Jorge Amado's Salvador de Bahia
Anyone who has read one of Jorge Amado's classic novels will recognize his enchantment with Salvador de Bahia, Brazil's center of Afro-Brazilian culture. It was during his high school years, which he spent in this former Brazilian capital, that Amado began his writing career, publishing his first novel at the age of 18.
Lee Weingast, our editor in Brazil, recently visited Salvador and wrote about Ribeira, the beachside neighborhood in Salvador's Lower City (Cidade Baixa). Lee's guide walks you through this former upper-class neighborhood, which today is a local weekend hangout. It's a great way to see how Soteropolitanos (natives of Salvador, Bahia) enjoy a day at the beach. Be sure to save up your appetite -- she's got food recommendations too!