To Belém & Back: Backroads Brazil with my Black Lab (Paperback)
Have you ever wondered how to travel with your favorite pet in a huge tropical country where footloose foreigners are suspect?Author Ben Batchelder abandoned a cozy corporate career and, instead of returning to the U.S. like a normal re-pat, moved deep into the interior of Brazil.Here, he drives his two-wheel drive station wagon into the Amazon, on the notoriously dangerous Bel m-Bras lia highway, and back along Brazil's endless Atlantic Coast, on roads few if any Brazilians brave. Hence the need for such a ferocious breed as Labrador: for protection.Along the way, humorous encounters with countless locals help him to plumb Brazilian culture and history, in many aspects the flip-side of the American experience, and reveal how he fell in love with Brazil's beguiling warmth in the first place - along with black Labs.
Ben Batchelder has traveled extensively on American and Brazilian backroads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Nevertheless he has published two books on his New World journeys, that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, with plans for more. Having grown up in Cambridge, Mass., he currently leads a bi-hemispheric life, as a mountain man in the hills of Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. For more, visit www.benbatchelder.com.