Surf´s up!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

So, it was bound to happen sooner or later, but about 15 minutes short of town, the bus got pulled over by the military police. At first I didn´t know what was going on, but everybody groaned and somebody told me. So, all the men off the bus and up against it hands up, feet apart. Everybody got searched at gunpoint. Everybody was silent and it was pretty intense at the moment, but I think if it happened again it wont be. Just a first time thing. Funny moment came as one of the last guys to get searched was really scuzzy, barely any clothes, stunk to high heaven. Everybody was snickering waiting for the poor officer to have to search him. His search last about two seconds. Then the women off, the bags searched, yada yada yada. They didn´t find anything, so it was pretty uneventful.

Almost forgot! I saw whales on the boat from Barra Grande to Camamu. That was a first.

Itacaré was really really cool. Very little town and very touristy and lots and lots to do (or nothing, if you wish!). Place I was staying was pretty social, and the town itself is so small that you see the same people over and over, that in just a week or so, you feel like you know quite a few people here. And it is easy to take part in one of the many things to do (hike, raft, surf, kyak, 4-wheel, bike, million other tours) or just lay in the hammock out on your balcony and kick it for the day. I decided to take up surfing. Fun! I heard it was pretty hard, and it aint easy, but I was pretty impressed that I was able to actually do it. First day trying. Great feeling as you´re riding the wave in. Makes you wanna get really good at it so you can do all kinds of cool tricks and turns on massive waves. That is what I think about when I think of Itacaré. All the surfing. Will come in handy, too, I think as I go other places! Renting a board is cheap and easy. Seems like there was some sort of beach party here all the time. Very cool and laid back time here. And cheap too! Also went kyaking one day around the point and out to where a waterfall was.

I considered staying here for awhile, just because it is so comfortable, I know plenty of people, my place is rad, and I could just surf and surf every day. But then I got a little restless. Plan on going up north now. Itacaré will always be here. And actually, the weather hasn´t been all too great. (I know, I know, better than Michigan right now! But we were surfing in rain!)
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