Samba, culture and way too much ´AQUUAAA´

Trip Start Nov 23, 2009
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Friday, February 26, 2010

This is my second time in Salvador but I have to say, I do really love the city - it has so much flavour to it, if that makes any kind of sense! I guess maybe because of its culture, African influence... it just seems to be a very sensual, alive city.

We stayed in two areas whilst here - Pelourinho (the historic centre) and also Barra (one of the city´s beach suburbs). 
Pelourinho is lovely and very beautiful - full of historic, colonial type buildings and churches - most of which we explored whilst here; however after 4 days, we were really very ready to move on to somewhere less touristy and hectic.  Hectic because each day we were bombarded with locals trying to sell us ´´Aguuaaaa´´ or some kind of handicraft!  Plus there wasn´t really anywhere nice to just sit and relax (well, not without spending any money!)

Barra has a much slower pace, which was refreshing after Pelourinho; Unfortunately, I cant say the beach was very nice - it definitely had a very odd smell about it, making me think the city´s sewage led directly onto it!  We didn´t really do much in Barra other than walk around the area - we took in the shopping mall, watched a very rubbish movie at the cinema  (Wolfman) and just basically killed time until our flight to Bolivia.  Killing time with me, often involves eating more food than I would usually do; as such, Kris and I did end up sampling a few local delicacies.  Dad, I think you´ll be pleased to read this - I tried some kind of fishy concoction... it basically consisted of a fried bean type dumpling, stuffed with prawns / shrimps (i´m not sure which) and then smothered in a fishy type paste and filled with salad.  I can´t say I enjoyed the experience but I was rather impressed with myself for trying it, especially bearing in mind my distaste for anything seafood like other than Birds eye fish fingers! 

We probably should have done a few tours of the local area but Kris and I are both desperately trying to save our money...Brazil has been very, very expensive! One thing we did splash out on was a Samba lesson for 2 hours; at first it was pretty fun and amusing, however a little over an hour in both Kris and I were literally covered in sweat and were no where near picking up the dance steps (me, of course, struggling the most - it must be those Carter genes!!) To reinforce this point, I will quote the teacher´s comment about my dancing efforts- "Joy!! You are not riding a bicycle - move your hips!!"

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charlotte on

WOW!! It all sounds so amazing, Keep on having such an amazing time xxxxx

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