Pipa...... the beach

Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Staying at a beautiful pousada on a hill right above the Beach de Amor, waking up to the sound of waves and the ocean out my window... About time i spoilt myslef a little!!! ;)

Want to know what it is like on a Brasilian beach? DONT read on it you want your image spoilt.....

Sitting on a beach chair trying to chill out and relax, i hear a bell in the distance, it is getting closer, i lift my head to see an ice cream vendor who asks if i want an ice cream. I think to myslef no problem that is normal and kindly decline. Then i hear music getting closer and closer till a speaker is about half a meter from my ear bursting my drum, this time a CD vendor asking if i want to buy pirate CD´s, again i decline (not kindly this time). Then i hear a whilstle being blown and getting closer, again i lift my head to find a sunscreen vendor!!! &$#@*..... yes getting frustrated now....
So i decide to do a little experiment. I took pen and papaer and wrote down how many times i was sold something..... the results? read on below...
Within 50 minutes i had 35 different vendors try to sell me something! That is one vendor every 1 minute & 40 seconds on average! Dont beleive me? See the list below:

Ice Cream X 5 ringing bells (all different vendors)
Sunscreen X 3 blowing Whilstles (all different vendors)
CD´s X 3 with blarring stereos (all different vendors)
Clothes X 3 (all different vendors)
Jewellery x 3 (all different vendors)
Sunglasses x 3 (all different vendors)
Henna Tatoo´s x 2 (all different vendors)
Fruti X 1 ringing bells
Hot Dogs
Football Jerseys
Hot Cheese sticks
Caldos (Soups)
Baby Bips
Hair bands

So..... i have i shattered your image of a relaxing day at the beach? this is no exageration!!!
But wait there is more.... this one killed me, in more ways than one....
A woman dragging a disabled child who was parapledgic along the sand to your seat, stopping before the child would run a well practiced speech on their life struggle. Complete exploitation of the child. It made me sick.
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livingthedream on

Re: You need to get a life to live the dream
I am sorry my entry has offended you and potentialy disrespected your home.

I wanted to answer your questions and observations:

1. Why? Unfortunately this is not fiction nor a story, it is reality. Perhaps as you are a local you are treated differently. As a tourist, this was my experience without an ounce of exageration. I wrote it is as it happened. This is the same for the rest of my blog.
2.I am not from Blackpool, nor am I from the U.K. I live in Australia, where we actually do have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
3.My background is Portuguese, I speak it fluently.

I loved travelling your country and I loved Pipa, as my blog clearly advises. This experience was a sad one and you are correct in saying it did make me sad... on the day....

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