Africa in Brazil

Trip Start Jul 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2005

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Hi folks! We hope that you are all fine. Reading the news (Internet is free in our pousada), we learned that there were more terrorist attacks in the UK and Egypt ...

We are writing from Salvador the Bahia, the colonial capital of Brazil, famous for its colonial architecture, gilded churches and African lifestyle. No other place in Brazil has kept the roots and traditions of the African slaves as much as Salvador. You see it and you smell it everywhere. There´s music everywhere, samba, reggae, forro, axé(drums) ... Also, we get a change in food, which is quite nice after a week on rice, beans and grilled meat - here, it´s rice and beans and stewed meat or fish, a bit like Indonesian curry, with coconut milk and chillis. Salvador is also notorious for its nightlife which we also enjoy after a week in the outback.
We love strolling through the cobblestone streets with (tourist trap) handicraft shops or drinking a cerveja on a praca where live samba is being played. Going out is great, cheap and lively.

In spite of all the tourists bringing money to this place, Salvador is a poor town. We have to look after ourselves when we go out at night. Once, we witnessed a pickpocket and once we almost became victims. Walking back to our pousada around midnight, 4 guys of about 15 approached us on the only darker stretch and requested money. We were lucky that the lonely stretch was so short, the money was well-stored in a deep pocket and that Rebecca yelled at them. On other occasions, local people warned us to stay away from a district we were approaching. This was most awful when we arrived here, late at night, with all luggage and no luck in finding a hotel.
As long as one stays in the old city, one is save, there is a policeman on every corner.

We had a great time here, but now we are looking forward to a more peaceful place. Tomorrow morning (sunrise time again), we will get on a bus further North, where we hope to find a nice fishing village with a tropical beach or so ...
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