A (Brazilian) Winter’s Tale

Having grown up in Canada where temperatures of 0⁰ C (33⁰ degrees) were considered mild, “winter” in Salvador – and in much of the rest of tropical Brazil – has always struck author Michael Sommers as a somewhat surreal, and hilarious, concept.

Raindrops (Literally) Keep Falling on My Head

The rainy season is not a good time to be in Salvador. During these damp days, Bahians hole up at home and observe, from their windows and TV sets, the landscape transformed to a waterscape.

But what happens if it’s raining inside as well as out?

Red farmed patches of dirt show through the grass-green of the valley floor with large limestone formations jutting up hundreds of feet high.

Background Cuba: The Land

Cuba lies at the western end of the Greater Antilles group of Caribbean islands, which began to heave from the sea about 150 million years ago. Curling east and south like a shepherd’s crook are the much younger and smaller mostly volcanic Lesser Antilles, which bear little resemblance to their larger neighbor.

Stormy skies above a beach

When to Go to Brazil

Author Michazel Sommers tries to answer the oft-posed question of “When to Go?” to Brazil. The question used to be an easy one to answer, but lately it seems that all bets are off.

Clouds of Consolidation Threaten Brazil’s Open Skies

In recent years, both Brazilians and foreigners traveling around Brazil have rejoiced in the emergence of a number of top-notch, budget airlines such as Trip, Webjet, Azul, and Avianca (formerly Ocean Air). Giving the two dominant giants of the Brazilian skies – TAM and Gol – a run for their money, these efficient start-ups have played a major role in opening up new routes and, more importantly, in making prices much more competitive to the increasingly large number of passengers who are taking to the Brazilian skies.

Message in a Bottle

One of the most renowned Brazilian regions, the Sertão is also one of the least frequently visited – this in spite of the fact that this semi-arid region, stretching up from northern Minas Gerais into western Bahia and all the way up to the interiors of Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, and Ceará, covers approximately 10 percent of Brazil’s total area.