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Tom Jobim

Hi all, You can’t really know Brazil if you don’t know something about its music. And no musician in Brazil’s history is better known than the late Tom Jobim. If you don’t recognize the name, then surely you know his most famous composition: “The Girl from Ipanema”. (For the history of the song click here: The […]


Hi all, I’m back! I have some nice posts lined up for you. I met on Saturday with another gringo, Joel Garcia, who just moved down to Rio about 10 days ago. He actually did so without having ever visited here before, so I chide him that he’s a “Brazil virgin”. Anyway, I’ve promised to […]

Get my tour of Ipanema and Copacabana on Amazon!

Hi all, So awhile back I wrote and photographed some tours for an outfit called Visual Travel Tours ( One of these tours is a walking tour of Ipanema and Copacabana in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro.Lo and behold, I find that this tour is now for sale on (Is there anything […]

It’s official: Rio is the world’s happiest city

Hi all, OK, most these “Top 10” lists floating around out there are kind of hokey. But according to The Bay Area Traveler and as reported in the The Huffington Post, Rio de Janeiro is the world’s happiest city. There is no real explanation of what that means or how the list was established. Still, I […]

Friday Postcard: Brazilian Churrasco

Hi all, Wow, this week really flew by! After some rain during the week, the sky looks beautiful this morning. Maybe I will hit the beach this weekend. Often in the Friday postcards I show photos of beautiful scenery – of which there is no shortage here. But one of the other attractions of Brazil is […]

Video: Damon’s Massage on the Beach

Hi all, Well, I’m back. My absence was imposed by the death of my Apple MacBook Pro. I can tell you one thing: If you plan to relocate to Brazil, bring a PC. It is next to impossible to get an Apple serviced here. Parts, if they can be found, are 3-4 times the cost […]

Friday Postcard: The Copacabana Fresh Market

Hi all, Most Fridays I post a picture of some stunning location I’ve visited in Brazil. Certainly there is no shortage of wondrous scenery here. But day-to-day life is colorful and entertaining as well. Each Wednesday I go to the fresh market held a few blocks away from my apartment here in Copacabana, near the […]

A Massage on Copacabana Beach

Hi all, I hope your weekend was a good one. My birthday was yesterday. To celebrate, I got a massage on the beach. Unfortunately, neither of the massage therapists I usually visit was working, so I had my massage with a new guy. It was a bit of a disappointment – although, as with sex, […]

Friday Postcard: Girl from Ipanema Restaurant

Hi all, I hope that you’ve had a good week. My buddy Greg is in from the US, so that means a lot of going to the beach and eating out. Last night he, Geovana, Michelli, and I went to the Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema) restaurant. No doubt you’ve heard the Muzak version […]

Video: Marsal, That Açaí Guy on Ipanema Beach

Hello all, As usual, I spent time this weekend on the beach. In this post I’d like to introduce you to one of the fabled characters who populate the sand here. *** Anyone who has spent an afternoon on Ipanema Beach has probably heard the bass baritone of Marsal, better known as “That Açaí Guy.” […]