muslims led the largest slave revolt in Brazil, which then had the largest slave population of the world. The next significant migration of Muslims was by Arabs from Syria and Lebanon. The number of Muslims in Brazil according to the 2000 Brazilian census was 27,239[1], or 0.00016% of the total population. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life's 2009 report, that number had grown to 191,000[2], or 0.096% of the total population.

History


Capoeira or the Dance of War by Johann Moritz Rugendas, 1835

The history of Muslims in Brazil begins with the importation of African slave labor to the country. Brazil obtained 37% of all African slaves traded, and more than 3 million slaves were sent to this one country. Starting around 1550, the Portuguese began to trade African slaves to work the sugar plantations once the native Tupi people deteriorated. Scholars claim that Brazil received more enslaved Muslims than anywhere else in the Americas.[3]

Malê Revolt

The Muslim uprising of 1835 in Bahia illustrates the condition and legacy of resistance among the community of Malês, as African Muslims were known in 19th century Bahia. The majority of the participants were Nago, the local designation for ethnic Yoruba. Many of the "Malês" had been soldiers and captives in the wars between Oyo, Ilorin and other Yoruba city-states in the early part of the 19th Century. Other participants included Hausa and Nupe clerics, along with Jeje or Dahomean soldiers who had converted to Islam or fought in alliance with Muslims.[4]."

Saturday

Bahia Spotlight: Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte

Article taken from Wikitravel Praia do Forte
The main attraction in Praia do Forte [1] is the "Projeto Tamar" turtle sanctuary [2]. The sanctuary has pools where you can see several varieties of turtle and various kinds of fish and is worth a visit. Entry fee is 7 reais. At first sight the town of Praia do Forte may seem to exist mainly for tourists to buy turtle-themed items but it is an interesting area with a nearby ecological reserve and there are several good pousadas, as well as apartments that can be rented for longer periods.
Lighthouse from the beach at Praia do Forte
Lighthouse from the beach at Praia do Forte

Get in

Praia do Forte is 1.5 - 2 hrs on a bus from Salvador. You can get the bus from Calçada (near the bottom of the Lacerda lift) or from the rodoviária bus station). The bus costs 6.5 reais (May 2006).
Salvador's airport is to the northeast of the town, giving easy access to Praia do Forte if you want to by-pass Salvador itself. Car rental is available from several companies. Buses leave from the airport at 10.30 and 14.30 for Praia do Forte.

Get around

  • From where the bus drops you off, you can walk anywhere in town. The path to the beach and to Projeto Tamar is lined with shops and restaurants.

See

  • Projeto Tamar is a successful environmental project in Praia do Forte. TAMAR stands for Tartarugas Marinhas (Sea Turtles). The Project is a non-profit organization with its main objective being to protect sea turtles from extinction on the Brazilian coastline. Praia do Forte is one of 22 bases of the project along the Brazilian coast, which have now released close to 10mn turtles into the Atlantic.
A Turtle in a tank at Projeto Tamar
A Turtle in a tank at Projeto Tamar

Bahia Spotlight: Morro de São Paulo

Morro de São Paulo

Morro de São Paulo is a village in the northern tip of the Tinharé island in Bahia. Reachable only by boat or plane, the village has no paved streets or car traffic. There are, however, lots of hotels, pousadas and restaurants, as well as a few ATMs. The island's beaches are nice and imaginatively named First, Second, Third and Fourth beach.

Morro de São Paulo
Morro de São Paulo

Get in


By plane

Morro has no actual airport but charter flights from Salvador take 20 minutes from Salvador and land on two runways, located respectively on the Third and Fourth Beach. Cost around R$231 from Salvador.

By boat

You can get there from Salvador by catching a ferry or catamaran from the Mercado Modelo,

BASIC INFO ABOUT THE CAPITAL OF BAHIA, SALVADOR

posted on Salvador - eTrip Tips Wiki

Salvador  

From eTripTips Wiki

Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, Brazil. With a charming Old Town (a World Heritage Site), a vibrant musical scene and popular Carnival celebrations, it is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture.

History

Founded in 1549, Salvador was the capital in the heyday of the slave trade. The legacy remains today in its large black population, and the resulting culture in many ways outshines the rest of Brazil -- in music, many of the greatest names from the mid-20th century to the present hail from here, such as Dorival Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso. In literature, the late Jorge Amado was also from the region. It's a vibrant, exciting city, and its people are quite friendly.

