By Alexandra Alden, Contributing Reporter

SALVADOR - Salvador, otherwise known as the 'Capital de Alegria' (Happiness Capital) for its rocking street parties and infamous carnival, was the first capital of Brazil and now presides over the state of Bahia. It is most famous as the home of graceful martial arts dance capoeira, its distinctive colonial architecture, tantalizing African-influenced dishes and fifty kilometers of beaches, and with so much to offer it is little wonder that many are interested in taking up a more permanent residence there.

The Salvadorian resident will never be bored. There are percussion, capoeira and dance studios . . .

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