If you looked at this Brazil forum, you might be forgiven for thinking that Brazil comprises only Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and some waterfalls. I feel compelled to start a thread about Brazil's third-largest city, the old colonial capital, UNESCO site, the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture, the land of fusion cuisines and religions, the land of happiness and the gateway to the northeast, Salvador da Bahia. More to come later. For now, a friend named Randy, an American who runs a record shop in the Pelourinho, has a website that covers history and off-the-beaten-track sights, sounds, and flavors of Bahia. His website should fill in many of the details you won't find in the normal travel guides. http://www.bahia-online.net/index.htm (now www.salvadorcentral.com) Salvador also features a different - some say better - style of Carnaval from that seen in Rio de Janeiro.