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ESCAPE THE ORDINARY ADVENTURE: A Big Gay Brazil Experience

Nov 4, 2016 | | Say something

Open gayness is unnoticeable in the majority of South America. I suspect the lingering influence of the Catholic Church, but can’t be sure. Even at the gay pride parade in Medellin, Colombia, I think there were more straight people who had just come out for a party – any excuse. Brazil is different.   I have […more]

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY: You’re in Salvador Baby

Oct 21, 2016 | | Say something

My bed-rest did not go down well with my fellow hostel guests. Most irked was an Argentinian woman in her thirties who could speak decent English and referred to everyone as “baby”. She came into our room on my second day, while I was resting, and said hi to all the other guys in the […more]

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY: Salvador

Oct 15, 2016 | | Say something

Statistically, Salvador was the second most dangerous city on my journey, with a homicide rate only slightly lower than Cali’s, in Colombia.   I arrived late one night and paid the high taxi fee from the airport to get to my hostel in the touristy neighborhood of Barra. You know how people love to go […more]

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY: Carnival Dilemma

Oct 11, 2016 | | Say something

Talk to anyone about Carnival in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the first thing that comes to mind. However, Carnival celebrations take place in a number of cities and towns across Brazil. Ask Brazilians, and the consensus seems to be that Salvador has the best Carnival. Partying in Rio was meant to be the big […more]

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY THOUGHTS: Grammar vs Words

Oct 8, 2016 | | Say something

In the last post I talked about my friend’s “fluency” in Portuguese. While I don’t think it amounted to much more than mine, I’m sure his understanding of grammar was great. Portuguese grammar is pretty similar to English. At least that’s what he told me. In months of speaking foreign tongues, I’d learned to care […more]