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Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/1/2014 7:56:33 PM
User Rank Blogger
Saudades da Bahia
I have to add a shout-out for Salvador, aka Bahia, the colonial capitol of Brazil, where one can really sense the impact of the African slaves brought to Brazil in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Portuguese. The food is quite different than the southern part of the country (more spices, more use of seafood and fish); the region is also home to the dance/self-defense art of capoeira. Bahia is also the cradle of some of the most original musicians in Brazil's rich tapestry of artists (Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Tom Ze, to name just a few).

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/1/2014 7:11:57 AM
User Rank Blogger
Investment and Sport
Yes Peter, I do tire soemtimes of claims that football will change everything. Solid investment and initiatives are needed. Football is here gone tomorrow. Whatever good it does, we know it wont last. Only solid investment and sustainable labour laws will prevent corruption and exploitation. Theses cities are beautiful, they deserve better investment.

NewDream
NewDream  
6/30/2014 11:33:12 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 4 out of 10
You are so right Peter J! There's nothing like the 'trying to place a memory' process to set a new one in stone...

PeterJ
PeterJ  
6/30/2014 10:37:34 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 4 out of 10
That's interesting, NewDream. It's probably a combination of things that made it memorable - and now we'll certainly remember it!

NewDream
NewDream  
6/29/2014 11:43:08 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 4 out of 10
PeterJ, no, I did not realize that about Anaconda.

I see that part of Fitzcarraldo was shot there, as well as some of the biographical films about Werner Herzog that were made at about the same time. That might be the connection. It seems that the Opera House there was a significant part of the story.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
6/29/2014 9:53:54 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 4 out of 10
NewDream, did you know that "Anaconda" was filmed there? - although probably not the source of your recollection.

NewDream
NewDream  
6/29/2014 2:21:18 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 4 out of 10
Brasilia was quite the hot topic during my high school years as I recall. I think I did a paper on it, or else someone in my class did and it was presented to us all.

Rio and Sao Paulo have been in the news enough over the years that they are impreinted in my mind.

But why had I heard of Manaus? I haven't been able to figure it out. There was name recognition and I remembered that it was in rainforest or Amazon basin or something...but I still can't think why I know that. Maybe it was mentioned in something I read about the rainforests... Or perhaps it was the location for a novel or film or tv show. It's driving me a little nuts trying to figure that out.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
6/29/2014 2:18:13 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: South American Walk
Yes - I guess this is the other side of the econmic benefit of these investments. It has certainly stirred a desire in me to visit, and I'm sure many others. The question remains whether or not the general popuation is better off as a result. It's that old economic concept of opprtunity cost.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
6/29/2014 2:05:18 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Manaus controversy
Yes - there's continued controversy around that. I have been looking around as to the plans for continued use of these facilities. There was a recent editorial in that akin to the olumpic games it is becoming more and more cost prohibitive to host these events - especially at the level to which they've been taken.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
6/29/2014 2:02:21 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 4 out of 10
The series is available online, so that's my next step in learning more. They should make f some good Sunday watching.

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