Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
65Trip End Jun 15, 2011
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We stayed at a great apartment for 10 days. By we I mean the 8 of us - Avi, Adam, Assaf, Oren, Yotam, Hadar, Reut (which were later replaced by Libbi and Tania) and myself. Not too expensive but definately not cheap. Not too close to the Carnaval street but not too far either...
The Carnaval in Salvador... A yearly event where there are close to 3 million people dancing in the streets. It's different from the Carnaval in Rio, for good and for bad.
First of all - Salvador doesn't have the show of the triumphant bands (the famous final show in Rio). Secondly, most of the carnaval revolves around huge trucks. These trucks are called "Trio electrico" and each one has a different artist on. Those trucks drive slowly on one of 3 different carnaval roads, The entire ride takes 4 hours.
Of course you can always do what we did and simply dance next to the trucks without paying anything... It's safer in the ropes, but who pays hundreds of Shekels just to dance in front of a truck for 4 hours???
There's another way to experience the carnaval and that is through being in one of the Camarotas. Camarotas are elevated stages that were build specifically for the carnaval. They are located on both sides of the roads in which the Trio electricos drive and they act as a bar/nightclub where you can dance, drink and eat while watching the street from up close. The cost of a decent Camarote is about 400Reals (about 800nis) for a night and it includes food and drinks. Once again - VERY expansive...
Other than that it's quite straight forward - millions of people dancing around, most of them are Brazilian. Hundreds of stands selling beer, dozens of stands selling food and lots and lots of pee on the streets. We actually called it the "Pipifest". Everybody peed on the pavement and there was a constant aroma of urine everywhere... There's also a lot of violence going on, despite the nasty cops that are roaming around armed with a tough bat and armor. Luckily we didn't experience violence first hand except for one small incident in which I was pickpocketed. I was walking next to a truck and it was incredibly crowded.
And that's how I lost the 2 Reals bill (about 4nis) that was in my pocket... Oh well :)
After the Carnaval the city was completely dead... We tried to go out but there was nothing to do... so off we go, after cleaning our shoes from all the pee - on to Itacare!