Ouro Preto, Brazil’s city named for black gold , could hold its own with Italian hill towns that ripened over centuries. Steep cobblestone streets lead from one church to the next. Paintings of saints look down from the ceilings, giving the impression of watching the congregation. Yet, Ouro Preto sprang up over some heady decades… Read More Man or Myth? : Ouro Preto, Brazil, January, 2007.
Brazil’s first and last homegrown emperor reigned for about 50 years, more than a quarter of all of its time as an independent nation. Dom Pedro II began in 1831, less than 10 years after Brazil broke from Portugal. He went into exile in 1891 as Brazil decided a monarchy was no longer in fashion.Pedro’s… Read More Did It Rain on the Emperor’s Food?: Petropolis, Brazil, Jan. 3
When it comes to the theater of daily life, Brazilians may be to other Americans as James Brown was to other singers. They put on a show that would be damned hard to beat. I’d seen James Brown play for the first time about four years ago at a Washington rock station’s Christmas concert, which… Read More Harlem to Copacabana: Living in the Americas, Dec.30 to Jan. 2
My husband points to a blue symbol, a circle with a line through it, on a sturdy white plastic bag. He’s decided to use the shopping bag, a souvenir saved from his 2002 Central Asia visit, to help me learn the Cyrillic alphabet. “You’ve seen that symbol on fraternity sweatshirts, ” he asks me, making… Read More My first ”Russian” word– fax