Perched atop 750-foot Urca Mountain beside Rio's signature granite monolith, Sugarloaf Mountain, Abencoada stocks 50 different kinds of cachaca. Cachaca was once seen as a poor man's beverage. But, no longer.
I spend the majority of my time on structured, goal-oriented expeditions. So, for my holiday I am avoiding structure at all costs and following my gut and the wind as much as my structure-starved brain can handle.
Let me be clear: though I'm at a climate conference, I am not riding my bike for environmental reasons. I ride because it is fun and because entering a town by bike gives me a much better sense of a city's idiosyncrasies.
Imagine if two months after the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, the NFL announced that several Saints failed drug tests but the league wasn't sure what to do about it.
Recently, I had the pleasure of facilitating an event called "Innovations in Social Justice: New Hope, New Actions" in Berkeley, California. Among the panelists was 21-year-old rapper, artist and community organizer, Babye Champ.