Salvador, Recife, Rio de Janeiro –Brasil 2012

November 24th, 2012 by admin Categories: Brasil Featured Mobile Random No Responses

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Brasil is Active. These cherished photographs capture only a glimpse of the feelings, memories, and divine moments shared over the course of a 20 days, southern hemisphere, five cities journey, which was enjoyed by many at the end of winter 2012. Fortunately, four weeks later, the dreams, tastes, smells and full body experiences have not abated but instead have slowly simmered, and are still being felt strongly until this day. Thank you Bahia, Give thanks Viver Brasil. ! I love you Brasil! We are family. Progress. Movement. Axe*

 

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GO! From the beginning of the trip, it was a very busy adventure

 

Whether in the dance studio or on the beach, the main focus of this journey was The Dance.

 

 

Whether in the dance studio or on the beach, the main focus of this journey was The Dance.

 

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Lovely Mama Zelita, Praia De Santo Antonio – Diogo – Bahia.

 

Back to the Land, with Diogo Permaculture Farm Guide, Leslie and her healthy smart son.

 

Images above and below are occasionally grouped together by location or event. Yet then again, often times they are not. Many of the pictures were shot via iPhone, or iPad, hence the lack of adequate light. A few were taken with a Canon PowerShot. So some images are better than others. Of course there are more photographs, but really this was a vacation in celebration of my leisure mind. Not too political and more centered on the personal interactions with People, the Voice, The Dance. I like to think that all of my experiences were filtered through my mind’s eye, instead of through the gaze of my photo lens. Nonetheless, all of the images are significant and provide a glimpse into the flavor, grit and texture of the prevailing Spirit of the journey. So here it is, just like it is in my memory, where the images are all mixed together. Enjoy!

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Recife Streetscape Art

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Recife Streetscape Art

 

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Boa Viagem, Recife

 

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A little tired around the edges, nevertheless, we made it.
Rio de Janeiro!

 

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A little tired around the edges, yet made it to the Copacabana.
Rio de Janeiro!

 

 

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A dog’s life on the Copacabana Beach.

 

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Making a statement
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro!

 

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Signs and Symbols of Brasil.

 

Signs and Symbols of Brasil.

 

Signs and Symbols of Brasil.

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Signs and Symbols of Brasil.

 

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Signs and Symbols of Brasil.

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Signs and Symbols of Brasil.

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Signs and Symbols of Brasil.

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Sunday Afternoon Samba in the Countryside.

 

 

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Sunday Afternoon Samba in the Countryside.

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Sunday Afternoon Samba in the Countryside.

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Sunday Afternoon Samba in the Countryside.

 

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Monday morning, back to the dance grind.

 

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

We sang, we danced, we prayed, we studied, we learned, we laughed, we shopped, we shared, we saw, we cried and smiled and ate and drank and swam and photographed the abundance of beauty. Yes we did plenty, Plenty, PLENTY of BRASIL. Cultural immersion par excellence!

 

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

 

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

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The Fellowship of Dance

 

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

 

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

We spent a lot of time in Barra and the Pelourinho, visited Ode Kayode, Itapua and several other neighborhoods in Salvador. In addition we took day trips that included a Permaculture farm in Diogo, Praia De Santo Antonio, a Samba school in Saubara, and the Boa Morte Festival in Cachoeira. All of these places provided us with a very cool, mini mash up view of the coastal region around the Baia De Todos Os Santos, in the state of Bahia.

 

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Fellowship in Dance

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Learning from the Leaders in Culture, Tradition and Style.
Fellowship of The Dance.

The women and the men of the “Viver Brasil, Salvador 2012” planning team did an impeccable job of hosting us. They gave us much to consider, to remember and to cherish. Much love to Linda Yudin, Luiz Badaro, Doña Zelita, Gilmar Sampaio, Rosangela Silvestre, Lino Amilton, Dr. Amelia Conrado, Vania Oliveira, Sivaldo Tavares da Silva, Tatiana Campelo, Ze Ricardo, The Drummers, Our Samba Professor, Dr. Emilia Biancardi, Our Guides Paula Santos, Mel Adun, Guell Adun, Leslie, Joel, My Sister Bezita D’Oxum, Doña Dachina, Doña Cici, and All the High Santeras at Ilé Axé Opo Afonja, e todo Amigos, Muito bom, Obrigado.

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After two weeks of a cultural immersion into Candomblé inspired arts, tradition and practice, we departed from the group and flew on TAM Airlines –new aircraft, very nice, to Recife in Pernambuco. A few days later we flew via GOL Airlines –great service, to Rio de Janeiro. No doubt if you are in the vicinity, you want to see Rio de Janeiro…at least once. As far as the reasoning for Pernambuco, as an avid reader of Jorge Amado, it was only a matter of time and good fortune before I would find myself journeying to experience the Muse and research the next entry in the Cinnamon Traveler “Onward Toward Recife” series. At this time the working title is, “Onward Toward Recife: Cinnamon Traveler On The Road.”

 

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Hundreds of kilometers away from Salvador, first North to Recife and then South to Rio de Janeiro, we wished that we had more time to rest and to thoroughly explore each new city. Yet as we traveled along the coast of Brasil, the impression that was made by our first two weeks of cultural immersion in Bahia, was vivid and ever present on our minds.

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The Orixas on the Lake.

 

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The Orixas on the Lake.

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The Orixas on the Lake.

 

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The unescapable beauty of The Dance.

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The unescapable beauty of The Dance

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The abundance of Art.

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The abundance of Art.

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The abundance of Art.

 

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The unabashed celebration of African Diaspora Culture.

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The unabashed celebration of African Diaspora Culture.

The unabashed celebration of African Diaspora Culture.

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Brilliant Artists, Excellent Teachers, Vibrant History,
We Felt So Proud to be in the One.

Brilliant Artists, Excellent Teachers, Vibrant History,
We Felt So Proud to be in the One.

 

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Brilliant Artists, Excellent Teachers, Vibrant History,
We Felt So Proud to be in the One.

At the end of class with one of our favorite teachers, Dr. Amelia Conrado. We were thoroughly inspired. She was the absolute best! Truly Blessed, striving to do better.

! All Love and Soul Power, Alafia Brasil!

 

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*Originally written September 30, 2012.

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