8 July Porto Saguro

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 27, 2013

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Monday, July 8, 2013

8 July Porto Saguro

Here we are now, Porto Saguro and in a hostel, the campsite was too small to accommodate all our tents, so Danny booked us in here

As I mentioned in the last posting, it was Naomi's birthday, and she actually had 3 cakes, with far more candles than were required, but it was all good fun, after the cake and wishes for her they decided it was time to hit the bar (I didn’t really fancy that, so I left the youngsters to get on with it) by all accounts, a good night was had by all and a few did personal performances, which may well appear on FB after they all wake up

This morning I woke up and it was still raining, my clothes were still wet, still the hope is for sun today

I took a walk towards the beach, there are lots heading that way, but none seem to be dressed for the beach or carrying bags, walking towards the beach, there are all these small houses, larger than beach huts, I think they rent them out, some have been converted to restaurants, but they all seem closed

There are lots of sellers on the way, there are bracelets, necklaces, carvings, hats, whistles, dangly things, wind catchers, dream catchers, everything looks like local handicrafts, I tried to chat to a local, he was dressed as a Indian (do they have them  in Brazil ?) he had some great whistles, you could either use them with your nose or lips, it imitates the local birds, he made it look so easy, I tried, it sounded nothing like any bird I know, but he had some carved shallow bowls, they were all made by him and me being a sucker for any wood bowls I bought one, then asked to take his photo, sure enough, he obliged me, and I liked this bowl/dish, be handy for keeping loose change and keys in, it’s the first thing I have bought to take home with me

There is a church near the beach, I guess it’s for the fishermen before they set out, I don’t know that they use it any more though, but it’s attracting lots of visitors

I went along to what I thought was the beach (just to check it out) even from where I was there was a lot of green stuff between me and the beach, so I decided, as I have seen lots of beaches and seen the sea before, I would forgo a trip to it, but it looked nice enough, but I didn’t see many on it, but maybe I was in the wrong place

I do know the sea has been quite warm in places we have visited and even quite inviting

On my way back, I was asked if people could take my photo, I didn’t really mind, but it still makes me wonder WHY they want a photo of a total stranger?

Porto Saguro seems a sleepy sort of place, there isn’t much traffic, but still has the usual cars, buses and motorbikes, but none seem in a great rush, I haven’t heard any honking or tooting of horns

Today everywhere is open, yesterday, the place was like a ghost town, no one walking, a few shops open and that was it, I guess they were all at church or watching the Sunday film on TV

Still we have another night in this hostel, so I might have a chance of drying my kit and the showers aren’t great, they do give out hot water (the cubicle is nice, a walk in shower, lots of hooks and shelf’s to hang stuff, it’s just let down by a rubbish electric shower) there are signs everywhere about saving water, but I have yet to see a plug in a hand basin anywhere

I have to tell you about these passion fruit we have found, they are fantastic, big large yellow things (I’ll take a photo of one) they are full of fruit, juice and are really delicious and just so cheap, Mario and I have bought a big bag of them to eat along the way, they are a lot better than the small black wrinkled things we have in England and have seen in other places, there are big mango’s and papaya and they are all very cheap, the oranges and tangerines are also very good and we buy them at every chance (great for just eating where ever you are)

I am on cook group again tonight, we have quite a challenge on our hands to beat Mario’s pumpkin soup, but we are using our smoked sausage recipe again, it was a great hit last time we used it, I think we shall just spice it up a little (what doesn’t get eaten is served as a breakfast, I think that is a great idea, it beats corn flakes and porridge)

I thought I would write this out and get it posted while I have the time and the internet, no idea where we will be off to next or what we will do or see (I don't listen I like it to all come as a surprise, I haven't even looked at a map to find out our general direction, I like it tat way, every day is a new experience then, even if it is raining )

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daryl on

If those passionfruit are yellow and long rather than round we call them banana passionfruit over here in Oz and they virtually grow wild where I live very sweet juicy flesh yummo. Cannot beat fresh fruit, mangoes, paw paw.
The weather might pick up shortly for you at least your crew dont hesitate to find a hostel if the camp is not suitable or too wet..
Think they do have tribal indians in parts of south america.

greekcypriot on

I expected to see a photo of these big passion fruit Daryl calls banana passionfruit. Do take a photo of one please Derrick. With all these fruit around and being so cheap, I could do with just fruit and nothing else for at least a month. It is nice that everything comes as a surprise for you, not looking at maps or want to where you are heading next. I would have done the same probably.

daryl on

Hi Greekcypriot. I think the banana passionfruit is the stronger vine and the purple ones were grafted onto them because they dont seem to grow from cuttings or seed. Sometimes the bananavine shoots out near the bud graft and because it is stronger it will takeover and you lose the purple ones. They have developed a red flesh banana passionfruit just recently and it tastes like a fruit salad.

Anand-Prayaan India Overland on

Hi derrick,
Today I read all the posts and entries in a day. Finally i am updated with all that happened and is happening on this trip :) .... Seems really exciting... How has the food been ?? The monsoon here is keeping us inside... though good times for finding a lot of snakes...

greekcypriot on

Thanks for the tip Daryl.

Jim on

Good update again, Del- must be nice to see a clear sky.

travelmonster on

Loving the sound of all those delicious fresh fruits.

derrick241 on

I am beginning to wonder if the sun ever comes out for long, it has rained every day since I have arrived in Brazil

greekcypriot on

Yes, but I am sure you had an idea how the weather would be....(?)
I wish I were there on this trip even if the weather was such from the first till the last day....lol

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