Two Sides of Brazil

After an exciting stint in Lisbon, the second part of my year abroad took me from one side of the Lusophone world to the other. With the idea of doing a linguistics research project in Brazil, I asked for advice from a tutor, and set about planning a trip to Salvador, which I knew very little about.As I learnt before going, Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, in Brazil’s Northeast. It is known for being one of the most dangerous cities in the world, for having the best Carnaval in Bra

“Free and Sovereign”

by William Webb, Spanish and French– Bill witnessed the recent re-establishing of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the USA from the Cuban side. This article, originally written at the time in July gives his account of this and more broadly some of his other experiences living in its capital: From outside the Chancery building, which…

O Canada, au Québec

by Nathaniel Hunt, French and Russian:-   If you reduce all that Canada is into two adjectives, it is unfathomably big and unquestionably beautiful. Flying into Montreal from the UK in late June, both of these truths became evidently clear from my viewpoint thirty thousand feet up. While the entirety of the British Isles had…