Island Living

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Friday, January 28, 2011

Hello Peeps!

So, next entry...

I got the ferry from Salvador to the island of Morro De Sao Paulo, two hour boat ride across the bay from the big bad city. I had heard some stories about the sea being incredibly rough so I was bricking it. However, I took a sleeping ill from a kind person at the hostel (Cheers, Keyko, love. I owe you) and it was fine. No vomit, no hysterical screams at all! Almost a disappointment in a way, you know how I love a drama!

Anyway. Island life was very nice indeed. I got a little room in a pousada to myself (everyone needs a break from dorms now and again) and put some serious sun hours in. Morro itself had some beautiful beaches, although maybe it was ever so slightly built up. You could easily walk away from the crowds and find a little beach spot for yourself however, which is the main thing.

The only problem really was that nobody spoke English. All the tourists seemed to be Argentinian, and the locals were used to calling their wares out in Spanish. This actually is a good lesson for an English person to learn...we go around the world expecting everyone to communicate with us (which most often they can) and so it doesnt do any harm to have the boot on the other foot. It is just that you can only sit on the beach for so long on your own without feeling a little bit lonely and wanting to have a laugh with someone ("Poor Stuart", I hear you cry, "How did he cope on a tropical beach on his own! His life beggars belief!")

No matter. I went on a boat trip and fell in with a lovely Brazilian couple, Sabrina and Juliano. They could speak perfect English so unfortunately after three days of silence I chewed their ears off, poor things. But we had fun anyway (or at least, I did. They said something about having headaches by the end of it but I put that down to sunstroke...)

So, after a few days I headed back to Salvador- had two days there and attended a sea festival on yet another boat, which was really good (I was so excited on the day that I thought I was going to be sick, but I had taken Immodium for the usual reason and so all fluid was safely locked away; phew!)

Then it was back to Rio De Janeiro for my last part of Brazil. Sob.

Hope all is well folks

Stewpot x
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