Blogs from Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil, South America


South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió February 22nd 2013

VENTURING BEYOND MACEIO: Piaçabuçú e Foz do Sao Francisco During my trips to Maceio, I usually visit the same places, where our loved ones are. This time I was determined to start exploring a little beyond my usual surroundings. I had seen a picture of the dunes by where the San Francisco river and the Atlantic ocean meet and was determined to go take a peek during this trip to Maceio. We packed the car and left for the more than 3 hours drive by the coast. Along the way, we see green coconut groves, small fisherman homes. I was very glad to see, that although poverty is still seen, misery is not. Arriving to the town of Piaçabuçú was refreshing: the colorfully painted homes, cobble stone streets, kids playing around, the church towering high. The ... read more
Tranquil beauty
A tree, a tent, a boat, surrounded by beauty.What else?

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió June 14th 2012

Please click on the entry to see the full text and all photos. So it was on this day a year ago, June 14th2011 that I left Vegas and the States to start my South American odyssey. A whole year has passed and I can’t believe it. I know it sounds cliché, but it doesn’t seem like I have been away that long. I feel as if I could go on for a while longer. As a matter of fact, there are only 2 things keeping me from extending my odyssey. One is money. Hey the funds are running low (now if you want to donate to the Keep Dave Oliver Traveling Fund I do accept Visa and American Express). The second reason is I do have a job to go back to. If I did ... read more
A burger from where I work.
A burger from Canoa, Ecuador.
A sandwich from Merida, Venezuela.

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió July 19th 2011

"Oi" (Hi) One can say I am biased to write about Maceio, since it's my hometown (even though I've lived abroad for a very long time), but this city is a true gem if you enjoy a warm destination by an amazing ocean. True that culture is not necessarily "in your face", and if one is interested to go beyond the surface, he has to take the time explore it. Here, it's just a brief overview of one more passage through Maceio and surroundings. WEATHER: I usually come home when it's winter time in brazil, but it's still a great time to visit Maceio. It's warm, from 21-30C, and although it rains intermittently, the sun still appears often enough for one to have a good time. I just returned from a walk under... read more
Jatiuca Beach
Splendid view and serenity

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió February 21st 2011

Po wyczerpujacej przeprawie Amazonka dotarlismy do Belem gdzie zlapalismy autobus (12 godzin) do Teresina (podobno nagoretsze miejsce w Brazylii), nastepnie caly dzien wloczenia sie aby zlapac kolejny nocny autobus (kolejne 21 godzin) do miejscowosci - Natal, polozonej na upragnionym wybrzezu. Plaza, woda i palmy to cos co marzylo sie nam od kilku tygodni. Podczas 5 dniowej przeprawy Amazonka, zgralismy sie z kilkoma ososbami i okazalo sie dwoch kolesi: Brian i Alex zmierzali w tym samym kierunku wiec postanowilismy polaczys sily - razem zawsze razniej i weselej - takze stworzylismy mala grupke 4 gringos. Dojechalismy do Natal gdzie bylo juz ciemno a przed nami bylo szukanie noclegu. Alex zostal z bagazami z jednym z barow i reszta rozdzielila sie w poszukiwaniu czegos przyzwoitego. Kiedy z radoscia rozladowalismy toboly w uroczej ´posadzie´postanowilismy oblac meczaca przeprawe co za... read more
Zebrak na plazy w Natal
Moj Brazyliano!Natal

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió October 12th 2009

Hi During the past year I visited my home town, Maceio, a couple of times, but didn blog. So, here is a short one, followed by pictures of family, friends and places. I will start with a comment about something I experience whenever I arrive at the first Brazilian airport. I can not fail to notice the cultural difference. At first, it feels somewhat caotic and disorganized, but thats expected by now. It is the noise that still gets to me. Boy we are LOUD here! And now with cell phones in everyones hands, its worse. One have no choice but to endure listening to everyones LOUD conversations. So many and so loud, and all at once! Nerve racking as you are trying to read or just rest after the long trip! But than, my tolerance ... read more
Sunset at Lagoa Mundau
Portal no Pontal
Anjinho no cemiterio de Capela...

