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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 […]

Read about “My Second Life in Brazil” in International Living

Hi all, Those of you who already subscribe to International Living magazine may already have seen my article first month: “Simple and Slower-Paced – My Second Life in Small-Town Brazil”. In the article I discuss how I came to live in little Paraty, and give a taste of what it’s like here, including the cost […]

Bloco de Lama (Parade of Mud*)

Hi all, While Paraty’s Carnival can’t compare to Rio’s, it’s not without its own charms. Notably, Paraty has the Bloco de Lama, which I will translate here loosely as the “Parade of Mud.” [*Editor’s note for you purists: Bloco would translate literally as “block,” or perhaps more precisely as “bloc,” but the idea is very […]

Carnival 2013 in Paraty

Hi all, Well, Carnival is in full swing right now. This year I’m enjoying the festivities here in my little town of Paraty, forgoing the mega-parades of Rio. Been there, done that. Three times. That’s enough. While Carnival here in Paraty is undoubtedly tame compared to Carnival in Rio or Salvador, the other big destination […]

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 […]

Ramon’s Lanchonete e Pastelaria

Hi all, I had to step out to pay a couple bills and took the opportunity to stop by the Lanchonete e Pastelaria across from the bus station. I happen to have a weaken for their pastel chinese de carne, which is a deep-fried doughy pastry filled with ground spiced beef. Just completely wrong and […]

Pedra de Engole (Swallow Rock)

Hi everyone, So this year I finally made good on my threats and migrated down the coast from Rio to the little town of Parati (also spelled as Paraty). One of my friends in Rio said that to make such a move was pretty Bohemian. I corrected her and said, “No, to get rid of […]


Hi everyone, Wow, that’s a big word for so early in the day. But it’s been on my mind this last week and a half since I arrived in Paraty. Paraty is, to use an overworked term, quaint. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In earlier days, Paraty was the terminus of the Gold Road, […]


Hi all, My regular readers will know that I decided last year to pull up stakes and peregrinate down to Paraty, a lovely little colonial city about 3 1/2 hours (depending) from Rio as the coastal road winds. I arrived in Rio a bit over a week ago, and yesterday I had accomplished all I […]

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 […]