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September 27th 2008
Published: September 28th 2008
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It has now been 10 days since we left. A short summary of our experience since our last article.

End of Salvador, Bahia:

We attended the religious candomble ceremony which is a local mix of Christian and African traditions (from Angola and Nigeria). This ceremony is held in honor of divinities called Orushas. The attendees walk, dance and sing in circle for 2 hours trying to reach the "trance" state. The music is performed with percussions only and its rythm increases throughout the ceremony.
Of course, we had to go through an unforgettable (and unexpectable indeed) experience: suddenly one of the participants reached the trance state, his body started shaking till he fell down straight on our feet! He stopped moving and his body was rigid. After few minutes on our feet (we try to control ourselves for not laughing as the ceremony was quite serious altough we thought about kicking him away from us), the man was carried away wrapped in a white sheet. The ceremony was over for him: too much candomble music can hurt! We do not recommend its practice as it seems to be dangerous for one's health...


Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte:

We then left Salvador for Pipa. It was a long trip: 20 hours by bus! This small village (3000 people) is located on the North east cost, 80 km south of Natal. It is famous for surfing (obviously not the reason why we went there) and its beautiful beaches. Each time you meet someone in the street or on the beach, one word always comes back "Tranquilo". This word could summarize their life. So we have been trying hard to adapt and we can now say that we somehow succeeded. So we just took it "Tranquilo"(take it easy), anyway no other choices! We spent one night with "Barata", a brazilian guy who well symbolises this spirit. As we quite enjoyed our time with him, we decided to make an appointment on the beach (or in the street, we were not sure about the exact translation) the next day between 10 and 11am (time is also tranquilo here...) to go to another beach. So we wandered around the next day... in vain. We had lost Barata and found him only 2 days later. Still tranquilo Barata !

Despite this kind of misunderstandings, our portuguese improves every day as we meet many local people and avoid English as much as possible. Another good lesson we learnt is that five caipirhinas are enough to make you feel good at night, and make your head sore the day after! Practising is the best way to learn...
A few comments about Pipa: water was too warm (28 degrees all year long), the sun too strong (sun burnt a little bit despite Lancome UV protection... probably not enough!) and the sand too white. In fact, the biggest problem about standing in the sand is that when a wave comes, you start losing your balance as your feet get buried into it.
The pictures will be more talkative than any blabla! Hopefully you will read that at work so you will be fully focused...


Jericoacoara, Ceara. Aka "Jeri" by cool people:

We arrived there yesterday. This village is in the middle of sand dunes and far from everything. Streets are made of sand! Its lifestyle is almost the same as Pipa. But there is one difference: nightlife.
It starts at 6pm when the sun goes down. 1 or 2 caipirinha for the apero, then dinner and sleeping time. But this is just a nap as people wake up at 2am to go out and party on the beach on the beats of reggae tone and foro (local music to be discovered and commented later). Once again, we can say we adapted very easily. We went out around 3am after a quick nap (4hours)... we finished up the night on a sand dune around 9am after a really fun night with brazilians where we could dress up as local Indians and Matrix characters. You can imagine the pictures. We will try our best to get them as we did not bring our cameras last night.

More to come in the next article...



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Tranquilos after 7 caipirinhas...Tranquilos after 7 caipirinhas...
Tranquilos after 7 caipirinhas...

We could not find our way back to our hostel. So we decided to have a break on the sidewalk in Pipa


28th September 2008

La capoeira
salut les gars, que de bonnes news !!! j'adore votre style trés capoeirseque, on sent l'envie et la determination ;) Continuez à nous faire vivre l'aventure avec vous, mais au risque que tout le monde débarque en amérique A plus
28th September 2008

Une souplesse accrue?
je constate une grande souplesse (recente) au niveau du jeu de jambes.... Conclusion, la caipihrina fait lever la patte haut mais perdre le sens des directions de la guest house! J'en prends note. La bise xxx
28th September 2008

caipihrina
A part la caipihrina qui ne vous montre pas à votre avantage.... Les commentaires et votre récit restent très prenants et nous donnent l'envie de vous rejoindre. Alors quand vous aurez retrouvé le chemin de la CASA .....!!!!! Take care!!
28th September 2008

