Author Michael Sommers. Photo © Michael Sommers.

Moon Brazil 4th Edition and Ch… Ch… Ch… Changes

When I was asked to contribute an article to accompany the recently launched 4th edition of Moon Brazil, my editor suggested an update of sorts to a piece I published four years ago upon the release of the 3rd edition. As I reread the former post, the refrain of Changes, David Bowie’s existential hit of 1971, popped up and began unspooling in my mind.

Front and back of bank notes worth 1000 pesos from Chile

Money Matters: Exchange Rate Update

Money is everyone’s concern, especially when traveling overseas, and getting accustomed to foreign currency, knowing where and when to change it, and calculating what things cost can be challenge even when it’s a country you know well. That’s why paying attention to exchange rates is extremely important.

A pile of loosely scattered real bills.

The World’s Most Overvalued Currency

Since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar. As a result, many things (bus fare, beer, life in general) are slowly, but surely, getting more expensive.