Sunset at the Farol in Barra, Salvador, Brazil

Sunset at the Farol

Sunset is my favorite time of day here in Salvador. And it’s not just because the temperature drops a wee bit. Instead it’s because of the rich sunset tradition here in Salvador. Rich sunset...

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...

Campo Grande Carnival Circuit

Salvador Carnival Circuits

When you think about carnival in Rio de Janeiro, you probably think about the Sambadrome. And when you think about carnival in Salvador, you probably envision a trio elétrico passing along a beach surrounded...

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