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By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

BAHIA - The streets of Ilhéus were quiet as our bus coasted in from the terminal. The side streets appeared run down and at night the numerous house-covered hills loomed ominously around us. "What have we gotten ourselves into?", I wondered out loud to my friend Adrian just before the bus driver indicated our stop had arrived. She pointed down a dark street with a smile.

We stepped off the bus apprehensively and made our way towards the center of town at a brisk pace. It only took two blocks before the dimly . . .

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