One of the fastest growing economies in the world, Brazil has undergone dramatic changes since its transition from dictatorship to democracy more than two decades ago. Today, its cities are not only pulsing with traditional samba rhythms, but also with creative energy in contemporary art, high-end design, and green architecture. No other country can rival Brazil’s biodiversity, which stretches across green canyons, waterfalls, and the rivers of the Amazon, to the solitary sand dunes of the Northern Coast. As it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is kicking into high gear in the name of its one true love, fútbol. There couldn’t be a more exciting time to celebrate this vibrant nation!