Carnaval Baby!

Trip Start Jul 06, 2005
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Trip End Mar 10, 2006


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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Hello, hello all, so nice to see you again! Well, we´ve arrived in Salvador just in time for Carnaval and does NOT look like we´re going to be disappointed. Let me catch you up really quickly on what we´ve been up to on the way here first...

Getting into Form

Last real entry was from Olinda I guess, and tell ya what, that place went OFF that weekend. Thousands of people in the streets, pulsing drum beats permeating everything, so hard to capture it but just a mad, mad night. From there we moved on to Maceio, a city just littered with beautiful beaches. Not a whole lot to do other than the beaches...ok, NOTHING to do other than the beaches. S'alright though, I´ve further secured my Brazilian beach tan just in time to rub it in to all of you surviving a Canadian winter! Did find some unbelievable deserted stretches of beach - you could jog for kilometres without seeing a soul and the water was honestly as warm as a bath. Basically 4 days of detox (with a slight slip up on the last day...3 hours drinking on the side of the road while we played detective at a recent accident scene outside a supermarket (beer AND entertainment, what to do?).

Salvador

Salvador is a great city - beautiful old town and general city lay out, LOTS of soul, and you just breath culture walking around the place. We´ve been here four days and its been an all out party pretty much every one of them! Some highlights:

Olodum - A very well known local drum bloco, they just rocked the place to its foundations when we went and saw a rehearsal/party. Legs were killing after four hours of trying to keep up with there dance crew. Full on dance routines accompany each song, KINDA like line dancing, bet, well, much cooler ;-)

Itaparica - Went to the big island in the enormous bay that Salvador is famous for to check out some beach action. Found a pretty unspoiled section, played a little paddleball and had a great day with Roya, Si, Tyler, Lilian, and Naomi.

Just wandering! - Just an amazing place to wander aimlessly, have a drink here or there and follow one of the many incredibly talented drum troupes that are still wandering the streets practicing and warming up for Carnival.

Front door bar - So you see, we only have to walk about 2 metes from our hostel door to hit a cool little street bar scene where all the locals hang since its cheaper than the tourist bits. Good tunes, good food, good crowd, good time! Our hostel is smack in the cent re of the action and you can see and hear the blocos from our 3rd floor window.

All in all, couldn´t think of a better way to wind down the trip. Having an insane time, and would love to write more but dammit, its Carnaval out there! Talk to you all soon, and hope this finds everyone well. Besitos de Brazil,

--Shawn
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eryn
eryn on

Carnaval it up!!!
Hey Shawn! Sounds like quite the party down there!!! Totally jealous you get to be in the heart of Carnaval...one day I'll be one of the dancers in the parade, you mark my words! Keep havin' fun, and keep up the bloggin', they make my work day a little more fun!

:P Eryn

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