Liberdade: A Taste of Tokyo in São Paulo

Liberdade is a traditionally Japanese neighborhood located near the center of São Paulo. It makes for an interesting exploration of Brazil’s diverse population and history of immigration. History Brazil and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1895. A little over a decade later, the first boat of Japanese immigrants, the Kasato Maru, arrived in Brazil with 790 people, many of them farmers escaping hardships in the … Continue reading Liberdade: A Taste of Tokyo in São Paulo

Vila Madalena: A Wander Through One of São Paulo’s Most Creative and Colorful Neighborhoods

Vila Madalena is a popular neighborhood in São Paulo, full of restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and colorful street art. In the 1970s, São Paulo students flocked to the area in search of cheap accommodation, giving it a bohemian character.  While Vila Madalena is now considered a bairro nobre (upper middle class neighborhood), it still retains a lot of its creative charm and is a wonderful … Continue reading Vila Madalena: A Wander Through One of São Paulo’s Most Creative and Colorful Neighborhoods

A Gringo’s Guide to São Paulo’s Vila Mariana

Vila Mariana is the neighborhood of São Paulo where I have lived in over the past few months.  After staying with a friend in Praça Roosevelt, near Praça da República, I decided that I wanted to explore a different neighborhood of São Paulo and ended up staying with Airbnb hosts in Vila Mariana.  Through Facebook friends, I eventually found a room to rent in an … Continue reading A Gringo’s Guide to São Paulo’s Vila Mariana

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Brazil

Traveling overseas for the last nine months, I have been able to experience what it’s like to experience holidays that I typically observe in the United States while in a foreign country.  I was in Rotorua, New Zealand for Thanksgiving, but I was able to eat lots of similar food at a Maori hangi feast.  I was in Bangkok, Thailand on Christmas Day, a Christmas quite different … Continue reading Celebrating the Fourth of July in Brazil

Ten Memorable Experiences in Stunning Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia, enchanted me with its history, colorful colonial buildings, stunning seaside setting and delicious food.  I visited Bahia after spending a few months in the south of Brazil and found this part of the country quite different from that region, which is more European in character.  The Northeast of Brazil is much more African in ethnicity, character … Continue reading Ten Memorable Experiences in Stunning Salvador, Brazil

Visiting the Fascinating Yayoi Kusama Exhibition in São Paulo

If you happen to be visiting São Paulo for the World Cup and are looking for something interesting to do when you’re not cheering on your favorite team, pay a visit to the Instituto Tomie Ohtake to see the dazzling exhibit assembling works from the career of provocative Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama.  The exhibit is currently traveling around Latin America and will be in São Paulo … Continue reading Visiting the Fascinating Yayoi Kusama Exhibition in São Paulo