Island Paradise

Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
Trip End May 19, 2010

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Hostel America

Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Saturday, January 9, 2010

The ferry to Morro gave us some lovely views on leaving Salvador, but then became a rather tiresome 3 hours watching the family next to us take turns in being sick, nice!

On arrival we noticed that we were not the only tourists here by any means. The place was packed with both gringos and crazy locals, who were accosting us with their wheelbarrows and yelling, "taxi, taxi!". Determined not to pay a dime more than 70 reals for a room we headed off on a search for a cheap pousada, and boy were there a lot of pousadas to choose from - unfortunately none that cheap! After a few enquiries in our pigeon Portuguese, we were eventually directed to the cheapest place in town and, although basic, it was perfect for us.

A little later, on a wander to find lunch, we stopped off in a café (mainly because I saw a milkshake sign!) where we were treated to lovely sandwiches. The café also had a book exchange with a great selection (a rarity it seems in Brazil). We were very excited by this, and the kind owner put aside our choice of books for us to exchange later on – very much the highlight of our day!!! This highlight was soon to be beaten though… Upon heading down to the beach, we were initially a little disappointed – it was crowded and full of restaurants, certainly not the tranquil haven we had imagined… A little disappointed we walked a little further on to find another beach, but much more peaceful and absolutely beautiful with calm, turquoise waters & beautiful, soft sand. We spent the next 2 hours lying in the sea, completely relaxed, well until Ben got bitten by a crab on his hand - so time to head back!!

After a divine milkshake at our café, we got ourselves suited & booted, and headed back to the beach for dinner. Having let Ben indulge in his habit of studying restaurant menu's all around the beach, we had settled for a Crab Moqueca down by the sea. Sadly, the food didn’t live up to the high standards set in Salvador, although the Farofa (Bahian fried manioc flour) was incredible here. The restaurant setting was also beautiful; down on the white sands of the beach, with a guy singing and playing guitar & all the tables only lit by a candle in a paper bag (pretty if not a little dangerous?). The atmosphere on the beach and around the streets was great, very chilled & happy, with little stalls of spirits and fruits around to have your cocktails wherever you want them, and music playing from restaurants - nothing like the party atmosphere we were expecting!

The next day, we were off again, catching a much cheaper (8 times cheaper) boat to the nearby port of Valenca. This cut out many kilometres of bus journey from Salvador so was all in all a winner :-) However, it did mean we had 8 hours to kill in Valenca, before our night bus to Porto Seguro. Being a Sunday, pretty much everything was shut, and although the view from the river was nice there didn’t seem much to see or do! We filled our day by eating a nice pay by weight lunch in town, catching up on internet chores, and walking up to see the local church, before retreating back to the bus station just before dark to wait for our bus.
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