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Herbie Hancock performs at the MIMO Festival in Paraty

Hello all! I’m back after a few days of R&R in Paraty, my old stomping ground. I went down from Rio with my Aussie friend Rod and stayed in Paraty with my Brazilian friend Eryck. The reason for the trip down was that this past weekend the MIMO festival opened in Paraty. The MIMO Festival […]

Another day at the office

Hi all, I hope that your weekend was as good as mine. We finally got a break from the summer rains (recall that down here in the southern hemisphere we are entering summer) and had a gorgeous day – at least until about 5:00 PM, when showers finally pushed through. But at 10:00 AM the […]

A few reflections (pre-flight)

Hi all, Generally I try to give my posts more of a travelogue or op-ed slant, eschewing what my friend Ana refers to as the “what-I-had-for-breakfast” blog posts. But as tomorrow I head out of Brasil for several weeks, I will lapse a bit into reflection. Please indulge me. I will, however, avoid actual […]

Cabbages and kings…

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax / Of cabbages – and kings.” The time has indeed come. In a week I will be leaving Rio, my home for a tad over 3 years. I’ll spend several weeks in the US, visiting […]

My new post on HostelBookers: Paraty

Hi all, You may have read my post from a couple months back about hostels here in Rio. Hostels are one way to save some money when visiting this increasingly expensive city. Hostels have become more upscale. Don’t expect to find huge dorm rooms with racks of bunk beds. is a great place to […]