Salvador rocks!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Nega Maluca Guesthouse

Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Salvador is just great, so I decided to stay here for some days. The whole vibrant colorful city seems to be dancing as carnival is getting closer. The hostel is a great place to stay, the warmth makes a smile pop up on your face and we are a great group of three German travellers, one Israeli and two great Brasilian guys who adopted us and show us around. The two brasilian guys have spent a couple of years in Germany and enjoy talking German. Well, that doesn`t help to practice my portugese, but as I am travelling on to Chile anyway it might be better to stick to german, english and spanisch. It`s so easy to get confused in this babylonian mixture of languages. I seem to have forgotten my french totally...

Actually I thought the spanish language should be so similar to the brazilian portuguese that I should get along with my basic spanish. Well, it is more a matter of charade - here in Salvador almost nobody understands spanish (neither english). So this would be a good place for learning portuguese!

What I love about Salvador - except from the vibrant colors and the people dancing in the streets - are the things you can buy on the streets: Fresh sugarcane juice with a bit of lime is sooo yummy... Or the clear juice of a fresh green coconut... or fresh peanuts cooked in saltwater... :)

German version:
Salvador hat mich verfuehrt, doch noch laenger hier zu bleiben. Hier ein paar Stichworte fuer die Eiligen:

Ein Farbenmeer ueberall - Deutschland ist grausam grau dagegen.
Die ganze Stadt tanzt - alt und jung, waehrend die Proben fuer Karneval laufen.
Die Brasilianer sind unglaublich herzlich - wie halten es einige von ihnen aus, in Deutschland zu leben?
Das Wetter macht einfach gute Laune - Sonne und Waerme pur!
Dazu kommt, dass das Hostel supergemuetlich ist - kaum zu toppen!

Ausserdem hat sich aus Flugzeugbekanntschaften eine kleine Clique gebildet, so dass zwei Jungs aus Schwaben und ich quasi von zwei Brasilianern adoptiert wurden, die fuer uns kochen, uns die Stadt und Umgegend zeigen und uns zur Familie des einen auf eine kleine Insel mitgenommen haben. Da faellt es schwer, sich wieder loszureissen...

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