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South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador March 17th 2018

GÜN 44 17 MART CUMARTESİ: Uyku şişmesi sonunda uyandım.. Bu kadar nasıl uyumuşum veya ne kadar ihtiyacım varmış.. Kahvaltı giderek mükemmelleşiyor ..dün bazı yemekleri tattığımdan cesaret alan iki dudu artık hünerlerini gösteriyorlar ve yağdırıyorlar .. Gerçekten güzel şeyler yapıyorlar ama muz kızartmasına hayır demek durumunda kaldım .. O kadar da değil yani.. Cuba’da bira yanında patates kızartması niyetine vermişlerdi .O gün bugün muz kızartmasına hayır.. İlaçlarımı alıyorum bayağı düzelme var fakat su gibi terliyorum .. Odama çekilip dinlenmeye karar verdim..Salvador’lular kendilerine Bahia diyorlar .. Bahia eyaletin adı ve Salvador bu eyaletin başkenti ama onlar illa ki Bahia lafını daha çok benimsemişler. TV de din sat... read more
KIYI KIYI
ALANDAYIM
FENERLİ

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador March 16th 2018

GÜN 43 16 MART CUMA : Otelim beni şaşırtmaya devam ediyor .. Gece karanlığında hiç değerlendirememişim.. Oda diye bir kat aşağı inince ne oluyoruz ? dedim ama hakkını yemişiz.. Sabah ışıklarında ne olduğunu anladım.. Bir kere dün gece pencere yok diye sızlanmışız ya… pencere bir boşluğa açılıyor diye kızmıştım ya.. Meğersem pencere denize açılan bir balkona açılıyormuş.. Otelin bulunduğu mahalle eski şehir sayılıyor ve limanın tepesine yerleşmiş bir plato.. Aynen Santorini gibi dik bir yamaça yapılmış ve yemekhanesi giriş katında bulunuyor .. 180 derece deniz manzarasına karşı kahvaltı yapmak ayrı bir keyif.. Otelde iki dudu kadın çalışıyor .. Aman Allahım, kahvaltıyı döktürüyorlar .. 5 ... read more
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ÜST MAHALLE
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South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador March 15th 2018

GÜN 42 15 MART PERŞEMBE: Bugün artık son etaba giriyoruz.. Nezle, grip arası gidip geliyorum. Kendime bakmaya gayret ediyorum.. Erkenden alana geldim.. Otobüs peşinde koşmaya cesaret edemedim. 50 kağıdı verip taxi ile alana geldim.. Vaktim çok orada burada oyalanıyorum.. En azından düşünmeye vakit var ve kendimce değerlendirmelere dalıyorum. Bir kere İspanyolca biliyorum diye kasılırken ”Canım ne olacak burada da idare ederiz” diye bir özgüven patlaması yaşamışız.. Şimdi madara olmuş ve kuyruğu bacakların arasına sıkıştırmış durumdayız.. Kulaklarımız düşmüş…. Derin derin dalıyorum . Portekizce anlamak çok zor ve ne yapsam dediklerini anlamıyorum.. Ebleh bir bakış yüzüme ... read more
ALANDAYIZ
KEH KA
ALANDAYIZ

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador June 18th 2016

June 15. In Rio we woke at 5:00 am for our flight to Salvador in the state of Bahia, which is the size of Texas. Strangely, Wayne and a couple of others got an email saying our flight had been delayed and that we could find out more at 10. Giordanna called the airline and was told, no, everything is on time! Sure enough, at the airport the plane was ready, and all was fine. If we had been traveling alone we would probably have missed the flight! Someone proposed that that is what they do when the plane is overbooked to reduce the number of people that show up! In line to check baggage a very pushy woman kept trying to cut into the middle of our group from the row behind us. She had ... read more
Mashed manioc, salsa, black-eyed peas and manioc, and meats
The bay at Salvador
Posing with a baihana

