Saudade

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Saudade dessa cidade Saudade do meu Salvador Quem canta e chora e grita De tristeza e de amor. O sol queima a pele pelada A luz cega os segredos na sombra Barriga escura, escondida, esquecida Abafada pelo ritmo impulsivo do samba. Seu coração bate no toque do tambor O travão do seu pandeiro me chama … Continue reading Saudade

(Re-)connection in the roda

I crouch at the pé do berimbau (foot of the berimbau) next to my partner, waiting for our game to begin. The Mestra is singing a ladainha (litany) and I hear the plaintive rising and falling of her voice, full of force and emotion, keeping time with the steady rhythm of the three berimbaus. These … Continue reading (Re-)connection in the roda

Lessons in Salvador

I can’t believe that I’m already entering my final week in Salvador. Since arriving on 1st January, I have been struggling to adapt to the heat, noise, pace of life, language, food and – most importantly – the capoeira scene. It has been a sensory and an emotional roller coaster, and I have never been … Continue reading Lessons in Salvador

Camino de Santiago

I’ve just returned to Bristol after walking part of the Camino Português in Portugal and Spain and am having serious withdrawal symptoms from a journey that has taught me a lot about myself. There were several reasons why I wanted to do the Camino this summer: I felt ready to embark on this spiritual journey … Continue reading Camino de Santiago

St. Paul’s Carnival

Brazilians are notorious for their poor timekeeping, but on Saturday 7th July my Capoeira group Nucleo de Capoeiragem arrived 45 minutes early to take part in the procession for St. Paul’s Carnival. There had been a lot of build up to the event; the last Carnival took place 3 years ago due to ongoing difficulties … Continue reading St. Paul’s Carnival