Outside the Map, Inside the Hearts (Part 2) – A Traveller’s Journal

After exploring Plataforma community, the second part of the Welcome Tour took us to Itapagipe peninsula, a not far area of north-western suburban Salvador, known as Alagados. Uruguai welcomes us with a warm hug in the midst of where there was once a landfill. Smiles surround us as we stepped down from the van in…

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Outside the Map, Inside the Hearts (Part 1) – A Traveller’s Journal

On a tropical day in March 2018, I was invited to a Welcome Tour. It was organised for the attendees of the II Global Sustainable Tourism Forum, the international Community-Based Tourism event we have organised during the World Social Forum in Salvador, that year. That was a treat for us, before the event -and the…

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The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

This is a story of a hidden valley in the invisible universe of the Brazilian traditional communities. But this is also the story of brave women empowered by their own culinary culture. A bit of context In the Ribeira Valley -an area of more than ten million square miles- live 88 Quilombolas communities, direct descendants…

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The letting-go sigh

It doesn’t matter how many are the times that I’ve been in this situation -and there certainly have been a lot of these since I was born. Each time that a train leaves its platform at the station, I can’t help but feel a deep overwhelming sense of lightness that takes all over me, throughout….

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