Beautiful Salvador and some Capoeira

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
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Trip End May 15, 2008


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Saturday, May 3, 2008

So after a week in Rio, my liver had it and i needed to leave. Sheez, my last night out was with 3 native japanese dudes from Tokyo and we didnt stop partying until sunrise. its pretty bad when you step out of the club and the sun is rising. Plus, i needed to catch my flight out to Salvador that same morning, so rather than taking a 1 minute nap, i decided to go to the airport without any rest.
i started to feel pretty crappy on the way to the airport and ended up passing out at the airport in Rio. I was so scared that i would have slept through my flight at the terminal because the clocks within the rio airport are not right. one clock was an hour off. anyways, luckily the lady started yelling in portugese for the flights and my brain had a half a brain cell to say, "Get your ass up!!". I made it!
Upon arrival to Salvador, i was still drunk and needed to make my way to the guest house, where i passed out for a few hours. For the night, i reunited with 2 fellow travellers from Florianopolis, and went to a Folkloire dance show. It turned out to have 5 different types of dances including the Samba and Capoiera. The Capoeira was everyones favorite part and they just did a bunch of kicks and backflips througout the show. Everyone had incredible athletic ability and could jump through the roof. I think, they could have backflipped over me. I wouldnt want to challenge these guys to a game of basketball. If i could backflip like these guys, i would probably not want to walk again. i would just backflip everywhere.
Another cultural side of Salvador is that it is 70 percent african ethnicity. It is in Salvador which was the center of the slave trade here and slaves were actually brought and sold here in the Pelourihno (which means whipping post in Portugese). The pelourihno is the most cultural part of Salvador and has a various array of architecture and open plazas. I consider this the most beautiful of the Brazilian cities because its historical richness and lack of modern appeal. I really felt like i was in an old city that hadnt been washed from the beginning. It was untouched.
The Salvadorian people here are very nice and couldnt be more helpful with directions and recommendations. Sometimes, the beggers and people in the pelourihno are a little annoying because they want your money. It was at times hard to enjoy the place because people were constantly bothering you to get your coins. Another downer to Salvador its shady side and there is some danger here with walking in the night. One particular story, which is consider a freak accident was with a lad from england that was staying at our hostel. This guy was threatened at gunpoint just a few streets from our hostel. They ended up taking his watch, but he refused to give them his wallet. He ended telling them to fuck themselves and they fired a round at or around him. It didnt hit, but he said it sounded like a blank. Still, if i had a gun pointed at my face, i probably would have shit my pants and happily handed the money over. I guess, sometimes its just being unlucky and this kind of thing could happen in any major city. its just that no one has ever told me a story like that one. zoiks.
Well, after enjoying these past few days of Salvadorian culture and musical fusion, im going to get my last bit of Brazilian surf. im heading to the surf town of Itacare, which main influences are surfing, reggae, and ecotourism. Sounds like my kind of people. =)
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