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió July 1st 2009

The north east coast of brazil is soooo much fun! Beautiful!! -and brazilian culture is out of this world- people are so nice!!! So I arrived in maceio brazil to meet the most amazing women, my couchsurfing host, Vitoria, 65 retired vivacious professor of French. She picked me up from the bus station, made me a baked chicken dinner, made me a fantastic breakfast (all for free) and drove me to the beach to enjoy the next day. A truly terrific women, she was full of zest, life, and love. She had just fallen in love and been proposed to by her french boyfriend that had come from, and returned to, France. She inspired me when she told me about her life, and her long marriage that she left 12 years ago. Since then she’s had ... read more
Me and Pricila
Fabio and Pricilla
oh what a beautiful breakfast! thanks Vitoria!!

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió November 2nd 2008

So far we have probably spent a total of 8 solid days on overnight busses, they are great but the standard really varies. Some buses give you free snacks some have feet rests and some play DVDs. One bus we went on even played an English DVD which Alan and I were really excited about, at least there would be something to break up our 22 hour journey! Imagine our utter disappointment when the sound wasn't working! oh well never mind because for some reason the driver had selected english subtitles we could enjoy the film after all (Prime starring meryl streep and that chick out of kill Bill) the film was a bit dull but by about 1hour30 you were quite into it, which is about the time it got turned off when they swapped ... read more

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió June 30th 2008

Instituto Eco-Engenho Instituto Eco-Engenho was founded by José Roberto Fonseca in 2001. The goal of the NGO is to use technology for sustainable development, taking advantage of renewable resources and innovative solutions oriented toward the needs and capabilities of marginalized communities. The program we visited is called H2Sol, whose goal is to use “micro-irrigation systems to produce high value-added products with the use of renewable energy to generate income in remote communities of the semi-arid region of Brazilian northeast” (from Eco-Engenho). The pilot project is located in Baixas, in the municipality of São José da Tapera, in the interior of the state of Alagoas. H2Sol receives funding from the Fiorello LaGuardia Foundation, Fundo de Microcrédito de Alagoas - FUNCRE, United States Agency for International Development - USAID, E3V - Environment Energy and Enterpr... read more
solar pepper dehydrator
solar stove
solar panels

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió June 29th 2008

We arrived in Maceió late this morning from São Paulo. Maceió is a mid-size city on the northeastern coast, north of Salvador and south of Fortaleza. Apparently none of the U.S.-published guidebooks consider it worth mentioning. Brazilians and Europeans, however, have long traveled here for its location, amazing beaches to the north and south of the city, the food, and its not-overly-urban character. At least the beach part feels like a sleepy beach town with cabanas lining the shore and coconut palms sticking out of the sand. Maceió is an old city with buildings and churches dating back to colonial times. It is the capital of the state of Alagoas, a long skinny state that can be traversed by from coast to interior border in one day. Lots of influential politicians come from Alagoas - ... read more
Dad, waiting for food
Le Beach

South America » Brazil » Alagoas » Maceió June 3rd 2008

We made the trip from Salvador by bus to Maceio. This was our first overnight journey. The buses are nice and really comfortable but the only problem is the air conditioning, we continuously woke up freezing through the entire journey. One piece of advice if you are travelling on overnight buses in Brazil, bring a sleeping bag or at least a pair long johns!! We got in early the next morning and the weather was noticeable warmer. We had planned a day on the beach but we didn't make it, booo, basically we could not make our lazy assess move and ended up hitting our bed for a daytime nap. Maceio is a small city by Brazilian standards but the coast line is beautiful. The beaches are lined with Palm trees and also small cone shaped ... read more

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