Sunday, July 8, 2012

Five Top Experiences in Brasil/Brazil (so far)

With thanks to Kwame Alexander and his Fellowship, I am in Brasil/Brazil working my book and meeting Brazilian writers. We also take time periodically to devour the sights, sounds, and FOOD of Brazil!

Here are some favorite experiences so far:

ONE: Exploring
The Secretary of Culture has been so gracious to us and arranged for us to tour various historical sites.
We were so fortunate to have the lovely Paula (pronounced: pah-ooh-lah) help us navigate the streets and the language.

She spent more hours with us than you can imagine. And her smile never dimmed.

TWO: Exchanging

Words, ideas, and our hopes for the future. Poets came to the villa with dinner and read their work to us. It was an evening filled with heartfelt poems and beautiful songs.

Another evening we went to a gathering of poets at a club, where an open mike beckoned participants to find community through words.

THREE: Eating
The food in Brazil is so delicious. My favorite? The mangoes, dripping with sunshine. No, wait, the Brazilian beef, cooked over a wood fire. No...the beans and rice. Ooh! I also like the fresh seafood. And the coffee.
Did I mention the plantains?

FOUR: Learning
We are so grateful to have people like João De Moraes Filho and others escort us during our visits to various cities. 
We have visited many locations of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and heard about heroes from
 the past, as well as the impact of history on the present.
Our walking tours have taken us six to nine miles some days and have ranged from the streets where a revolution began to museums filled with art and photography.

FIVE: Appreciating 

From bits of sea glass and pastel shells, to thundering surf and distant lighthouses, Brazil has wonders to find in many places.

UP NEXT: People, Architecture,
                                                      and Daily Life of Brazil


  1. What an incredible experience! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. Looks AMAZING - I'm so glad you got to do this!

  3. I'm truly fortunate to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!