Blogs from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, South America - page 5


South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador February 13th 2012

Brazilian beaches tour With plans to be in Salvador, Bahia for Carnival, my friend Mary and I needed to decide on a mode of transport. We wanted to relax and have everything taken care of for us, so when we came across the poster for ‘CruztheCoast’ in our hostel in Rio, our decision made itself. The tour offered is an 11 day tour of the coast of Brazil, beginning in Rio and finishing in Salvador. We quickly got in contact with the company and after paying a bargained R$1100 (including accommodation), myself, Mary and our new German travelling companion Till boarded the bus two days later. The rest of the travelling contingent was all native English speakers and with our Irish tour guide, Anne, we knew we could relax without translation concerns. First port of call ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador February 8th 2012

Our transition from Patagonia up to Brazil wasn't exactly smooth sailing. The flight El Calafate to Buenos Aires was delayed 6 hours, which allowed copious amounts of Gin Rummy to be played. Even once we finally landed in Buenos Aires, we weren't allowed to leave the plane due to wind and rain on the tarmac. I swear, the crew at EZE airport have no idea how to handle unfavorable weather. An hour later, we disembarked the plane and received our saoked bags from the carousel (they didn't have covered containers to transfer them). Our luck came when we were able to share a taxi with a couple girls from Denver, Jame and Rachel. They had been travelling a similar route through Patagonia and our paths had crossed quite frequently. It was thanks to Rachel that Chloe ... read more
Classic Salvador
Classic Salvador
Beat up iglesia

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador January 18th 2012

Hmm I’m not going to write much but you should be aware that this country is slightly overrated. First, the drop dead gorgeous people you are expecting to see probably don’t exist. Don’t get me wrong, you will find gorgeous folks in Brazil but the beauty is comparable to that of the US or Colombia. I walked off the plane assuming 99% of Brazilians are drop dead gorgeous and it took me a week to get over this shock. One thing though is that the Portuguese language is charming (yes more charming than Spanish). I only visited Rio de Janeiro and Salvador (Bahia). Both places are awesome however Salvador is richer in culture. The only crazy thing I did on this trip is to take a 31 hours bus ride from Rio to Salvador. I’ll never ... read more
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Brasil 319
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South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador November 20th 2011

I need to write this down before I forget. Because even as I get these words down I can feel the cool breezes of Ilha da Santa Catarina blowing the humidity and earthiness of Salvador right off my body. I left Salvador battered and broken down and loving it. First, there was my skin now much darker and redder then when I arrived. Second, there was my possibly broken foot. The foot cracked against a submerged rock while body surfing at Praia da Foral and then pounded into submission night after night during insane Brazilian dancing sessions was left noticebly swollen. And finally there was my being, which had been moulded and formed by the people and spirit of Bahia. Salvador is one of those places that the longer you stay the more you come to ... read more
Surf Beach
Local color

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador November 10th 2011

Since, I have been in Brazil I have been annoyed at my lack of portuguese and my habit of speaking Japanese to the locals. So in an effort to rectify this and enhance my ability to mix with the Brazilians. Thus I decided to come up to Bahia where it is cheaper and spend the next two weeks studying portuguese. I study at the Escola Idioma. To my amazement the classes have been so fun and really the highlight of my days. I find it interesting to be a student and feel just what my students in Japan felt as I put them through their paces. It isn´t easy being in class where the instruction in a second language. However, portuguese is easier than japanese and I am doing better than I thought. The only downside ... read more
Praia na Chuva

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador November 3rd 2011

Last night was my first in Bahia. And even thoug I did nada, zilch it still felt dramatic. I had arrived in Salvador in what seemed to be a tropical storm. Our pilot was so unsettled by the plane´s approach that he pulled up sharply amd suddenly due to bad/no visability. Finally, we did manage to land land and I have to say there were many passengers who applauded in a strange mixture of praise and disbelief. After 8 days living in a hostel I decided to treat myselt to a little bit of soft luxury. So here I am at the Bahia Orton Hostel safely away from the experience of Argentinians who bruskly wake up for a 6am expedition, away from Dutch girls who turn on the light at 4am after a night of clubbing ... read more
Roiling waters
Wandering around the grounds.
Salvador coastline

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador September 29th 2011

Yesterday I arrived safely in Salvador, Brazil! So just a quick update on what's happening here: I'm staying in a chilled out hostel that serves (apparently great) breakfast - yay! I arrived into 25 degree weather in the evening - yay! I have a cold - not yay :( Oh and Salvador is HUGE. It took forever to arrive in the center by bus from the airport. So there must be a lot to see.... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador September 21st 2011

21.09.2011 Our first day in Brazil..arrived in Salvador, bags here, we are here, happy days..until no banc machine would work with our card..we tried about 8 different ones and with no cash to change we were a bit stuck.. fortunately we found another atm outside the airport which finally gave us our first 50 Brazilien Rais.. We decided to couchsurf for the first few days in Salvador, so we had to jump onto a local bus that took us to Cabca D'Agua, some suburb in salvador (pretty ghetto we found out later.. lol) the bus journey was an adventure of its own, 2.5 hours on a rampacked bus..and with rampacked I mean it was so full that people who couldnt fit in the bus anymore would hang on to the bus from the outside at full ... read more
ludemar, our host
ghetto life
Ludemar dresssing up Matt

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador September 12th 2011

Salvador is an amazing city! An interesting culture (99% black people) - big African influence- with rythmic music,good food and beautiful beaches! Unfortunately I got robbed, so not many fotos anymore...... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador July 20th 2011

Oppression of the Masses There has been torrential rain and the roads of ´Bairro da Paz´ are inaccessible. 70,000 inhabitants live in this ´district´, one of Salvador´s biggest. All are thrown into disarray. Children cannot get to school, their parents are forced to miss a day of work, jeopardising their child’s education and their employers´ trust. Everything is a struggle; the roads within the area are just formed of mud and thus prone to becoming little more than swamps flanked by houses during the rainy season. Little more than a kilometre away a bridge has fallen on the road ´Paulo Jackson´. This makes the journey for patrons of both the AABB sports club and the Spiritualist centre roughly ten minutes longer by car. The two receive approximately 500 members of the public per week who now ... read more

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