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The Making of Moon Living Abroad in Brazil

For Brazil expert Michael Sommers, the chance to compare and contrast his own expat experience with those of so many others was both unprecedented and revelatory. In this post he talks a bit about what it was like to consider writing a book for others seeking to live abroad in Brazil.

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U.S. is the Number One Source of Immigrants to Brazil

Thinking of working abroad? Consider Brazil. More and more people are moving there as a result of Brazil’s growing economy, coupled with a severe lack of skilled workers and the economic crises wreaking havoc (and unemployment) in the United States and Europe.

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Best English-Language Blogs about Brazil

Michael Sommers shares some interesting English language blogs that, instead of focusing on expat lives, shine a light on various themes or topics related to Brazil, its politics, economy, culture, and society. Taken together, these make for insightful, entertaining, and informative reading for Brazilianists of all stripes.

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The Lives and Blogs of Expats in Brazil

Many of these expat blogs offer rich glimpses into life in Brazil—not just for those toying with the idea of living here, but for travelers interested in visiting Brazil, armchair Brazilianists, and readers with a penchant for postcards from the edge penned by 21st-century adventurers.

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Taking Sweet, Sustainable Flight

Brazil is a notorious pioneer in the development and use of renewable biofuels. Veteran travel writer Michael Sommers discusses recent efforts to develop a sustainable alternative for airplane fuel.

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Beaches North of Natal

Heading north from Natal—by bus or buggy—the beaches get increasingly wild and the dunes more impressive. The most famous draws are Genipabu, with its shifting dunes and dromedaries, and Pitangui and Jacumã, with their alluring freshwater lagoons.

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Brazil’s First Love Motel – for Pets

Often a source of confusion for North American tourists, a motel in Brazil is where couples go for amorous encounters. Recently a pair of entrepreneurs in Minas Gerais just opened the first motel catering to pets. The wealthy can drop off their pets at this eight-story complex for breeding, grooming, and pampering.

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Big City Fix in Belo Horizonte

Michael and his boyfriend take a weekend road trip from Diamantina to Belo Horizonte, a popular destination for Diamantinenses seeking a fix of Big City entertainment. While not a classic tourist destination, over the last couple of years, the city has made major investments in its leisure and cultural offerings.

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When Oscar Came to Town

Most people who visit Diamantina are lured by the splendid colonial architecture that has earned the 18th-century diamond mining town UNESCO World Heritage status. Yet amidst the elegant colonial homes and ornate baroque churches lie the traces of a small but seminal moment in Brazilian Modernism.

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Da Boca do Brasileiro: Diamantina Insights

Diamantina is one of Minas’ most charming and unpretentious historical towns, a beguiling patchwork of whitewashed houses, baroque churches, and cobblestoned squares. Get an inside look at Diamantina through the eyes of a local with recommendations of what to eat and what not to miss.