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Photo Essay: Brazilians

Carnival drag queen, Salvador carnival brazil

As you may have heard many times, much of the joy of travelling in Brazil is meeting the Brazilians. As I say in my book: Brazil’s strength lies in its people and not in institutions that have been imposed, modified and mutated over the centuries to serve an elite; the ruling classes have failed the […]

Porto Seguro: Brazil’s Discovery Coast

Beaches of Porto Seguro Brazil

It was a dozen kilometres north of today’s Porto Seguro that Pedro Álvares Cabral claimed Brazil for the Portuguese Crown on 22 April 1500. Note that I don’t say discovered Brazil. It’s not out of an overtly strong sensitivity about the Eurocentric word ‘discovery’, no. It’s because he simply didn’t. There had been at least […]