I am constantly impressed by Spain–its architecture, history, food, and the mix of influences from Roman, Christian, and Moorish. I have been there, but it was many years ago and I visited just two cities, Barcelona and Granada. I hope to make it there soon, possibly next summer, so while I am soaking up the [...]
When choosing where to go in a new destination, I always look first for something that speaks of the place, either of its history or the life of the people who live there now. On a recent stop in the coastal city of Santos, Brazil, I found a place that does both: it strongly reflects [...]
On the coast of southeastern Brazil sits the old city of Santos. It was founded in 1546 and was one of the earliest cities in Brazil. In its historic center is the grand Museu do Café, or Coffee Museum, in the old coffee exchange building. In the central hall, coffee barons sat in a large [...]
I love to go to museums, and I have often been surprised at the variety of museums in unexpected places, like the unforgettable Asian art exhibit I saw in Munich, Germany. One of the highlights is the excellent selection of museums in São Paulo, Brazil, so whenever I go there, which is pretty often, I make [...]
São Paulo, Brazil is a huge, sprawling city, both rich and poor, both wonderful and dirty. The first time I went there, I was very unimpressed, but the more I go, the more I like it. Because it’s such a large and important city in Brazil, it is cosmopolitan and has a lot to offer, [...]
Welcome! I'm Jenna. This Is My Happiness reflects my passion for culture, art, and travel. I write about these topics with the aim of providing a deeper look at destinations. I also write for Travel Mindset and am an AFAR ambassador.