Salvador, Brazil

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Salvador, Brazil - The landscape of the coffee plantations in Brazil - State of Minas Gerais

Oh!!!  Salvador is SOOOO far away!!  But guess what?  We made it and things couldn’t have turned out better!!

Let me just tell you how everything fell into place . . . So, there we were dreading the journey because we had already gotten the impression that hitchhiking just didn’t work here in Brazil, and plus the distance we had to travel was so great . . . 1500 km from Rio de Janeiro!!!

We started out our journey as usual, getting as far away from the big city, in order to flag down a ride.  Everything ok, ‘til then because of course we dished out the bus fare to get to Muriaé ourselves!!  

Anyway, that’s where the fun part began . . . No luck with hitchhiking because nobody wanted to stop!!!!  We ended up having to camp out that night and think of another strategy for the following day .

Salvador, Brazil - Luciano, our new trucker friend
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The next day, we got up early, as usual, ready to face another long day.  And again no luck getting anyone to pull over for us.  We were beginning to accept the fact that it just wasn’t meant . . . And Arnaud was ready to head back to Rio, and prepared to leave the country altogether.  You should’ve seen him, not a happy camper at that moment!!!

But, as has been the case for us, throughout this trip, when one of us is feeling down, the other is there to boost us back up again!  And that’s what I had to do for mon chérie!!  

Before giving up, I suggested that we head to the next gas station up the road (≈ 2km away) because apparently, there we could find a trucker that may be heading to Salvador, itself. So, why not?!!  We gave it a try!

And good thing we did because we ended up securing a ride until Itabuna.

Salvador, Brazil - Le paysage de Bahia
 Well, it wasn’t as easy as it sounds.  When we first got to the gas station, we began asking around who was going to Salvador . . . Nobody!!  Everyone was going in the opposite direction, to São Paolo!!

So, with nothing else left to do but wait, that’s what we did!  And that’s when everything took a turn for the better.  This trucker, by the name of Luciano, drove up into the station to have his vehicle checked out before continuing on his way.

And so, lil’ ol’ me walked up to him and asked if he was heading in our direction.  Good news!!  He was going to the state of Bahia, where we needed to go, but . . . Bad news, he wasn’t going all the way to Salvador!  

Oh and another bit of bad news .

Salvador, Brazil - El Paisaje de Bahia
. . he claimed he couldn’t take us along with him. 

And for some reason, I stuck around and just chatted with him, in my broken Portuguese, a bit.  SMALL TALK!!!  How it breaks the ice!!!!!!!!  

I guess, he had a change of heart because as he was getting ready to head out, he hollers at Arnaud (who by the way, still was feeling discouraged) "Let’s go!" and that’s that!!  

We picked up our backpacks, shoved them into the huge gasoline pipes, he was transporting, and got ready for the LONG haul north!!

Luciano turned out to be an incredible person.  Funny because, at first, he gave off this feeling of being a bit cold . . . but after having spent 2 days with him, he was the complete opposite!  Such a warm, kind, and friendly person .

Salvador, Brazil - More from Bahia
. . we felt as though we were leaving behind a long-lost friend, when we had to part our own separate ways.

And again, brighter moments were still in store for us . . . Luciano was a generous soul, without a doubt; But our next encounter was like a dream come true!!

So there we were, still 300 km away from Salvador!!  Now what?!!  We wait!  :)  Well, the fact that we had the pleasure of meeting Luciano really lifted our spirits and got us believing that things would turn out for the best.  And they did, for sure!

We ended up catching a short ride to another station that was strategically better for us, and that’s where we met our savior, Domingo!!  Again it’s a funny story because if I’d gone by first impressions only, I would have never thought things would have turned out the way they did!

So, there we were waiting, as usual, and well got a sudden urge for the munchies, so decided to go to the mini-mart and grab a bag of chips.

Salvador, Brazil - Açaí, fruit de l´amazonie
 But wait, there was a truck that had just pulled in and was at the pump . . . And, I don’t know why, but I decided to walk up to this guy and give it a try.  What do I got to lose!!??  

So, I asked this gentleman, "Would you be heading to Salvador?" and he replied, in portuguese "blah blah blah . . ."  Which meant I didn’t understand a word he had said! haha!!  :)  Finally, I ended up understanding what had been said, and learned that he’d be going just close to Salvador.  Perfect!!  And so, I asked, "Could we catch a ride with you??"  And the answer was "No."

Ok so, what now???  Beg??  Plead???  Well, sort of!!!  :)  I gave off my puppy-dog eyes, and asked "Well, could you, at least, drive us up the road to the next gas station where it’ll be easier for us to catch a ride?"  And he agreed!!!  Yeah!!

And what began with a ride that was supposed to only be for about 6 km, turned into one that even resulted in a long-lasting friendship!!!

It’s truly an incredible occurrence that I’ll never forget.

Salvador, Brazil - Juanny & Luciano
  Brazilian hospitality, one of a kind, by far!!

So, this here fellow, Domingos, ended up driving us to our destination and even took it further and opened up his home to us.  Being that our friend wasn’t able to host us, this amazing individual, decided to take us into his humble abode.  And it’s history from there.

We were welcomed into his household, as if we had been friends for ages, no questions asked.

And his family, truly generous people, as well.  His sister, Vanda, and her hubby, Carlos . . . wonderful people!  I still can’t get over the hospitality and generosity shown by them.  Arnaud and I had always thought we were nice folks, but there’s no competition here!

In all, this pretty much sums up our experience in Salvador .

