Salvador

Trip Start Sep 20, 2004
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Trip End Mar 30, 2005


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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Salvador

Got the ´Vomit Comet´ -- high speed boat from Morro de Sao Paolo to Salvador. Our trip out was a helluva lot smoother that the ride back, and my smugness about not being the slightest bit sea sick on the way out shut right the heck up! Many people were sick and those that weren´t spent the whole 2 hours and 14 minutes (not 1:45 like they say) looking intently at the horizon and practicing deep breathing techniques! There was on fella (jerk) who was happily drinking beer. I nearly threw him in.

Salvador is a beautiful, colorful, colonial city. We stayed near all of the action and naturally, (because it was party Tuesday?) we hit just right. The main square was filled with booths selling grilled meats and other booths selling booze in all of its forms. Lisa developed a strange growth of a little boy who wouldn´t stop begging for money. He pestered us for about 45 minutes...sad, funny, and mostly damn annoying. But he finally left (only to go figure out how to cuss in English)...and returned several times that night to tell us exactly what we could go do to ourselves! But by the end he was laughing so it was not as bad as it sounds!

After dinner, we went to see Olodum (http://www2.uol.com.br/olodum/)... the world famous Drum Band of Salvador. Amazing. Like Stomp, but with a heaving dancing and excited crowd. And they were 95% locals! And these folks can dance!!! About 20 guys and 10 girls were all lined up and were doing some kind of line dance. I made so rather snide remarks about the Macarena.

And then I got closer. First of all these fellas were huge! And in amazing shape (they all are here. gotta get to the gym). And they danced with a confidence and a happiness that was infectious. Really hypnotic. That along with the big drums made for quite a fun evening!

-B
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