Rio de Janeiro to Salvdor - Day 40

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
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Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Monday, February 16, 2009

The first thing I noticed when approaching Rio was the obvious poverty on the outskirts of the city. Considering Brazil has the 8th largest economy in the world it's a shame that people have to live like in this poverty when a large percentage of the wealth is divided amongst a privileged few. I saw the famous Favelahs with ramshackle homes strewn along the hillside with tons of multi-coloured litter scattered like confetti. It reminded me of the slums I've seen in the big cities of east Africa but Brazil is financially and economically a first world nation.
 
Arrived at Rio's main bus station at 10am after another night on the road. This night was not as comfortable as the last. Did get some sleep but it was pretty sporadic. In Rio I luckily found a seat on a bus to Salvador, I purchased the third to last ticket. My epic journey is going very well so far, I'm going to arrive in Salvador two days earlier than expected. Better to arrive early than late I suppose but I'll now have to arrange a couple of extra nights in a hostel. The bus journey to Salvador is a whopping 27 hours. Will arrive sometime tomorrow afternoon. Due to arriving early in Salvador I'll be staying in the city for 10 days now. The carnival doesn't officially start until the 19th of February but I've been told the entire month is one huge party. I'm going to be a physical and mental wreck after 10 days of carnival!! I've been warned by many people about the crime in Salvador. I'm honestly expecting to get mugged at some point during my stay. I'll not carry anything of value around the city  except for a little bit of cash separated in different pockets. I can't take my camera, which is a real shame but it's just not worth it. 

After leaving Rio the bus meandered along some windy roads through some beautiful mountainous countryside. The mountains covered in lush Atlantic rainforest. I just starred out of the window for hours until the sunset admiring the scenery. Buses are definitely a great way to see the country, it's just a shame you can't stop when you want too and enjoy the landscapes and take a few shots.

Only one more uncomfortable and restless night on a bus then I have the pleasure of sleeping in a bed again, now that's definitely something to look forward too!!
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