I wrote my first Travel piece for the Times in 2004 and soon ended up with a column called Weekend in New York; I was the travel writer who didn’t travel. I moved to Brazil in 2008, and it was two years into my stint as a freelance foreign correspondent that Stuart Emmrich, the Travel editor, called me up.
Ronnie Von receives the “gringo friend”: the American journalist Seth Kugel. In Brazil, he became known for his videos of tips on English for Brazilians.
In an interview with the Morning Show on Seth Kugel speaks about the distinctions between Brazil and the United States.
Chaotically refined, verdantly concrete, intimately gargantuan: The most populous metropolis in South America was but a middling coffee city until the mid-20th century, when an influx of northeastern migrants set off a growth spurt that shows no sign of stopping.
I offer some advice from veteran Olympics fans on how best to take advantage of the games, and travel to Rio to see how to put their advice into action.
Why travelers are generally so terrible about assessing risk when they travel. Or, why non-pregnant Olympics fans who fear zika more than dengue have already been infected – by the media.
Boy, it suddenly just got very cheap to go to Rio de Janeiro – formerly one of the most expensive destinations in the Western Hemisphere.
Click CC in the lower right for subtitles (as usual).
In which a Brazilian environmentalist observes our National Parks system. And Montana peaches.
Last Tuesday was the big launch of our Amigo Gringo video series for Brazilian tourists (and, via subtitles, others) visiting New York City. Our first video, on how to be a savvy subway rider, is almost up to 50,000 views. Then came our “Thumbs Up” video, trying to convince Brazilian visitors to act a bit less like the Fonz. Finally, today, how to order a bagel in New York City. (English language subtitles are available by clicking the little CC button in the lower right of the video.)
In the meantime, we’ve also had articles written about us in the three major Brazilian newspapers: Folha de S. Paulo, Estado de São Paulo, and O Globo (in Rio), as well as the country’s biggest news portal, G1.
Yesterday the AP put out a story about us (in English!) that should be appearing in newspapers next Sunday. Finally, I appeared on national television yesterday in Brazil, on the show “Encontro com Fátima Bernardes,” which one of my friends there compared to being on Letterman. (I would have preferred Jimmy Fallon, but OK.)