The Physical and Spiritual Art of Capoeira in Bahia

Together with the photographer Rose Marie Cromwell, I attended Permangolinha, a retreat run by capoeira master Cobra Mansa at his fascinating property in rural Bahia state, in northeast Brazil. There he raises cacau, coffee, cupuaçu, and some crops that don’t start with “c” following the guidelines of permaculture. Read more about it and see some incredible photos and videos not by me here.

BOOK EVENTS

I’ll be in all these places talking travel as I launch Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious.

STAMFORD, CT: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Stamford Town Center, with Susan Shapiro and the Connecticut Press Club. More info here.

BOSTON: Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.; Trident Booksellers and Café (338 Newbury Street), in conversation with Boston Globe travel columnist Chris Muther. More info here

NEW YORK CITY: Weds., Jan. 16, The Harvard Club (private event).

NAPLES, FL: Thurs, Jan 17, Barnes & Noble at  Waterside Shops, 7 p.m. More info here.

 CORAL GABLES, FL: Sat., Jan 19, “The Secrets of Getting Published” (with author Susan Shapiro), Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave.), 5 p.m. More info here.

NEW YORK CITY: Sat., Jan. 26 – Sun., Jan. 27, New York Times Travel Show, Jacob Javits Center. More info here.

SAN FRANCISCO: Wed., Jan. 30, Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave., with Matador Network founder and CEO, Ross Borden. Details to come. 

YOU MISSED:

BROOKLYN: Thurs., Nov 15, 7 p.m.; Park Slope Barnes and Noble (267 Seventh Ave.), in conversation with New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Monica Drake. More info here.

WASHINGTON, DC: Sunday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.; Solid State Books (600 H Street NE), in conversation with Jamal Simmons of The Hill. More info here.

 

Don’t Let TripAdvisor Kill Adventure

Right now millions of Americans are traipsing around the world creating the stories they’ll be telling captivated dinner guests and captive grandchildren for decades to come.

But as user reviews are added by the millions, social media becomes a substitute for live interaction and cheap international data tames a once-wild world into digital submission, the good travel yarn is in decline. Greater access to information means fewer impromptu decisions and fewer surprises.