Orientation

Salvador is located on a peninsula which shields the large Baía de Todos os Santos ("Bay of All Saints") from the Atlantic Ocean. The city is the third largest in Brazil, sprawling for dozens of kilometers inland from the coast. Most visitors head for the coastal neighborhoods that cluster around where the bay meets the ocean.

A 100m cliff runs along the entire bayshore, dividing the city into Cidade Alta, up on the cliff, and the Cidade Baixa down by the bay. The former features Pelourinho, the old city center that packs historical sites, colonial architecture, museums, restaurants, bars, hostels, artesanal shops, and music/dance/capoeira academies into a convenient, if tourist-swarmed, set of winding cobblestone streets. The latter features a commercial center with lots of bus traffic coming in from all over Salvador.

Outside of this area, there are many beach districts that stretch from the tip of the peninsula northeast along the Atlantic coast. The Barra neighborhood at the tip of the peninsula is the main alternative jumping-off point to Pelourinho, and a little further to the northeast are the hip neighborhoods of Rio Vermelho and Amaralina, which feature a nightlife less geared to the foreign tourism industry. A decent bus ride beyond these is the neighborhood of Itapuã, which has an energetic beachside nightlife and relatively few foreign visitors. Northward from there are kilometers and kilometers of gorgeous beaches, all accessible by bus.

The bayshore coast north beyond Pelourinho features a more tranquil

Thursday

Brazil Entry Requirements

Brazil Entry Requirements

Visa and Passport
Both passport and Visa are required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Brazilian visas can only be obtained from a Brazilian embassy or consulate and must be obtained in advance: there are no "passport visas". Entry into Brazil will be denied to anyone without a valid visa.

All visas must be used within 90 days of the issued day; dated visas are not valid.

Exemption from Tourist Visa:
Travelers from countries listed below are not required to obtain a tourist visa:
Andorra*, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas*, Barbados*, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia*, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Morocco, Monaco, Namibia*, Netherlands, Norway, Panama*, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago*, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.
* These countries require a business visa, though they are exempt from a tourist one.

In response to the US-VISIT program introduced in January 1, 2004 the Brazilian government began to fingerprint and photograph all U.S. citizens arriving in Brazil. Fines, averaging $15,000 each based on stated income, were handed out within the first six weeks of the new policy, for obscene gestures made while being photographed. Please be advised that local law is in act, and disrespecting and showing contempt for a government official is an extreme offence in Brazil.

Visitors who have recently visited infected-Yellow fever areas (listed in the Immunization section) may be required to present their inoculation card or they may be denied entry into Brazil.

Minors
Minors- under 18- traveling alone/with one parent/with third party- must have written authorization by the absent parent(s)/guardian stating permission to travel alone/with one parent/with third party. This must be in Portuguese and authenticated by a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate.

Dual Nationality
U.S. citizens who also hold Brazilian nationality must obtain a Brazilian passport from a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate, for a Visa will not be issued. They may be subject to Brazilian laws outside of those affecting U.S. citizens.

Saturday

When Monkeys Attack | Info on Brazil Wildlife | Monkeys in Brazil

You know how sometimes you are walking down the street and you see a pack of micos everywhere?  Especially when someone has bananas or some other fruit that is about to go bad and they sit it out for the monkeys instead of throwing it away.

It happens like this:
1st Someone leaves some fruit out and a few monkeys come down from the trees to devour it.
monkeys in brazil filmed in salvador bahia brasil
just in case don't know what a mico is...here they are


2nd A couple more show up...
brazil wildlife snapshot micos eating bananas in bahia brasil


3rd Before you know it like 20 of these little guys show up to join the feast!
monkeys in brazil on film salvador bahia brasil
they started to realize they were being filmed


We have had some fruit bandits before in the past.  I set out a mango that wasn't even ripe and they gobbled it up.  Micos are gangster!  The seed was still spinning in the air.

Here's a little background info on the micos:

According to Wikipedia, "Brazil has the largest mammal diversity in the world, with more than 600 described species and, probably, many yet to be discovered... Mico is a genus of New World monkeys of the family Callitrichidae, the family containing marmosets and tamarins."

I was looking up Brazil wildlife online to see what the experts at Wikipedia had to say about monkeys in Brazil, particular these little guys that we see all the time.  They didn't list any mico species as having their habitat in the state of Bahia but obviously noone has informed these monkeys.

