August 26, 2013 |
Tour Brazil's coastal rain forest and fishing villages about 150 miles west of Rio de Janeiro on a 10-day sea kayaking trip in October. Paddlers of all abilities have a chance to explore the Costa Verde, an area with warm southern Atlantic waters inland from the Ilha Grande, or Big Island. The tour from Oregon-based Tofino Expeditions , which specializes in trips for "water people," includes visits to the colonial town of Paraty, and Saco de Mamangua, what's described as a tropical fjord lined with villages and beaches.
August 23, 2013 |
Paul Yoon's "Snow Hunters" is a novel in which little happens - not, in many ways, unlike life. This is not meant as criticism: Some of the fiction that moves me most is that with the least overt action, in which the interior rather than the exterior is at stake. That's the case here too, as Yoon explores the experiences of a man named Yohan, a North Korean who defects in the 1950s, after the Korean War. Moving back and forth between Yohan's adjustment to living in a Brazilian coastal town and his memories of childhood as well as of a period spent as a prisoner in an American hospital camp, it is a lovely novel, subtly rendered, operating "as though someone, somewhere, were dreaming this and he had crossed into it without permission.
August 11, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO BRAZIL RESORTS From LAX, Copa, US Airways, United, American, LATAM and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes) to Rio de Janeiro. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $991, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Skip the countless visa brokers you'll find online and go directly to the Brazilian Consulate website (losangeles.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/) - an excellent place to test your ability to follow directions and where you can make a visa appointment as well as free yourself of that extra $160 (no cash; U.S. Postal Service money orders only)
August 10, 2013 |
SÃO MIGUEL DOS MILAGRES, Brazil - Anyone who says it's the journey that matters most wasn't trying to navigate through the favelas of Maceió, my launch point for Brazil's Costa dos Corais, or Coral Coast, 50 miles north. Although Maceió has a reputation for crime, the real threat occurred when my GPS had me turn onto Avenida Presidente Roosevelt. Suddenly, I was facing three lanes of traffic heading directly toward me. "What do I do now?" I asked my partner, Chris, who calmly replied, "Just keep going.
August 9, 2013 |
By any standard Pope Francis' Brazil trip was a great success. Enthusiastic crowds clogged the routes of the papal motorcade and reportedly more than a million people were present for the pope's final Mass on Copacabana beach. The media no less than Catholic pilgrims seemed enchanted by the new pontiff and his appeals for dialogue, conciliation and social justice. For this pope, who presents himself above all else as a pastor and teacher, the achievements of this first international foray must be satisfying.
August 3, 2013 |
You might start cheating on your travel agent with this new website. Name: BeckandScore.com What it does: Offers bespoke travel packages to "premier ticketed events," starting with the World Cup next year in Brazil. What's hot: Nine high-end World Cup packages include luxury accommodations, match tickets and more. We're talking private chefs, 24/7 access to private transportation and security in Buzios and Rio, private helicopter tours and concierge services.
August 3, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A Brazilian court on Saturday sentenced 25 police officers to serve 624 years each for their roles in a prison massacre more than two decades ago. The 1992 incident left 111 prisoners dead after police entered Sao Paulo's Carandiru Penitentiary to put down a revolt. It became an iconic example of how Brazil's military police can sometimes kill with impunity, an issue which has recently moved to the center of ongoing street protests. The court on Saturday convicted the officers of murder in the killings of 52 inmates.
August 2, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - There was a last-minute change of venue that cost millions. A security scare that left a prized visitor stranded and exposed. Neighbors paralyzed by intermittent transportation breakdowns. Brazil has less than a year to ensure that the organizational breakdowns that marked the visit of Pope Francis to Rio de Janeiro last week won't be repeated at soccer's 2014 World Cup. Along with the Olympic Summer Games two years later, the sporting events may go a long way to define Brazil's global reputation and political future.
July 29, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - He kissed seemingly countless babies hoisted to his popemobile. He exchanged white beanies with people in the crowds and caught the soccer jerseys, flags and who-knows-what-else hurled his direction. He scolded the Brazilian elite, both ecclesiastic and secular, on the many ways they are failing their people. Pope Francis, first pontiff from the Americas, has been both grandfatherly icon and stern cajoler, combining charm with serious teachings, in a weeklong pilgrimage to the world's largest Roman Catholic country, which wrapped up Sunday.
July 28, 2013
Re "Pope, in visit to slum, scolds Brazil," July 26 Pope Francis is indeed a representative of the Americas: He has the same tendency to profess one thing and do the opposite that bedevils this whole hemisphere. The Roman Catholic Church continues to deny women the right and ability to control their own reproduction, significantly contributing to poverty throughout the Americas. Rather than criticize the Brazilian government for indifference to the poor, the pope should recognize the role of church policy in the plight of the poor and fight to lift all restrictions on birth control.