Tag Archives: bahia

The Land of Happiness

The priestess has prayed into a handful of cowrie shells and tossed them on a circular woven mat outlined in sacred beads and objects.  A white candle burns on the outer rim.  She stares at me. ´Do you have any … Continue reading

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The Rainbow Serpent, Samba Party, and Getting Beat in Brazilian Checkers by a 10 Year Old

These days in Brazil are like movies.  The mornings start with breakfast at the hotel, where I usually eat tapioca cake, sticky buns, granola, mango, watermelon, eggs, and confections that I can not pronounce.  We load onto the bus to … Continue reading

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The Candomble Ceremony

“This is life in Bahia, baby.  You are able to find the strength that you didn’t know you had deep down inside you.” We are on the bus bouncing through the too small streets of Salvador  that are now congested … Continue reading

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First Post from Brazil

I can barely think.  What´t is like here? That´s usually the first question I ask, so I will try to answer. It is lush and full of rolling, steep green hills.  The city of Salvador, where I am, was established … Continue reading

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The Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death

I’ve never been a big fan of Catholicism for the same reasons I’m not a big fan of party politics and potted meat, and most of the Catholics I know are emotional wrecks and/or highly conflicted people.  I happen to … Continue reading

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Riding Back Through Alligator Alley and Thinking About Slavery

Michael drove me to Miami today to drop off my visa application documents to the Brazilian Consulate.  If any of you know me in the slightest, you’ll know that I had no idea the NBA Championship just happened and was … Continue reading

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