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador May 2nd 2016

After another harrowing day of travel I arrived in my new location of Salvador, Brazil some 18 hours after going to the airport in Manaus. The airport in Manuas had been closed for 36 hours due to heavy fog and had just reopened when I arrived to try and purchase a plane ticket. Due to this impeccable timing, no seats were available because of the backlog in passengers. My plan was to show up and try to fly stand-by to Recife. This was not possible and a ticket would cost $1,500 one way. So Plan B was to plead with a budget airline to fly me anywhere on the coast at a reasonable cost. I was able to get a flight to Salvador for $350. Problem being the flight did not leave until 2am. I bought ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador April 11th 2016

Seem to be spending most of my time since 'the incident' googling 'is it safe to go to X on Saturday/Sunday am/ pm ( perm any two)? The rest of the time I spend trying to work out what it is safe and not safe to take with me. Today I opted for the money belt and a water bottle, but no mobile phone, so no photos today, which is a great pity. As advised by the guide books, I also carefully calculated the amount of money to take with me on the basis that this would be just enough for my outing, about £20. I decided to go to an island which is a popular day trip or holiday retreat for Salvadorians - it's called Itaparica. I picked up a taxi to take me to ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador April 10th 2016

If any of you thought some of my blogs were interesting, wait until you read this one which, unfortunately, is interesting for all the wrong reasons! I phoned the credit card company first thing using Viber to see why my payments were being blocked. The customer services guy I spoke to confirmed that this card had indeed been stopped and that security wanted to talk to me. Before he transferred the call he asked me what I thought of Brazil, fine, I replied I replied, until now. Yes, but what was it really like - he had always wanted to go to Brazil. Did I speak Portuguese and if so how much? I explained that without Portuguese it would be difficult to travel independently, particularly on public transport, and that even the taxi drivers appeared to ... read more
View of Barra
Igreja de Bonfim, Salvador
Ribeira, Salvador

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador April 10th 2016

Got Rita to give my outfit the once over from a security point of view before I left the flat today. She speaks no English but is much better at miming than me. I was wearing my money belt hidden below my T-shirt and that was it! I put a small amount of money in my pocket for immediate use , no water bottle with me because I had no belt to fasten it to. She approved but after she had seen me struggling to remove her house keys a few times from my money belt suggested I needed a purse with a shoulder strap for these, which of course I have at home but didn't bring with me. I decided to give the 'pelourinho', the historic centred a miss, at least today. A friend of ... read more
Barra shopping centre
Bird-sellers
Sunset, Museum of Modern Art, Salvador

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador February 14th 2016

Sunday 14th February, 2016. Salvador da Bahia, Bahia, Brazil Salvador da Bahia is the largest city on the north-eastern coast of Brazil with a population of about 3 million. It is the capital of the state of Bahia, located on a small peninsula that separates All Saints Bay from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The bay forms a natural harbour. All Saints Bay is the largest bay in Brazil. It was first encountered by the Portuguese, in 1501 after the arrival of Pedro Álvares Cabral's fleet in Porto Seguro. Later, Gaspar de Lemos arrived at the bay, and it was named by the Italian Amerigo Vespucci in 1502. In 1549 a fleet of Portuguese settlers established the town of Salvador. The settlers were headed by the first Governor-General of Brazil, named Thomé de Souza. Salvador ... read more
3. Palácio do Rio Branco
27.  Basilica do Senhor do Bonfirm
2.  The View from the top of the Elevator

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador February 12th 2016

Carnival week has ended and it was pretty much what you’d expect: drinking, dancing, and bad Spanglish. In light of all the festivities, I’d like to think I’m seasoned enough to make a sort-of ‘survival guide’ for all the scared Americans out there about to partake in the biggest party South America has to offer…and maybe the world? Yes. Definitely the world. 1. Take people’s advice, but don’t let them scare you. Friends and strangers alike warned us about the crime here an ungodly amount of times. At first it was a kind reminder, then it really scared me…almost to the point of not going different places…then it became an annoyance. They mean well, obviously, but if I let their warnings prevent me from going to the places I wanted…I would’ve regretted it. 2. ... read more




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