Surf City and Falafel Town

Trip Start Dec 09, 2006
Trip End Aug 03, 2007

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

We quickly discovered that there is no easy way to get from Morro De Sao Paulo to anywhere else but Salvador unless you go with a special transfer. So we took a transfer from Morro to Itacare, a town south of Salvador, our last beach in Brazil.
The transfer was first by ferry and then in a van with 8 other Israelis, it was a terrible ride... The roads aren't paved and we thought that the ride would be 4 hours and it turned out to be 6-7. Finally we arrived!
The hostel that we stayed at was beautiful, definitely the nicest that we have been to in Brazil and in general. And the breakfast, oh the breakfast!! On a scale from 1 to ¨I would wake up even at 6 AM for this breakfast¨, I would give it a 12. Come on, I wouldn't wake up at 6 AM but it was definitely the best.
Itacare is basically a surf town. They have great waves for surfers, beginners and experts. So every little kid that you see walking in the street is carrying a surf board and they are much better than most 20-something year olds that I know that rented a board.
We met up with our friends Tomer, Baruch and Maya and pretty much hung out with them the whole time of our stay. The second night that we were there, we discovered that there is a falafel shop at the end of the street owned by Israelis! And of course not only owned by Israelis, but Israelis are their main customers. So for the second time in my travels (the first was in El Bolson, Argentina), I had hummus! It was good and tasted like home. I also had falafel which was good too. Needless to say, we ate there about 3 times during our stay.
Another thing to see in Itacare besides the surfer dudes is a place called the ¨Disappearing beach¨. This beach is kinda like the secret garden of the beaches. We decided to go see what everyone was talking about and judge for ourselves. We walked about 40 min in the jungle until we got to a clearing where we could see fields and fields of palm trees, it was pretty amazing. Then, after walking behind the fields of palms we got to the beach which was really beautiful as well. We sat on the beach for about 40 min until the weather decided that our time was up and it started pouring rain. So everyone on the beach got up and started heading back, 40 min in the jungle in the rain. I think I can say that I had my Brazilian jungle experience.
I was starting to get a little fidgety from all the beaching and I was in need of some action. What better place is there for action other than the capital of Brazil- Rio De Janeiro! So we booked a flight to Rio and said goodbye to the beautiful Brazilian beaches.
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