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Long ago, the Amazon Rainforest has put me under a spell from far away; the endless luscious green fields of canopy, the impenetrable brush of the jungle, colorful orchids and tropical birds, the howls of a monkey flock in the distance. In admiration I watched the nature documentaries on TV with my dad. The wild animals of Jumanji made me cringe and dream at the same time. At nights I …

[ Written by Kathi | 20 Jan 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Once upon a time, there was the pregnant wife of a farmer. She felt like eating the tongue of an ox and made her poor husband kill the most prestigious and beloved bull of the farm. Facing the punishment of the landlord, the farmer sought help from the village’s priest. His advice was that the entire village had to organise festivities so grand that it would bring the animal back …

[ Written by Kathi | 5 Aug 2013 | One Comment | ]

A couple years ago, I was walking along the Seine in Paris, and noticed that a bridge and the stonewalls by the riverbank were covered by huge eyes in black and white. I found it fascinating, but I unfortunately forgot about it. Big mistake, since the artist behind it is one of the most inspiring street artists of our time. Yes, I’ve heard about Banksy, but believe me when I …

[ Written by guest | 14 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Did you know that Rio de Janeiro isn’t the capital of Brazil? Mistaking the capital of Samba for still being the capital of Brazil is a common mistake.  Ever since I read Jaclyn’s post on abandoned futuristic monuments from former Yugoslavia, I’ve been thinking about Brasilia, Brazil’s capital since the 1960, which in itself is one of the most monumental and futuristic places on earth. Brasilia, the wet dream of city …

[ Written by guest | 24 Aug 2011 | 5 Comments | ]

Dear Travelettes,
Ever so often I come across something on the internet that immediately sparks my desire to escape everyday life and travel far, far away. This morning, while I was having coffee and reading the online papers, the headline “Top 10 neighbourhood bars in Rio” caught my eye. I’ve never been to Brazil, and I was sure that the next time my travels lead me to Latin America, I’d be …

[ Written by guest | 11 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

I used to dream about Brazil long before I went there, I thought about samba, carnival, the huge Jesus statue, but most of all about snakes, scary dogs and pirates. My grandfather, who was a captain, moved to Brazil long before I was born, and the few times I met him he told stories about his huge killer dogs and the snakes on his farm.
After visiting the country myself I …

[ Written by guest | 10 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]

I was extremely surprised when I came across this article the other day, talking about tourists paying to go on a simulation of a Mexico-USA border crossing. The participants pay a relatively small fee (one is cited as 15 USD) to race after mock human traffickers without food or water. The slow ones are captured by “border patrol vans” and “deported”. For me this rang a similar note to Favela …

[ Written by guest | 31 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

This is me in april 2006 on a 5 day boat trip on a river in Brazil. Not just any river – the Amazon. It is also the only photo left to remind me of what was probably the best week of my life.
In september 2005 I took off for a one year trip around the world and when people ask me about my favorite part of the trip I …

[ Written by Katja | 21 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
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