Puerto Rico, the “Island of Enchantment”

Puerto Rico’s nickname, Island of Enchantment, is a fitting sobriquet. Sandy beaches, palm trees, and tropical breezes make it a favorite getaway for the sun and surf crowd. Rugged mountains and a verdant rain forest attract adventure travelers, and lavish hotels with ocean-side golf courses embrace vacationers who crave luxury.

Festivals in San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan loves a festival, and it often seems as though there’s one going on every weekend. Some have traditional origins, and others are products of the local tourism department, but they all promise insight into the island’s culture and are loads of fun.

Brazil’s Best and Write-est

There are changes taking place in Brazil’s robust literary scene. Brazilian writers under 40 are producing notable works, the best of which have been translated into English.

Making House Calls in Rio, Part 2

Recently, Michael visited two fantastic Rio de Janeiro homes that are open to the public. In 1992, the Salles family decided to convert their former residence into a private cultural center known as the Instituto Moreira Salles.

Plans and Punctuality

Expat author Michael Sommers often only realizes how “Brazilian” he’s become when he sees himself through foreign eyes. He discusses the flexibility of time and plans that are a part of Brazilian life and which can cause confusion or conflict with those not accustomed to the culture.

Early Peoples of the Virgin Islands

Four waves of pre-Columbian people settled in the Virgin Islands: the Ciboney, Igneri, Taino, and Kalinago peoples. Each group arrived in the Virgin Islands from South America, and each brought new advances in crop cultivation, social structure, and tools.

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.