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First Edition, May 2013
Pages: 288

Price: $19.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612383613

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Moon Living Abroad in Brazil

Michael Sommers is an expert on Brazilian life—he’s lived there for 13 years. In Moon Living Abroad in Brazil, he provides firsthand tips on everything from climate to culture, all in an easy-to-understand manner.

Moon Living Abroad in Brazil is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care—plus practical suggestions for how to rent or buy a home for a variety of needs and budgets, whether you’re moving to a metropolis or a more rural location. With color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps to help you find your way, Moon Living Abroad in Brazil will help you tackle the big move with confidence.

Here’s what author Michael Sommers loves about Brazil:
  • Luminous blue skies.
  • All the crazy, wonderful stories that people tell (Brazilians are great raconteurs).
  • Tropical fruits such as cupuaçu, mangaba, and bacuri.
  • Keeping the windows open 365 days of the year.
  • Nursing a hangover with água from a freshly machete-cut coconut.
  • How frequently and easily I can go barefoot.
  • How frequently and easily I can go dancing in the streets.
  • Once in a while a hummingbird flies into my living room.
  • Brazilian music provokes the soundtrack to my life.
  • I never have to rush.
  • The lyrical, colorful, and impossible-to-remember idiomatic expressions of the Portuguese language.
  • Dozing off in a hammock.
  • The heady perfume that rises from the earth after a sudden tropical downpour.
  • Easy getaways to unspoiled, natural paradises.
  • Breezes rustling in palm fronds.
  • The number of beijos (kisses) and abraços (hugs) I can rack up on any given day.
  • Brazilians’ disarming ability to take a dire, dark situation and make it seem lighter: all about life and living.
  • Knowing that when I’m burned out, stressed out, down and out, I can walk down the street and hurl myself into the embrace of a perpetually warm, blue ocean.

Michael Sommers

Michael Sommers first traveled to Brazil at the age of four. His only memory of Rio de Janeiro is that of being served a glistening orange wedge of papaya in the grand dining room at the Hotel Gloria. Twenty years later, he returned to Brazil, where he was seduced by the intense, colorful landscapes, rich cultures, and warm people. Michael eventually settled down in Salvador, the baroque capital of Bahia, where he has worked as a writer and journalist for over a decade.

Born in Texas and raised in Toronto, Michael grew up with travel on the brain—the result of time spent in the backseat of Oldsmobiles, Mini Mokes, and Pan Am jets under the influence of his Gourmet-addicted mother and his father’s roving zoom lens.

When Michael turned 18 he took flight, setting down temporary roots in cities such as Bordeaux, Paris, Montreal, New York, and Lisbon. During this time, he earned a BA in Literature from McGill University and an MA in History and Civilizations from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where his thesis was “The Image of Brazil and Brazilians in Hollywood Cinema.” He also worked as a writer and editor at magazines and newspapers and freelanced for publications such as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Globe and Mail.

In addition to authoring Moon Brazil and Moon Rio de Janeiro, he blogs about Brazilian travel and culture on ( While he has yet to master the art of preparing feijoada (Brazil’s national stew of beans, salted beef, and pork), he does make a mean caipirinha.