They can be found all over the place, pretty much anywhere you find trees, you will find monkeys.  I remember the 1st time we visited the zoo there were more monkeys out rooming freely in the area around the zoo than there were inside the zoo exhibit.

So back to the micos...
These guys run the airwaves too.  You can pretty much assume that they are overhead watching you if there are any trees nearby.  They use the telephone wires and electric wires to travel throughout the city.

I realized this one day when I looked up and saw one monkey in a tree.  I took a closer look and realized there was at least 7 in that tree.  After that I noticed them everywhere.  They were in all the trees and walking along the wires overhead.  It was crazy.  I never noticed them like that before.  Sometimes I might see one or two but they were and always are all over the place.


Hope you enjoy that short video of the urban wildlife here is Bahia.

Micos are one of several types of macocos (monkeys) found in Brazil.  You can even buy them (ahem, illegally) on the street in some feiras (markets).

FOOD FROM BRAZIL: MOORISH INFLUENCE

The food from Brazil is just as interesting and diverse as the people and landscape of this thriving melting pot.  There has been heavy influence from the various immigrants to the country as well as the indigenous population.

food from brazil


This post will focus on the heavy Moorish influence on Brazilian cuisine coming from an interesting mix of Portugal, African slaves, and Arab immigrants.  Portugal at the time of the colonization of Brazil was a nation recovering from a lengthy period of Moorish occupation. Many of the colonist were Christianized Moors, or moriscos.  Also, a little known fact is that Brazil has the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East.

The Moorish Influence on Food From Brazil


The Moorish influenced remained in Portuguese culture as evident in the cuisine and language.  Many Portuguese words have Arabic roots such as orange (laranja in Portuguese; from the Arabic naranj نارنج) and rice (arroz in Portuguese; from the Arabic al-ruzz).  Both rice and oranges were brought to Spain and Portugal by the Moors.

The Arab influence is so deeply embedded in to Brazilian culture that most do not realize how prevalent it is. It has just been integrated as Brazilian.  In the main Brazilian cities it is easy to find restaurants that cook Arabic food such as sfihas (Portuguese esfirra), tabbouleh (Portuguese tabule), kibbeh (Portuguese quibe), hummus, tahina and halwa are very well known among Brazilians.

Brazilian mainstays such as cuscuz arrived via African slaves.  Cuscuz is a popular dish in Bahia, Brasil.
Couscous is actually the national dish of Morocco.  The term Cuscuz, also spelled cuscus and cuzcuz in Portuguese, refers to several preparations in different regions of the country. The origin of the plate is certainly the Middle Eastern couscous, but once it was introduced to the new tropical culture, several versions using local ingredients began to develop.
cuscuz food from brazil

cuscuzeira bahia brasilIn Bahia, Brasil Cuscuz can be a plain, steamed, cake-like cereal made with flocos de milho pré-cozidos (yellow, precooked corn meal - “Milharina”, by Quaker, is a very well known brand). Usually served for breakfast, it’s made in the cuscuzeira, or cuscuzeiro (see picture), a steaming pan that has a perforated metal disc with a handle that seats on top of simmering water where you place the corn meal, previously moistened with salt water.
cuscuz de tapioca in bahia brasil 
Then, there’s cuscuz de tapioca, a sweet, flan-like version of the dish made with manioc/yucca tapioca pearls, coconut and condensed milk.  Source




kibe with hummus food from brazil 






kibe arabic food from brazil Kibe/Quibe: extremely popular, it corresponds to the Lebanese dish kibbeh and was brought to mainstream Brazilian culture by Syrian and Lebanese immigrants. It can be served baked, fried, or raw.  It is stuffed with meat or hummus.
esfiha arabic food from brazil 



Esfiha (Arabic: sfiha): another Middle Eastern dish, despite being a more recent addition to Brazilian cuisine they are nowadays easily found everywhere, specially in Northeastern, Southern and Southeastern regions. They are pie/cakes with fillings like beef, mutton, cheese curd, or seasoned vegetables.



tabouli food from brazil arabic
Tabouli is another fixture at salad bars.

