Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
76Trip End Jun 24, 2010
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In Salvador it's less about seeing the sights and more of just soaking up the atmophere. The streets are full of colourful, crumbling colonial houses dotted along the craggy cobblestones. It's incredible how so many dilapidated buildings can retain so much of their grandeur. As we walked around we were instantly caught up in the vibe. Every other house seemed to be an art exhibition, women were dressed in full Bahian costume selling thier traditional food and men practised capoiera in the street .
Next door to our hostel was the most amazing junk shop with all kinds of memoribilia, we spent ages rooting through it all and forcing ourselves to not buy anything.
One afternoon we randomly wandered into a small church to find the inside decked out in exquisite gold from floor to ceiling. We took an earbashing for taking a photo so you should all feel privileged :) In the evening we ate in the street near our hostel, there was only chicken or meat on the menu and the food was superb, we are still not entirely sure what was in the dish but we opted for the chicken!
The next day we found our way to the market, tried some more weird food (a kind of sweet jelly made of flour). We checked out the Afro-Brazilian museum and learned a lot about the slave trade and the African culture in Brazil. In the evening there was the weekly tuesday night street party and we headed off with some others from our hostel. The place was crazy packed and the music was amazing with lots of different groups playing in the streets, we were mesmerised by one guy who kept throwing his huge drum above his head as he danced around.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Salvador as the clock was ticking and Rio was calling to us...