New Book Explores Traveling and Owning a Hostel in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A new book, "The Pirates of Ipanema," chronicles former Rio resident and American expatriate, Brian Waksmunski's time in Rio de Janeiro and his creation and operation of the now shuttered hostel, Piratas de Ipanema. More than an average memoir, the book also tells the stories of many of the varied characters who passed through the hostel's doors and explores the difference between vacationing and traveling.

"The idea to tell the story came from the realization, while opening and operating the hostel Piratas de Ipanema on Rua Joaquim Nabuco . . .

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