The photo featured on my website, is one of the many faces of my first love -- Brasil! It's at the world-famous Ipanema Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
When one thinks of Brasil, one thinks of Carnival, little bikinis, and beautiful bodies! Well, yes, you will find those there, but there are other things that Brazil has to offer, such as great culture and music, great weather, a diverse landscape, and most importantly, delicious açaí! (To better understand my adoration for açaí, click the açaí berries image!)
What attracted me to Brazil, was the history, and how that has influenced the culture -- particularly the Afro-Brazilian culture. After I spent some time there, I was fascinated when I learned how some West African practices have endured for centuries, even through the horrible institution of slavery.
Prior to spending time in Brasil, I had no idea that there was (still) a direct connection to West Africa. But lo and behold, there is! Thanks to travel (and things falling into place!), I got to experience this for myself.
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