Photography and travel blog

Brazil

Biking around the world

One thing I like to do when I travel is bike wherever I can. It’s fun, it’s active and it allows you to cover a lot of terrain but doesn’t go so fast that you miss the core sites. Although all of the biking I […]

Rio de Janeiro in miniature

Rio de Janeiro in miniature

Here is an an amazing tilt-shift time lapse of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. Even though I felt like I spent too much time in Rio, this video is so beautiful it makes me long for the city. I want to be walking along the […]

Bossa Nova: A playlist

Bossa Nova: A playlist

I’ve created a YouTube playlist of some of my favourite Bossa Nova songs on the site. Gal Costa – Wave This is a great rendition of Antonio Carlo Jobim’s Wave. Gal Costa’s voice is both polished and expressive yet sensitive. Ella Fitzgerald – Dindi Ella […]

Brazil’s Exploding Economy

Brazil’s Exploding Economy

Brazil was much more expensive than I ever imagined it’d be. I got a hint of what I was going to encounter by the prices of hotels in Rio, but I didn’t imagine that the prices would be nearly on par with Canadian ones. Brazil’s […]

Paraty: Place to go in 2012

Paraty: Place to go in 2012

The New York Times has named Paraty as one of its places to go in 2012. They have a slideshow here.

G(AP) Adventures

G(AP) Adventures

Despite having a lot of experience travelling independently, I decided to do a group tour for part of my vacation to Argentina and Brazil, for many reasons. First, my travel partner had never been outside of North America (and had never backpacked either) so I […]

Rio de Janeiro…

Rio de Janeiro…

Last stop on our vacation was Rio, a city which sounded both invigorating and frightening at the same time. We had allotted 6 days to Rio, mostly due to the scheduling of our tour, and we worried it was too much. (We were right.) We […]

Paraty & Ihla Grande

Paraty & Ihla Grande

Paraty (pronounced Parachee) is a pleasant, colonial town (and a UNESCO heritage site) situated on the Costa Verde which lies on the coastline of Rio de Janeiro state. Its historic centre, in which no cars are allowed, consists of cobblestoned streets and pretty historic buildings. […]

Iguazu Amazing

Iguazu Amazing

Iguazu Falls puts Niagara Falls to shame. As a Canadian who has visited the latter numerous times, I feel qualified to say this. While Niagara Falls is surrounded by casinos and fast-food restaurants, Iguazu is surrounded by lush rainforest. We started on the Brazilian side, […]

Touring Rochinha, the largest favela in Rio

Touring Rochinha, the largest favela in Rio

Earlier this week, Brazilian troops and police raided Rochinha, the largest shantytown in Rio de Janeiro. When I visited Rio earlier this year, I did a tour of this shantytown (with a company) and it was the highlight of my time in Rio. We learned […]