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Best Beach Barracas in Fortaleza, Brazil

Throughout the Northeast, beach-going would be unimaginable without the ever-present seaside restaurant-bars where friends and family settle in for a long day of chatting, drinking beer, and nibbling on portions of fried fish and seafood.

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Reliving Tropicalismo – On and Off Screen

Channeling counterculture and rock n’roll, an eclectic and charismatic collective of artists galvanized fans and critics throughout the country with their shows, albums, performances, and happenings that came to be known collectively as Tropicalismo.

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Food and Lodging that Make the Grade

When Michael first came to Salvador he was overwhelmed by the amount of unique “must-try” Bahian dishes there were to sample. A restaurant-school can provide a great solution for travelers seeking to taste a range of dishes.

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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.