Rodin Under the Mango Trees

When I first heard about the plans to open a Rodin museum in my adopted hometown of Salvador, the idea struck me as something straight out of a Gabriel Garcia Márquez novel. However, this was no piece of fiction and, in 2006, Brazil’s first Museu Rodin was inaugurated just a few blocks away from me in the leafy midst of the staid, old money, residential neighborhood of Graça.

Man on street carrying sack

To Give… Or Not to Give… (Is that the Question?)

“To give or not to give,” is a perplexing question. When I first arrived in Bahia, I was in a quandary as to how to respond to beggars. I took cues from my friends who with seeming nonchalance, in a bantering or mildly irritated manner blew such people off.