Land Ho in Recife

Trip Start Nov 11, 2007
Trip End Dec 23, 2007

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

We knew yesterday that we were relatively close to land by the new company of gulls along side the ship - if we hadn't seen the gulls - we would not have been able to miss the beautiful artwork that they left all over the windows of the Windjammer restaurant - the window cleaners had a lot of work to do this morning upon our arrival in Recife (Hay C Fay), Brazil. 
The air was getting quite heavy last night - that confirmed that we were indeed in equatorial waters.  We appreciated the clear night - the sliver of moon and the millions of stars - the waters were still calm and we can't believe that we have once again had a very smooth crossing of the Atlantic.
We were greeted this morning by very hot and humid weather with a bonus of clear skies and intense sun.  Not Jim's favorite combination and not mine either - but we had to deal with it.  The ship had a shuttle to take us to the old part of town.  Fortunately it dropped us off at a very nice little mall - that was air conditioned and full of nice art shops, restaurants and nice bathrooms.  From there we decided to walk across a bridge to the old center of town - well - it was definitely old and I think it made Jim appreciate Cape Verde a little more!  We didn't have much luck there - we checked out some old Colonial Churches and then found a taxi driver to take us to the nearby town of Olinda.  We negotiated a better deal than near the mall and what those drivers said would take 40 minutes - only took us 15 minutes and instead of 50 Reais it cost us 30 (which is like 17.00 U.S.)  Olinda was very nice - with many nice art galleries and craft shops.  I could have shopped there all day and bought it all too - I was finally in my element in this town - Jim of course will really appreciate it when I get it all put together back at home.  "We" found some hand painted canvases of Saints - some wood carvings and ceramics - all which will be perfect for the new home.  We found a 'taxi' or so he claimed, to take us back - we got this one for 20 Reais - so more like 12 dollars - and although this was a much scarier looking car - it all worked out in the end. 
You noticed we finally had a chance to upload a couple of the travelpods and we limited that to one hour - and the rest I will finish in the next port along with this one.  Jim went and had a beer and then he decided to get out of the heat and go back to the ship - I went in search of a Post Office - Will and Alli - the postcards are on their way - and they are covered with fun stamps - the man in the post office was funny - and he is the one that so artfully arranged your stamps - not exactly like Ahnie would have liked - but I will try to do it myself the next time!  Will you would have thought the local dancers were pretty funny - they have a traditional dance that they do here with umbrellas and it was a lot of fun to watch them!  You will see a couple photos. 
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