By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

MACEIÓ – Shallow azure waters lap against white sands, the crashing of the waves insulated by a protective reef just off the beach.  Modern high rises cradle the shoreline with wave-like balconies and glass that shines incandescently against the rising sun rays.  Palm leaves rustle in the cool breeze above groups of fishermen, sailors and vendors selling coconuts from massive piles in the sand. 

Maceió is the capital of the state of Alagoas and is a modern city with a population of nearly one million people.  It is one of Brazil’s most up . . .

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