BRAZIL´S BELOVED CACHACA TURNS 500 WITHOUT CRACKING THE WORLD MARKET (TRANSLATION)

Below is a translation from the Portuguese of an article from Brazilian newspaper Folha de  São Paulo.  The article was written by Tatiana Freitas.  This is actually my first ever translation from Portuguese, a language that I don´t actually know as such but can largely understand - at least in its written form - because... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICA CLASSICS

Amidst thousands and thousands of photos that I have taken between Patagonia in the South and Chihuahua in the north, from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean sea, there are certain shots that stand out to me - my favourites.  There can be no doubting that the region is extremely photogenic.  There... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: L-Z

Here's the second instalment of my brief Latin American food guide - this time L-Z.  It has been a bit more challenging to come up with a food for every letter here and I allowed myself some liberty.  I've enjoyed compiling the guide, I hope you enjoy reading.  Lechón: It's hard to beat roast pork,... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: A-K

Wake up each day and there is that need to put something in your stomach.  In three years travelling/living in the Americas I filled up on all of the below and much, much more.  I probably ate on the streets too much and am sure that I picked up a range of unwanted gut flora.... Continue Reading →

ODE TO THE LATIN AMERICAN STREET DOG

Sans shame, you copulate under shop awnings, in parks, down alleys then trot off for post-coital taco scraps on Mexico City corners Slumbering in sunny plazas you dream while fleas run amok across your fur and screw into your rabid flesh I saw you snarl White of your eyes and unknown intentions in the streets... Continue Reading →

SAO PAULO IS A JUNGLE (TRANSLATION)

I haven't been to Sao Paulo, the other Latin America megalopolis.  It's definitely in my future plans. Wikipedia states that it is the largest city by population in the Americas edging out Mexico City although the order is reversed when the population of the metropolitan areas is counted. The piece I have translated is by... Continue Reading →

THE RIVER LIFE: AMAZON BOAT TRAVEL

Day 1: In the sweaty mid-afternoon tropical heat I board. Hammocks are strung up; side by side, above and below.  This will be home for the next three days and nights as the wooden vessel wends its way upstream on the Amazon River from steamy Belem, just below the equator in the northeast of Brazil,... Continue Reading →

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