West African Flavor of Food From Brazil


The African hand in the Brazilian cooking pot completes the triptych, most noticeably in the northeastern states, where the plantation system held greatest sway. There, from virtually the inception of colonization, Africans were in control of the kitchens of the Big Houses. In Bahia, Brasil they were from the Bight of Benin and the Sudanese regions of West Africa. In Rio and Pernambuco, they were mainly Bantu. All brought their own tastes in food.
baiana cooking bahia brasil influence
This baiana in Bahia, Brasil is preparing acaraje and has cuscuz as well as cuscuz de tapioca

food from brazil acaraje from bahia brasil
Acaraje, the Brazilian falafel
The religious traditions of the African continent crossed the Atlantic as well, and in the hands of the Big House cooks, many ritual dishes were secularized and joined the culinary repertoire. The akara, a bean fritter fried in palm oil by the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria, was transformed into the Brazilian black-eyed pea fritter, or acaraje; fon akassa changed only its spelling to become the acaca, and the Angolan cornmeal porridge known as funji kept its name and its spelling as the dishes of the African continent were turned into Brazilian standbys.


African cooks embellished dishes with ginger, chilies, and pulverized cashew nuts and maintained the tastes of coastal Africa in the continued use of dried smoked shrimp and palm oil. They adapted recipes and adopted the ingredients of the new land to create a cooking so unique that the food of the state of Bahia is considered by many the linchpin that connects the cooking of Africa with that of the Western Hemisphere.
Source
food of Bahia Brasil


Check out the article below from Islamictourism.com:

Food From Brazilian with an Arab touch

Islamic Tourism – Issue 34 – March-April / 2008

By  Habeeb Salloum

In the world of culinary art, Brazil is to Portugal what Mexico is to Spain. These two colonies
in the New World were the crown jewels of their respective motherland. However, in their
cuisines, both carrying deep Arab influences, there is a difference.

Even though many of the original colonists in both countries were Moors newly converted to Christianity, in Brazil, a huge number of African slaves were imported to work on the plantations. A good number were Muslims and their food was saturated with North African influences. The 20th century Arab immigrants to the country added another dimension to Brazilian food. Hence, the Moorish heritage of the Portuguese

Sunday

Salvador International Airport


Here is a link to a very helpful site about the Salvador International Airport.

http://www.aeroportosalvador.net/en/salvador-airport-guide

There is a mall in the airport as well as two cambios (foreign exchange stores).  Banco do Brasil, the central bank in Brazil also has a branch in the mall.  The Federal Police have a station located near the airport entrance.

There are plenty of restaurants, travel agencies, and pretty much anything else you may need upon arriving or passing thru the Salvador airport.

As long as you aren't trying to smuggle in anything illegal you should have a pretty pleasant and relatively easy trip.  The airport is fairly modern and convenient.  ALL of the Policia Federal detectives speak fluent English.  Don't let them fool you, LOL.

They want you to at least try to speak Portuguese and many times will not let it be known that they speak English however they do or else they would not be working at the airport station.  Just wanted to share that because anyone who stays longer than 90 days will have to visit the Policia Federal at the airport to get show them their visa.

These bamboo trees form a tunnel at the entrance to Salvador's airport.

Saturday

HOW TO CALL IN BRAZIL (LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL)

phone call in brazil

 

Dialing Instructions

Brazil City Codes for Customers Dialing From Brazil

Local Calls While in Brazil (Vivo's network) to a Landline or Cellular Number:
Dial the local subscriber's number (7 or 8-digit length).

To Call US while in Brazil: 00 + Long Distance Provider Code (15) + 1 + 123-456-7890.

National Calls While in Brazil (Vivo's network):

0 + long distance code + area code + telephone number (e.g. 0 + LD + 2-digit area code + 7 or 8-digit telephone number).

International Call While in Brazil (Vivo's network) to Another International Destination:
00 + long distance code + country code + national destination code +telephone number (e.g. 00 + LD + variable length CC + variable lengthNDC + variable length telephone number).

Emergency Number While in Brazil:
190 (Police) and 193 (Fire station).

BRAZIL & SEX TOURISM

brazil girls

salvador bahiaBrazil is a very alluring, sexy place.  The people, land, and the culture are all very enticing and sensuous.  I mean for example where else can you hop on a boat and be at an exotic, tropical island in about 30 minutes?  My wife and I for example can have the whole beach to ourselves where we get to feel like we are the only people in the world.

women of brazil booty
I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge this simple fact.  The first thoughts that come to mind when people around the world think of Brazil are exotic and sexy.  Maybe you can throw soccer in there too, lol.

