Michael Sommers is an expert on Brazilian life—he’s lived there for 13 years. In Living Abroad in Brazil, he provides firsthand tips on everything from climate to culture, all in an easy-to-understand manner.
Living Abroad in Brazil is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care—plus practical suggestions for how to rent or buy a home for a variety of needs and budgets, whether you’re moving to a metropolis or a more rural location. With color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps to help you find your way, Living Abroad in Brazil will help you tackle the big move with confidence.
Michael Sommers first traveled to Brazil at the age of four. His only memory of Rio de Janeiro is that of being served a glistening orange wedge of papaya in the grand dining room at the Hotel Gloria. Twenty years later, he returned to Brazil, where he was seduced by the intense, colorful landscapes, rich cultures, and warm people. Michael eventually settled down in Salvador, the baroque capital of Bahia, where he has worked as a writer and journalist for over a decade.
Born in Texas and raised in Toronto, Michael grew up with travel on the brain—the result of time spent in the backseat of Oldsmobiles, Mini Mokes, and Pan Am jets under the influence of his Gourmet-addicted mother and his father’s roving zoom lens.
When Michael turned 18 he took flight, setting down temporary roots in cities such as Bordeaux, Paris, Montreal, New York, and Lisbon. During this time, he earned a BA in Literature from McGill University and an MA in History and Civilizations from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where his thesis was “The Image of Brazil and Brazilians in Hollywood Cinema.” He also worked as a writer and editor at magazines and newspapers and freelanced for publications such as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Globe and Mail.
In addition to authoring Moon Brazil and Moon Rio de Janeiro, he blogs about Brazilian travel and culture on Moon.com (Moon.com/blogs/brazil). While he has yet to master the art of preparing feijoada (Brazil’s national stew of beans, salted beef, and pork), he does make a mean caipirinha.