Christmas & New Year with the Stinneys
Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
76Trip End Jun 24, 2010
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Pipa was a surprisingly low-key beach town when we arrived on the 24th. Surprising because the is regularly mentioned as one of Brazil's premier beach towns. It had small 2 story buildings and quaint cobbled roads through most of it, the beach, well let's just say the boasting is not for nothing. Several kilometres of pure golden sand, pink cliffs, oh and a little cove where dolphins regularly swim into. Sadly they were on Christmas hols while we were there but it didn't take away from the gorgeous scenery and the big waves.
Our villa; it is hard to describe the gleeful joy as we pranced around the nice aircon rooms with freshly made beds and clean towels, along with our little garden complete with pool and patio. It is like the first drink after a long summer's day when you know that lager/rose/coke is just what you need. After 4 months travelling and sleeping in hostels or buses, staying in a place that is actually worthy of hotel stars, let alone four of them, is almost too much. Once we had calmed down enough to think we collected what was to become our regular shop (beer, wine, chocolate, meat, pasta, potatos, water) and waited for the Stinneys (Stevenson & Kinney)
Christmas day itself was a pretty chilled day. Starting with champagne breakfast (that's right champagne every morning we wanted it) we mainly sunbathed and took turns calling home and talking to our families, that night we chatted for ages and played cards.
It turns out our daily routine was pretty similar to christmas day. Breakfast, shop, sunbathe and read, eat dinner and play cards into the night. The main change in our routine was New Year, where we had breakfast, shopped, sunbathed, had dinner and then went down to the beach with some drinks to celebrate. Turns out that the correct Brazillian new year attire is all white, none of us were wearing a white top but no one seemed to care. The beach was heaving with more people than we had seen all week in town, everyone was well prepared with drinks and cool boxes, the Brazilians seem to put a lot of effort into keeping their beverages cool, you have to admire their priorities... There was a stunning fireworks display at new year and then we just wondered the town enjoying the atmosphere. We finished up the festivities by taking a late night dip in our lovely pool before bed. It will be hard o top that next year!
The next day was the same as most of our others albeit just at a slower pace.Then all to soon it was the 3rd Jan and we wondered where all our time had gone. Did we really have to go back to those soft, over-used, stained beds and long 20+ hour bus journeys? Well I suppose there are worse things to do. The adventure continues, next stop Salvador...