Samba, culture and way too much ´AQUUAAA´
Trip Start Nov 23, 2009
37Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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Where I stayed
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 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!!"