Trip Start Feb 13, 2006
Trip End Jun 07, 2006

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Heya everyone,

been more than a week after my last entry.
it has been a hectic time in Salvador where i spent the carnival.
We arrive on friday, when the official carnival starts ( the people have been enjoying themselves for a month). After dropping off our luggage to a a friends family house where we are staying, we went to Barra, the Shopping Barra mall where we met Max, a US guy staying for the carnival. He showed us around, where the action will take place. We went to the t-shirt black market. Why is it an important market? This is all why people come to Salvador to have a good time. The carnival consists of trucks of different musicians, which is each surrounded by a group of people, all wearing the tshirt of the truck they follow. the truck + the people is called a Bloco. you need to buy the tshirt to be part of the bloco, otherwise you are in the pop corn section. The difference between being in the bloco and being pop corn is that, in the bloco you are not push against dirty, sweaty, smelly, touchy people, paddling in beer and piss and being afraid of getting hit by the police patrolling. The ambiance is much more agreable. But of course you have to pay the price. Each tshirt cost in average, 100 pounds!!!! so for 4 days, we have been enjoying being pop corn, but we still had a very good time! The music was awesome, brazilians so friendly and the booze is CHEAP!!!! so everything is set to party all day and night for a whole week! :p That is without saying, sleeping wasnt an option! ;) The last day, tuesday was striking! We had the chance to meet a brazilian guy, which could buy cheap tshirt for bloco. so all night we could dance, sing ( even though we dont know the songs!), flirting with guys! ;P at the end of our parade (3h for us), we wait for other blocos to arrive to dance and enjoy the carnival some more...the ultimum was when the FAT BOY SLIM bloco came, AWESOME!!! Listening to this, on the road of Salvador, at night, with hundreds of people...i let you imagine! so that has been how we spent the carnival all night....until mid-day...i was bloody tired -_- but worth to be knuckered.

After the carnival, we changed accommodation and stay in a hostel in the centre of Pelourinho, very pretty place. i loved the small string of roads up and down hill. it gives a very warm feeling. Met so many people for all over the world. Met french-brazilian musicians that played during the carnaval, when to the beach, walk around the city. I LOVE SALVADOR!

but we cannot stay there forever and have to continue our journey around the country. So we had to say goodbye and leave to Porto Seguro, on our way to the Pantanal.

This will be told in the next message...until then, take care!
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