Some R&R at last
Trip Start Nov 23, 2009
37Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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Where I stayed
Pousada Alto Mar
We stayed in Ajuda for about 4 days, and pretty much just went to the beach or chilled out at the hostel enjoying the shade (having sun burnt ourselves a little!).
Key highlights for me from here are as follows:-
* The exceptionally warm sea - I was literally gobsmacked by this; going for a dip was not quite as refreshing as it should have been, but nonetheless still lovely. I think Kris would have enjoyed the sea and beach more if there was a little less seaweed around
* Fresh Fruit Cocktails - down one side of the main square in Ajuda, was a cute little line of cocktail stands all making tasty, fresh to order drinks. My favourite was Coco Loco - a very sweet, condensed milk based rum and coconut drink.... it was divine!
* Getting stranded on a remote beach - One afternoon Kris and I, and a few girls from our dorm room decided to go for a walk along the beach to a nearby village called Trancoso. The hostel owner assured us that it was a maximum two hour walk down the coast; so we set off late afternoon with the intention of catching a bus back in the evening. 3 hours later, after passing some incredibly beautiful stretches of beach, an odd ´´compound´´ hotel and one or two beach shacks, we were still no where near reaching Trancoso, the tide was coming in and it was rapidly getting dark! Rather belatedly we decided to turn around, then soon began to realise that there was absolutely no chance of us getting back before it got dark, or crossing the two rivers that were ankle deep on the way out, but now waist deep due to high tide (doh!).
We decided to play the ´´girl in need´´ card and approach the one hotel we found along the beach. We pleadingly asked if they would let us in to the hotel so that we could call a taxi to pick us up; but the hotel guards refused, telling us we´d have to walk back!
By now, getting home was starting to take on the makings of a real adventure....
A little further up the beach, after one river crossing (there was still some day light!) we came across an interesting looking reggae bar (basically a beach shack) and were greated half way down the beach by the rasterfarian bar tender. Perhaps our knight in shining armour??
We queried with him our options of getting home, and basically reconfirmed that there was no way we can walk it! The only other option was to get a taxi, which he kindly called for us using his personal mobile; following a short exchange we were informed the taxi was on its way. Que una sorpresa... he suggested we have a drink in his bar whilst we wait :) After 40 minutes or so of waiting, we were beginning to worry - it was now very dark and the potential seriousness of our predicament was sinking in; made worse, typically by me when I recounted to the group a movie I had seen which involved lost backpackers in Brazil being drugged and having their organs removed....yeay me, we were now well and truly freaked! The rasterfarian reassured us that a taxi was en-route but he must have sensed our discomfort or something as he started to hand out random musical object such as a chime (with rusty scissors to ding it!) a sort of drum and rattles etc It was turning in to a very random picture...
Thankfully a taxi man did finally arrived at the bar, and escorted us back down the dark beach to his car (which was scary in itself). One very bumpy, squished journey later, we were safely back in Ajuda with all our body organs intact - Phew!!!