Trip Start Dec 03, 2012
Trip End Feb 25, 2013

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Ceara,
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We endured a long trip from Rio to Jeri via Salvador but it was certainly worth the wait.There are no roads or cars in Jeri, just sandy streets and the only way to get around is by foot, buggy or donkey! The town is very small but picture perfect, surrounded by sand dunes and two stretches of beach which is renouned for its kite surfing.

The afternoon tradition in Jeri is that everyone (tourists and locals alike) climb the sand dunes and watch the sun set into the sea then run (or walk if you're not feeling so adventerous) down the dunes into the sea, then mosey along the beach to where the local Capoeira groups are performing, not a bad life!

The hostel we stayed in was very basic but had loads of hammocks, a great crew of people and all in all lovely atmosphere. Most of us would congregate in the evenings to cook a big fish or a few steaks on the BBQ then wonder down to the beach for some midnight cocktails.

On our second day we took out a buggy tour to see various lagoons, rock & tree formations, and a national park filled with sand dunes which was pretty spectacular.

Jeri is world renouned for its surf so we thought we should really give it a go, but the call of tasty shellfish got the better of us and we ended up deciding to spend the money on a meal out instead. We thought we'd spoil ourselves, as a sort of Christmas present to each other, and found a beautiful restaurant right on the beach. We ordered an assortment of lobster, prawns, squid and fish, drank wine and watched the tide and donkeys strolling by. For a moment we forgot we were backpacking and the thought of our heavy packs was a distant memory. A couple of Australian guys nicknamed us "Flash-packers", think this one is going to stick and is quite fitting.
For our last night out in Jeri we went to a Forro club, a local dance from the North East of Brazil. Possibly the only music we know about where a triangle is a primary percussion instrument, but fun to dance to none the less. Didnt take us long to find a willing teacher and we were off!

We spent 6 nights in total in Jeri, met some great people, some of whom travelled on to Pipa and Olinda with us. All in all "Magical" is probably the best way to describe this place, would highly recommend it to anyone.

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