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 →

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MORE THAN HALF OF THE POPULATION OF LATIN AMERICA LIVE IN POVERTY (TRANSLATION)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) warns that due to low world economic growth, the end of the basic commodities super cycle, greater inflationary pressure and a reduction in the capacity to create employment, ¨poverty reduction in the region has stalled since 2012 and destitution shows signs of a... 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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