Brazil and I are in a fight, and it's all my fault, really. My whole extended family lives there, and I haven't visited in years. Like four, long, grueling years where -- instead of living it up at beach parties or eating churrasco -- I've elected to live "responsibly" and focus on things of dubious importance like developing a career and saving money.
I am, obviously, a moron. Not just for failing to visit my family but also reducing the Brazilian experience, as so many do, to its surf and seared meat. No, if there's one aspect to living in Brazilian cities like São Paulo, Rio, Curitiba, or Salvador, it's that sweeping architecture and beautiful design surround Brazilians every day, often serving as a unifying force in a country that might otherwise focus on impeaching its president. If you have the pleasure of pulling the trigger on a trip to Brazil, here are the country's man-made visual showstoppers you won't be able to ignore.