A thank you to the Horto team

With the conclusion of the on-the-ground research for the Horto d’El Rey project, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the current and former students of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) who helped in the research, organization, and facilitation of the community workshop meetings in...

A Visit to Minas Gerais and Diamantina

Last week, I attended the 6th National Seminar on Geography and Phenomenology in Diamantina, located in the state of Minas Gerais. As part of the seminar, I was able to attend a number of field trips in the surrounding area. Diamantina is in the interior of Brazil, much further...

A Visit to Rio de Janeiro

A few weeks ago, I made a short visit to Rio de Janeiro to talk to heritage conservation planners from IPHAN (the federal heritage conservation organization) and planners in urban development. I wanted to get a better understanding of the overall planning process in Brazil and the nature of...

Food and drink in Brazil

First, I want to make a disclaimer: my food and beverage preferences are decidedly odd in most cultural contexts, including the dominant food culture in the United States. I am most accurately described as a vegetarian, but I do eat seafood – perhaps a “pescetarian” is a more accurate...