Author: AJ Paris

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Fishing in Bahia

Flavio, a fisherman from Praia do Forte, a village north of Salvador da Bahia, discusses how tourism is changing his family’s history. [Photo: Boats in Salvador, by AJ Paris.] Fish is huge in Brazil. In fact, Brazilians consume almost twice as much fish as the Americans. The only country that consumes more fish in the…

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South Beach 

When people talk about “Miami” they are often referring to a small area not even in the city of Miami. [Photo: South Beach, by AJ Paris.] Miami is one of my favorite metropolitan areas in the United States. The culture is as incredibly rich as its colors. “I came here on vacation many years ago,”…

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The Colosseum

It can hold as much as 80,000 people, has seen featured in many Hollywood films, and is a top choice for tourists in Rome. [Photo: The Colosseum, by AJ Paris]. The Colosseum is an iconic feature of Rome. “You have to see it to believe it,” said Rodrigo, who came all the way from Brazil…

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The Bund in Shanghai

This popular area along the western bank of the Huangpu River, in the eastern part of Huangpu District, faces the modern skyscrapers of Pudong District. [Photo: The Bund, by AJ Paris]. In the First Opium War, which took place between 1839 and 1842, the British defeated the Qing army. That event led to the establishment…

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Sierra de Cádiz

I love mountains. Mountains make me feel small and they remind me my place in the world, in the universe. I also love mountains because of the freedom you feel when at nature and the fresh that seem so far away from the pollution of the world at large. Last year I met and traveled…

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Men and Plastic Surgery

Brazil is truly a country in which people are conscious of their beauty. Beauty is a big business for Brazil. With nearly 50 billion in beauty revenues Brazil is the third largest after the United States and Japan. However, according to the global market research company Euromonitor, Brazil will overtake Japan in the coming years…

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Black Forest Cake

Many people assume that the Black Forest cake, known locally as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, gets its name from the Black Forest, the mountainous region in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. In reality, however, the cake gets its name from the Schwarzwälder Kirsch, clear liquor made from tart cherries produced in the region. This is…

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South Mumbai

Mumbai is the most populous city in India. With an estimated population of 20 million, it is a mega city on any scale. With an average temperature of 81 °F, or 27.2 °C, Mumbai is a warm destination any given time of the year. South Mumbai is the area of the city that stretches from…