Indians with drones: what we could learn from the Xukuru

Too often, when we visit developing countries, we think more about what we could do to help rather than what we could learn from them. The Western world could learn a great deal from the efficiency of countries with limited resources and this is something I've been trying to think about a lot during my time here in Brazil.

An introduction to Pernambuco: the part of Brazil that I’m visiting

I've written about how Brazil is a huge country with enormous variety when it comes to culture - each state has a really different feel from the next. With that in mind, I thought I'd better tell you a little about the state that I'm traveling to: Pernambuco. Pernambuco is particularly rich in history, being … Continue reading An introduction to Pernambuco: the part of Brazil that I’m visiting

Europeans, monkeys and beer-induced poetry

Last night, my Dutch research colleague and I stumbled across a tiny bar in a residential part of town. The sort of place that only locals would ever know about and that probably rarely had clientele from outside this particular 'bairro' of Recife, let alone abroad. Informal but full of character, a perfect street-corner ‘boteco’ … Continue reading Europeans, monkeys and beer-induced poetry