Leaving Salvador and boring times in Recife

Trip Start Jan 21, 2012
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Trip End May 22, 2012


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Pernambuco,
Monday, January 30, 2012

Before I start, the ŽiŽ key on this keyboard doesnŽt work very well.

So as you can guess from the title we have moved on to our next city. Before I get on to the new place I just wanted to say a quick thanks to Lior and Hofit for sharing their stories of Patagonia and making me more excited about what I am going to experience in the next few months. 

Our last two days in Salvador were very chilled out. Daniel and I went to the beach (finally) and sat around, read our books and ate some food - Prawns, Grilled Cheese and a Samosa type thing. We headed back to our hostel after a few hours and once again chilled by the pool. The three of us were talking about what to do for dinner and after about 10 seconds we came to the unanimous decision to go back to ŽO CravinhoŽ. As you can tell, we liked thiis place. 

We checked out of our hostel, paid our tabs and set about reworking the second leg of our trip. Due to some of the stories and places we heard about from the above mentioned new friends we wanted to make sure we could fit it all in, after about 2+ hours of discussion and working it out - we can.

Leavng Salvador marked a milestone in our trip, it was going to be the first time we had got a long distance bus. The bus from Salvador to Recife was advertised to take 12 hours....it took just about 14. It was an overnight bus though so we slept through most of it. The seats were more comfortable than the British Airways ones we were in on the flight to Rio, they reclined to about a 50 degree angle and a little cushion came down from the seat in front to create a leg rest. 

I finally finished my book ŽIn PatagoniaŽ by Bruce Chatwin on this journey, which has also heightened my excitement of reachng Patagonia. I too hope to find a bit of Mylodon skin in Punto Arenas (google it).

I awoke in a totally different place. From the colourful concrete buildings of Salvador to the green landscapes I was travelling through. I looked out of the window for about an hour and all I saw were trees, cars, wild animals and a couple of farms - all beautiful.

As you can tell from the title of this post, Recife is not my favourite of places. It sounds harsh, as it has not done anythng to me to make me feel this way, its more what it hasnŽt done. When we arrived we were told about an amazing shopping centre where there were over 400 shops and 50 places to eat - we only cared about the food and air con. Then we took a stroll along the beach, which was highly dissapointng and full of shark attack warnings - just the kind of sea I like!

The buildings in our surrounding area are all car showrooms, supermarkets and high rise tower blocks - of which many are unfinished. The general feeling I get of Recife is the same that I get when I used to walk to school through the MFI car park....its just rubbish.

Today we went to explore ŽOlindaŽ, a neighbouring town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site so I thought it would be more like Salvador...I was let down. After a long and arduous journey on buses, metro and another bus we were greeted with a grey sky and a bit of drizzle. Venturing further into the centre we hoped to find more exciting places....we were let down. Yes there were a few colourful houses as you will see in the photos but there was nothing in them, there were no people in the streets giving it character.

When discussing about going to see Olnda yesterday we had set aside the whole afternoon and some of the evening to be spent there - we arrrived at 1pm and left at 3pm.

Due to the lack of things to do and sights to see, we decided to book the bus to our next stop in advance of when we were previously going to. We are again heading further north up the Brazilian coast to Fortaleza but only as a stopping point to Jerricoacoara. If you are going to be jealous of any place on my trip, this will be it.
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