Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 24 of 35 › view all entries
We arrived in Salvador a bit worn out after a 38 hour bus trip to get there. It was 2 in the morning and we hoped that our hostel would remember our booking! We got a taxi into the "Pelorinho", i.e. the old touristic part of town where our place was. When we turned up, we managed to wake up the owner by banging on the door for about 15 mins. She took us to our "double" room, which turned out to be a dorm room, with some randowm guy sleeping in it. The poor guy was woken up and turfed out and we settled in for a few hours sleep.
A few hours was all we got as the door started knocking (owner getting us back for waking her up at 2) and some guy came into the room, picked up the TV and walked out. 5 mins later the door knocked again and some other random person came inside to pick up a cap and walked out.
They were setting up for the carnaval, which was amazing to see. The main drag along the ocean is converted into a long procession of nightclubs and bars by way of scafolding and temporary floors. The party here is meant to better that of Rio and although we missed it, we can fully imagine how.
Whilst we were in Salvador we took a tour of the islands around the city, went to the famous Bonfim church (where many miracles have been performed, mostly healing illnesses and injuries), went to a capoiera practise (Brazilian martial art type of dance, mostly done on handstand), watched a percussion band in the street for 45 amazing minutes and got kept awake by concerts in the main square for 2 nights!