Trip Start Sep 20, 2004
89Trip End Mar 30, 2005
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Got the ´Vomit Comet´ -- high speed boat from Morro de Sao Paolo to Salvador. Our trip out was a helluva lot smoother that the ride back, and my smugness about not being the slightest bit sea sick on the way out shut right the heck up! Many people were sick and those that weren´t spent the whole 2 hours and 14 minutes (not 1:45 like they say) looking intently at the horizon and practicing deep breathing techniques! There was on fella (jerk) who was happily drinking beer. I nearly threw him in.
Salvador is a beautiful, colorful, colonial city. We stayed near all of the action and naturally, (because it was party Tuesday?) we hit just right. The main square was filled with booths selling grilled meats and other booths selling booze in all of its forms
After dinner, we went to see Olodum (http://www2.uol.com.br/olodum/)... the world famous Drum Band of Salvador. Amazing. Like Stomp, but with a heaving dancing and excited crowd. And they were 95% locals! And these folks can dance!!! About 20 guys and 10 girls were all lined up and were doing some kind of line dance. I made so rather snide remarks about the Macarena.
And then I got closer. First of all these fellas were huge! And in amazing shape (they all are here. gotta get to the gym). And they danced with a confidence and a happiness that was infectious. Really hypnotic. That along with the big drums made for quite a fun evening!