Salvador, Brazil - Avec notre nouvel ami, Domingos, à la Churrascaria
. . oh wait, forgot to mention a little about the city itself!!

Salvador is a lovely city, one that had strong ties with Africa, historically speaking.  Apparently, many of the slaves that were taken from Benin landed on the shores of Bahia.  And it’s definitely noticeable!  Arnaud and I, both, got the impression that the culture here is very similar to Beninese culture.  

As we strolled around the city centre, we saw the "baiana" women in their traditional clothing, all smiles and ready to take photos with the tourists . . . again, for a special price!!  Hey, nothing’s free!!

The historic centre is beautiful, a bit run-down, but it’s got character!!  And, of course, we hit the beaches of Salvador, as well.  All around us was one big party, with Brazilian music blasting, and people just having a good ol’ time with their friends!  Oh and the beer and cachaça, just flowing freely, all over the place!

Now these people know how to party!!  I don’t think we have eaten this much food in a while!!!  Just a little bit ago, Arnaud and I were fussing about not having eaten red meat .

Salvador, Brazil - Una buena caipirinha brasilera!!!
. . well, no complaints here!!  Just like the beer, the "churrasco" is everywhere!!!  Hmmm!  Yummy Brazilian Churrascarias!!  Hmm hmm good!  Still, can’t wait to try the meat in Argentina!!!

So, our time here has come to an end and now time to head on back to Rio for some more fun times!!!

I will never forget our time spent here and the folks we met . . . I intend to come back, no doubt!!!!

Rio/Salvador 2 villes séparées par 1500km. Un homme, Luciano, un routier qui nous a fait traverser pratiquement tout ce long trajet. Bon il a fallu tout de même 3 jours, à 50 km/h c’est long, sauf si vous êtes en excellente compagnie !!

Puis vient le tour d’un autre homme, Domingos, un mec qui n’avait rien demandé à personne en allant mettre un peu d’essence à la station.

Salvador, Brazil - Enfin, un repas complet!!!!!!

Et le voilà se faisant accoster par une petite Mexicaine avec son petit aire triste, svp Mr. vous pourriez nous avancer !! Juste un petit peu !! La suite vous pourriez l’imaginer, non !!

Je vais quand même vous la raconter. A la base il devait nous amener 6 km plus loin, dans une autre station mais il décida de nous amener un peu plus loin, à 5h de route, donc la plutôt sympa.

Nous, on voulait aller à Salvador, et lui il devait faire une livraison (oui, c’est un routier encore) à 30 km avant Salvador mais il en a été tout autrement, le camion est tombé en panne et il ne pouvait pas aller jusqu’à là-bas.

Salvador, Brazil - Ah! Ça c´est la vie!!

Il a fallu réfléchir à d’autres options. Et heureusement Domingos s’intéressait de plus en plus à notre histoire.

Nous avions un contact là-bas, mais on ne savait pas s’il était disponible pour nous recevoir. Il décida de l’appeler et bien sûr avec toute la chance qu'on a, cette fois elle n’était pas au rendez-vous !!

Donc ce Mr. nommé Domingos nous dit : si vous voulez, vous pouvez venir chez moi ? Et nous bien sûr que l’on a accepté.

Et nous voilà quelques heures plus tard dans sa maison.

Salvador, Brazil - Juanita & Vanda
Il nous explique qu'il vit avec la famille de sa sœur et qu'ils reviennent dans quelques jours, vous pouvez rester ici ! OK, pas de problèmes.

Et grâce à lui, on a eu droit de se reposer, après 5 mois de course, on le méritait bien !! 

Vu qu'il était vendredi, il nous propose de sortir manger à la churrascaria du coin, histoire de manger de la viande, pour moi ça faisait une paye que je n’avais pas mangée de la viande grillée !! C’était un régal.

Le lendemain, on était comme des invités, le déjeuner était prêt à notre réveil.

Salvador, Brazil - Brazilian BBQ
.. On a eu droit l’après midi à une visite guidé de la ville et le soir, une sortie avec ses amis. Et les Brésiliens, ils aiment la bière, ça c’est sur !!

Tout ce que je peux vous dire, c’est que Domingos est une des personnes la plus généreuse que j’ai pu rencontrer. Je veux dire, après simplement 2 jours, il nous donne la sensation d'être ses meilleurs amis, simple, sympa, entouré de bonnes personnes aussi sympa que lui. On était vraiment bien tombé. L'hospitalité Brésilienne est réputée et bien pour nous, c’est confirmé !

Et là je fais que parler de lui, quand sa sœur est arrivé de vacances, car ils y étaient depuis 1 mois, elle nous a accueilli comme sa propre famille, imaginez vous : vous partez en vacances pendant les vacances d’été, quand vous rentrez, en général, vous avez hâte de rentrer à la maison tranquille.

Salvador, Brazil - Arnaud, Domingos & Juanny
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Et  bien eux, quand ils sont rentrés et on vu nos sacs, 2 inconnus...etc. rien de plus que des sourires, des mots de bienvenu et faites comme chez vous, vous avez besoin de vous reposer, restez le temps que vous voulez, vous êtes nos invités...

Je n’arrive toujours pas à y croire, et tous les jours qu'il passait ici, c’est le même requiem.   

Bien sûr, on ne peut être à Salvador sans se baigner sur la cote : plus de 30km de plage à découvrir, et de plus la vieille ville toujours décorée par le carnaval fini depuis quelques jours.

Très agréable de s’y promener.

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