Aug 15 2009

Salvador da Bahia

Monica

Perhaps a bit beyond the shoestring….

We were to bus to Salvador yesterday the 14th (a 25 hour ride) BUT when we arrived at the ticket counter 10 minutes prior to the bus actually leaving..they were full. So we found the internet cafe and booked an afternoon flight for that day. WORTH it!! Arrived before 8pm to a samba band playing in our hostel. The beat of the drums were enough to catch a second wind and head out to enjoy a warm Bahian night. I enjoyed a traditional Bahian meal of Moqueca which is a fish stew cooked in a clay pot with dende oil, coconut milk and spicy peppers….YUM!

We will be 8 days or so in Salvador with a trip planned to the true paradise of Morro De Sao Paulo. More stories and pics to follow.

Largo Do Pelourinho. Slaves were auctioned here

Largo Do Pelourinho. Slaves were auctioned here

Igreja da Ordem Terceira de Sao Francisco

Igreja da Ordem Terceira de Sao Francisco

A view over the ports of Salvador

A view over the ports of Salvador


Aug 6 2009

Brazil ….. continued.

Monica

It has been very hard to find time to blog the past two weeks and even this post will be brief.
We were in Rio for about 10 days seeing the sites, lounging on the beach, trekking, and really enjoying the night life and the music….oh the music. I think it runs through my veins now.
We are on an island about 2 hours out of Rio called Ilha Grande which many consider to have some of the best beaches in the world. There is a full moon tonight too and the light over the island is perfection….this is as good as it gets.
Brazil truly is the most beautiful place in the world and I’m so excited we have over a month to spend here. We will head to Bahia next and other beaches along the way.
I’ve posted just a few of the many pics taken over the past few days.

From the top of Sugar Loaf at sunset

From the top of Sugar Loaf at sunset

Carnaval rehearsal

Mangueira Samba School rehearsal party (til super late in the morning!)

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that's Copacabana beach there over the hill

Rio at sunset

Rio at sunset

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On a hike to Lopes Mendes. Ilha Grande

On a hike to Lopes Mendes. Ilha Grande

Yeah...we surf now

Yeah...we surf now. Lopes Mendes beach, rated by some as one of the top beaches in Brazil (and the world)

I love a full moon

I love a full moon

Boating to our surf spot. Dagny and Bodhi

Boating to our surf spot. Dagny and Bodhi

loco Moni

loco Moni