Quelle souplesse
Je prends note que la souplesse ne fait pas partie de vos défauts... Lors de votre retour si vous ne savez pas quoi faire..... Y aura surement des idées à innover. La bise. Belles photos!!!!
28th September 2008

Jeri !
La Belleza irmaõ !!!! Tudo bom ?Big up à vous les mecs...Que de souvenirs, j'ilmagine que vous êtes aussi montés sur LA dune de Jeri pour admirer le coucher de soleil...Je sais pas quel itineraire vous allez prendre mais je vous recommande le trip en buggy vers le nord... et ne manquer pas le parc de Lençois de Maranhes...et tous les autres endroits magiques du Braziou !!! Putain ça me donne envie d'acheter des billets d'avion !!! Valeo les mecs et éclatez vous bien !!! Yo
28th September 2008

wow... !
... on dirait des vrais capoeirmen ... ou presque ... quelle classe ! :) par contre ca fait peur vos histoires de cérémonie religieuse où les gens rentrent en transe, tombent et se font ramasser dans un drap blanc... heureusement que vous n'avez pas éclaté de rire! les boules sinon... bon et il est où le commentaire sur le foro? Je sais plus lire ou il est pour la prochaine fois? merci le teasing! des bises messieurs! c'est bien cool votre blog! et les photos sont top!
29th September 2008

wesh
Hey Tim, tu te la donnes en surf!!!! je t'attends en Mars avec ta planche (a rebarder). bises bro! O+<
29th September 2008

Pic
C'est bon de voir vos têtes... même lorsque vous êtes drôlement éméchés! Enjoy.
29th September 2008

Quels athletes!
Vous etes assez fantastiques en tant que capoeiristes avertis! Roger tu detiens toujours ton eternel style "jambe chewing gum", et Timo a jamais la souplesse! La bise.
29th September 2008

En direct du salon!!
Yo les minots!! Super le blog, photos digne d'un reporter national geographic (Tim et son reflex la classe). Un vrai plaisir de suivre vos aventures mais pas assez de sexe a mon gout lololol. Ca fait plaiz de voir que tout va bien et que la vie est belle quand on prend le temps de savourer! Et sinon y a du pastis la bas? Bon Tim nous manques salopard, en plus on a pas arrose ton depart a base de caipirinhas (au moins 10), j'espere tu revoir bientot minot!!!! A + Biz PS : la ganache de Tranquilo a la fenetre, mdr, j'adore!
1st October 2008

Arfff....
Il ne manque plus que le son pour avoir l'impression d'y etre....encore!! Bisous
2nd October 2008

barding will never die !
Salut minot, Enorme tes premiers pas en Amerique Latine, je me regale deja a lire vos aventures ! Prenez soin de vous mais pas trop .. et surtout que le bardage soit avec vous ! :) Founet
2nd October 2008

Pense tres fort à toi et surtout t'envie bisous
2nd October 2008

jealous
Je suis trop jalouse. porte toi bien mon cher. je suis sortie avec Annabelle hier question de se dire aurevoir comme a la bourgeoise... la bise mon cheri Aline
2nd October 2008

Oh mon couzzzz, vous avez l'air de bien vous éclater au pays du "joga bonito". Ce petit blog, c'est vraiment caler pour suivre l'évolution de votre aventure, en plus sa m'aide 'to improve my english" ... Bref c'est tout bénéf. Alors une grosse bise venu tout droit de Bretagne !!! On ce voit en Australie l'année prochaine ... hopefully !!! Prend soin de toi cousin, et surtout continu de bien te la regaler !! A bientot
5th October 2008

Bonjour les dégâts Tim pour les effets de la caipirinha, James tient mieux le coup, ou du moins donne-t-il mieux le change !!
9th November 2008

hi
quelle aventure! Moi j'ai chaussé mes pantoufles et je rêve d'aventure. Et vous en pleine aventure, avez-vous la nostalgie de vos pantoufles? Vu les photos j'en doute Bisous

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