Beach hoppin

Trip Start Aug 09, 2006
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Friday, October 20, 2006

First things first, ma, a couple things to clarify about Salvador. Though what I said was accurate (it can be dangerous and annoying), I think maybe you got the wrong impression. I guess you might be able to compare it to, back in the 80s, when NYC was pretty bad. If you visited Times Square and stayed there for a week, it would be really cool. All the lights, buildings, crossroads of the world, Broadway, etc... Pretty amazing place. But if you stayed there for awhile, all the grime of the area would wear on you and you´d be ready to go. It would be unfair to judge all of NYC on Times Square (obviously the whole city isn't like it). Like Salvador. Glad I got to see other parts, because the Pellorinho can be really awesome and not, at the same time.

Next thing: Tigers are 4 wins away from winning it all!

On to the entry...So, spent a few nights on the Ihla da Itaparica, in Mar Grande, while I was waiting for Monday to come (only day to extend the visa - getting to the Policia Federal was an experience). First place on the trip where I was the only gringo at all and nobody spoke any English. Went to the beach there, and in another village on the island, Barra Grande (had the better of the beachs). Visa extension went through cool - cheaper than expected also. First experience with the Kombi vans. They´re in plenty of cities, just running routes picking up and dropping off people for super cheap. As soon as the visa was done, jumped on a bus to Camamu, had to spend the night there, then took a boat to another Barra Grande (I think, the "real" Barra Grande) on a peninsula. Not an island, but really only reachable by boat. Completely deserted and awesome. Walked down the peninsula to Taipús de Fora, an absolutely awesome beach and you couldn´t see anybody. Nobody. Great water, sand, palms...One of those places on the list to return to. The area is made up of a bunch of small fishing villages. But I did find a couple of Paulistas who were returning to Barra Grande, so they gave me a lift back. It was a 7km walk there, which isn´t too much, but the heat, sand roads, etc... make it seem like it. So, next up was Itacaré, where I am right now. Was recommended to me by just about everybody I´ve run into so far. It is actually right under the peninsula, but unless you pay a bunch to get driven there plus ferry from Barra Grande, it is easier and cheaper just to take the boat back to Camamu, bus to Ilheús, then bus to Itacaré. My route over the last 7 days or so would look ridiculous if the map was zoomed in on this website. Since I haven´t been here too long, I´ll save that update for another day. But for starters, if I thought Bonito and Lençóis were touristy...they had nothing on Itacaré. But the good thing is that the prices here don't reflect that. Bigger than I expected. Pretty funny though, as I ran into a dude I was hanging out with back in Lençóis. Basically, this past week was just spent going from beach to beach to beach and bumming around there - lots of movement. Not too much in the line of sight seeing or whatever. Just between the movement. Last 5 posadas have all sucked - nasty, dirty, bugs, stinky, etc... but think I found a good one here. Knock on wood - I haven´t actually slept here yet. No pix yet because they´re all on the camera and don´t have it with me.
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