Carnaval with Kids

Carnaval with Kids Our home exchange in Brazil ended right before Carnaval. It seemed silly not to stay an extra week and we had to fly through São Paulo anyway. Rio is the ultimate destination for celebrating Carnaval in Brazil, but we’d already spent the New Year there and were...

10 Tips for Travelers Headed to the Olympics in Brazil

10 Tips for Travelers Headed to the Olympics in Brazil   1. Visa – You’re in luck. The visa process to enter Brazil isn’t easy, fast, or cheap. If you’re traveling with children, it will be even more complicated. Visas must be obtained through the Brazilian consulate designated for the region in which you live....

Every Mother’s Guide to Piranha Fishing in the Amazon

Every Mother’s Guide to Piranha Fishing in the Amazon Step 1: Erase all preconceived notions of piranha. Yes, their teeth are sharp. Yes, they enjoy their meaty snacks. But the species of piranha discussed here are not the type to be obtained by dipping cow entrails into the water and then flinging a dozen fish to shore....

Amazonia

Amazonia Leaving Manaus From bus to ferry to van to boat, we journey from city to where the waters meet, and beyond to village to tributary and jungle. Ants of all sizes claim the earth on which we sweat and stink. The power’s out; the water’s off. We make do with...

Brazilian Romeo & Juliet

Brazilian Romeo & Juliet “We’re going to try a Brazilian dish tonight.” “Does it involve meat?” my husband asked hopefully. “Is it a big, awesome, meaty stew that will leave me in a food coma?” “No, it’s vegetarian. And it’s really...