Itaipava beer cans

How to Drink Beer like a Local

Beer is a big part of the culture in Salvador. A running joke for the past few years, during the economic and political crisis, has been, “as long as we have beer, there is...

Beach in Itapuã

Surviving the heat in Salvador

Located at just 12 degrees south of the equator, we don’t really have seasons in Salvador. Being a tropical climate, the average daily temperature year-round is between 75 and 80˚ F year-round (24 –...

Itacaré, Bahia, Brazil

Weather in Salvador

Salvador has just two seasons — shorts and a tank top vs. shorts and a t-shirt. No, I’m kidding. It’s just shorts and a tank top. Year round. In all seriousness, being just 12...

People on the beach at Porto da Barra beach in Salvador.

Neighborhood Review: Barra, Salvador

My husband and I have a saying, “Barra tem tudo” (“Barra has everything”).  We live in Barra, and before buying our apartment looked at a bunch of other neighborhoods, but kept coming back to...

Miniature replica of the first trio elétrico

Review: Casa do Carnaval

Opening in February, 2018, the Casa do Carnaval (House of Carnival) was long overdue in the city that has the largest carnival in the world. Fittingly, it sits in the historic center of Salvador,...

Street scene from Salvador carnival, 2018

Beginner’s Guide to Carnival in Salvador

To say my first carnival experience in Salvador was overwhelming and bewildering would be an understatement. First, there were new and unfamiliar terms — bloco, camarote, pipoca, circuit, fantasia, adabá — that I had...

Fantasia of Cortejo Afro, Carnival 2018

Carnival Fantasia and Abadás

When I heard I needed a costume for carnival, I instantly thought of the glittered masks of New Orleans Mardi Gras. My friend and I went on a shopping adventure, walked out with masks...

Trio Elétrico Olodum, Carnaval 2018

The Afro Blocos of Salvador’s Carnival

Are you as addicted as I am to those strong, rhythmic percussive beats of afro-brazilian music? The ones that make your hips and shoulders start swaying back and forth before you even realize it’s...

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