Post Tagged with: "Brazil"

3Jan
2014

Backpacking Across South America? Here’s Your 3-Week Itinerary

Three friends are planning separate trips to South America in 2014 (one is World Cup-related!) and asked me for suggested itineraries after my six months on the continent in 2008. To help them out, I list some suggested sights, a list of bus times as I know them (really hard to find!), and a few other tips and tricks for spending a month in South America.

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5Nov
2010

View from Sugarloaf

As New York gets colder, I can’t help but think how Karina’s new hemisphere is heating up. And so, my mind wanders to the beach town of South America: Rio de Janeiro. Sugarloaf is one of Rio’s most famous landmarks after Christ the Redeemer. Tourists can take gondolas to different tiers on the mountain for these killer views of the city. Above, one of the gondola bases is visible as we ascend to the top. Below, Christ the Redeemer shows […]

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2Jul
2010

Bringing the Goods Back Home

When you have to dig through your closet to find buried souvenirs, what’s the point? We are firm believers that the best souvenirs are the ones you see every day. They become a part of your day-to-day life, sparking memories and conversation. Here, we list a few of our favorites. A hideous coin purse, Buenos Aires     The Argentinean bus system is notorious for its impractical requirement that coins — not bills or any special reload-able transit card — […]

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31May
2010

Return to South America: Iguazu Falls

When a sprinkler can’t beat the heat, try a waterfall. These 275 falls are concentrated on a little over a mile and half of the Iguazu River, riding the border between Argentina and Brazil. The national park in which it’s located was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with good reason. Besides water, you’ll find hoards of butterflies and even caymans and jaguars in this jungle. I entered from Puerto Iguazú in the Argentine province of Misiones, where the […]

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25Mar
2010

Re: Your Naked Coffee Table

When the trip calls but the bank account prohibits, it’s time to decorate your coffee table. We found four photo-heavy volumes to last through your travel dry spell. If your bank account is really tight, you can always leaf through three (almost) entire books online. Click the link at the bottom of the description. Have a safe flight! Los Angeles, Portrait of a City by David L. Ulin, Kevin Starr and Jim Heimann     Los Angeles is a misunderstood […]

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4Mar
2010

2 Filhos de Francisco

You know how sometimes you learn, hear or see something that makes you realize just how big the world is and perhaps how much you still don’t know or haven’t discovered? I think this happens most often with music. In the States we’re obsessed with our pop, rock and hip-hop. We assume everyone else in the world is just as much enamored of it, yet I venture that only a small percentage of Americans have ever heard of Juanes, who […]

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1Dec
2009

Samba and Bhangra in New York

It’s December 1st, which means the class schedule is adjusting at the prestigious New York City dance school The Ailey School (run by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). But don’t freak out—we’re not professional dancers, either, and that’s why we love (and clearly recommend) the Ailey Extension. The Extension is the part of Alvin Ailey devoted to teaching “real people” how to dance. No experience necessary! But you still get the high ceilings and mirrored studios the spoiled Ailey School students […]

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19Nov
2009

Brazilian Iced Tea

On the beaches of Rio de Janeiro (specifically the infamous Copacabana), a man or woman passes you every minute or so selling something: a hand-dyed wrap to put between your skin and the burning sand, a popsicle, a refreshing beverage. They offer Coca-Colas, coconut juice boxes, whole coconuts with straws, Sprites, water bottles—the list goes on. But the beach bum favorite, hands down, is Matte Leão. Matte Leão (pronounced “mah-cheh lay-ow”—don’t forget to say the “ow” syllable through your nose, […]

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2Oct
2009

Chicago World Music Festival

After the World Music Festival closed last week with a (free!) blowout night at the Chicago Cultural Center, we have some new favorite bands. Check out our reviews below, and hear for yourself with our audio and video. Mikrokolektyw These two Poles played the whole concert with furrowed brows, at least until the killer drum solo near the end. The result of this intense concentration? A simple lineup of instruments (heavy on the trumpet, snare, and cymbals, with an occasional […]

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