Christmas & New Year with the Stinneys

Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
Trip End Jun 24, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , Rio Grande do Norte,
Thursday, December 24, 2009

So as usual a little prelude about our travel to Pipa.  The grand plan was to leave Jeri for Natal (the nearest big city) and then get a small local bus to Pipa, about 4 hours away.  As ever our bus was late getting to Natal and when we arrived we were told that there were no more buses till 8am the next day. We then tried to look in our guide book for hostels in the area (of which there were none) and discuss our options with the tourist information lady, who helpfully told us that she only did information for the buses and not for the town.  At this point Tim decided to see what was around the block and found a small hotel opposite the bus terminal, with a combination of mime and broken Porta-nglish he managed to get a downstairs twin room for him and his girlfriend, this seemed to amuse the reception staff to no end.  Why this was didn't become clear until we moved in and discovered the bed mattress was made of plastic and had a condom stuffed down the side.  Yep, we were staying in one of those infamous 'love' hotels which came complete with transvestite hooker on the doorway by 6pm.  Anyway early to bed and try not to listen to anything was our plan.  After a surpisingly good sleep it was on to Pipa.

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).  Then the excitement started all over again, it was great to meet up with friends after so long away and we could barely keep our mouths shut swapping experiences so far.

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...
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lisypoo80 on

Ha ha ha ha how funny about the 'love' hotel.... u realise Tim prob did that on purpose!! Villa sounds lovely, bet u all had an awsome time, wish we could have been there! Love u loads, lovely to see you on skype yesterday! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

southnclarke on

Pipa sounds fantastic, xmas & New Year in the sun sounds fantastic, really need to get round to Lisa & Olly so we can SKYPE. Bloody t'internet. Can always arrange a dip in the pool next new year, might be a bit cooler though!!!!
Miss you both loads

drrach on

C'mon, tell us what was going on in the pool in that last photo?!?!

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