There is an industry built off of international visitors, mainly from Europe, North America, and Australia, who come here for sex.  They come from other places too but those are the main areas.


black in brazil
I am not knocking this activity or promoting it.  I just thought I'd

Friday

BAIA DE CAMAMU: PARADISE IN SOUTHERN BAHIA

paradise south of salvador bahia
Gorgeous and peaceful, Baía de Camamu, on the coast of the state of Bahia, Brasil is a place in which to bathe in the sea, relax and taste some lobster or shrimp. A refuge that fortunately remains protected.

André Silva, special for ANBA*

bahia brasil camamu paradise
source: www.1000dias.com
Camamu – A narrow strip of sand that seems like it may be submersed any second, marks the meeting between Baía de Camamu’s (Camamu Bay) peaceful waters and the stronger waves of the Atlantic Ocean. A framework of wood and straw beams is the only sign of human occupation at Coroa Vermelha (Portuguese for Red Crown), as the bay’s locals dubbed this sand strip. This desolate small island, a good spot to take a swim in the sea, bears witness to one of the main attractions of Camamu’s: the resistance of beaches, groves and islands in this Southern Bahia refuge to human occupation.


Coroa Vermelha could look altogether different. The locals explain how the island was purchased years ago by a famous singer in an axé music group (a typical local rhythm) who tried to build a mansion there. The

Thursday

Brazil World Cup Countdown


Well the World Cup is officially less than two weeks away.

I meant to put this post out a few months ago but I forgot to hit publish, lol

With the start of the World Cup a few months away (starts June 12th), FIFA says it will not pay some of Brazil's World Cup bills even though it admits the local organizers' failure to fulfill their commitments may jeopardize the tournament's success.


The protests are still going on.


Military presence is pretty heavy.


 Clock is ticking.

Brazil is going to do it their way.

Stop worrying about it.  Everything is going to be alright.

World Cup Time | Official Song Feat Pitbull J Lo and Claudia Leitte | We Are One

 

 The World Cup is Here!
Check out the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup song



Claudia Leitte looks great!  I'm glad they got an artist from Salvador da Bahia.  I know she was born in Rio but Bahia is where she came up and developed her style of music.

I'm not even going to mention the alleged "backlash" from World Cup fans over the video which was shot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (a great city, I used to live there).  It might has well have been shot in Brazil.  You know why?  Because South Florida is Brazil.  South Florida is a combination of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean with a little dash of the US thrown in.

I used to hear people on the street speaking Brazilian Portuguese all the time.  So back to the World Cup.  It looks like Brazil is ready to shine despite all of the protests and other hold ups.

I'm glad for Brazil.  This is a great opportunity to show its dynamic culture and take control of the perception of the country on a global scale.  The eyes of a billion people will be on this wonderful country this summer.

Sunday

Random Traveller Stories: Brazil Through Foreign Eyes Pt 11

Brazil Through Foreign Eyes
March 24, 2008

Meet R Dub from the USA who has been fascinated with Brazil for several years and almost moved here. Read the following interview in which he tells us about some of his most memorable experiences from Brazil and gives some useful advice to newcomers.

1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do etc.?

I‘m the Program Director of Hot 92.3FM in Los Angeles and I also host and produce a syndicated "love songs and dedications" radio show called Sunday Nite Slow Jams that airs in 50 cities. I‘ve been doing radio since I was 15 years old - it is my passion (along with Brazil). I recently relocated to Los Angeles from Tucson, Arizona to run one of the biggest radio stations in the country. I was supposed to be living in Brazil right now... but that‘s another story, which I‘ll explain later...

2. When did you arrive in Brazil and what brought you here?

Random Traveller Stories: Brazil Through Foreign Eyes Pt 10

Brazil Through Foreign Eyes
Meet Eddie Soto, from the USA, who regularly travels to and from Brazil and other areas in South America with work. Read the following interview where he tells us about some of his most memorable experiences from Brazil and gives some useful advice to newcomers.

1. Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do etc.?

I am originally from new York City and my parents were from Puerto Rico. I studied here in the United Sates as well as in Central America. I have lived in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil. I am fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. I did graduate work here in the USA and have a master‘s degree from Princeton. Presently I am an Associate Pastor in a Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Previous to this I taught in university level theological institutions in Guatemala, Venezuela and the city of Fortaleza in Brazil as well as in São Paulo City. Among my present duties I take groups from our church to different parts of the world to expose them to other cultures and expressions of the Christian faith. We have been to Costa Rica, Mexico, brazil and this year are planning a trip to Madagascar, Africa.

2. When did you arrive in Brazil and what brought you here?

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