Bye-bye Rio, hello Salvador

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Noel & Melissa enjoying a cooling coconut on Copacabana beach.

25 August:
Didn´t do so much today, updated the travbuddy and then left our Hotel Atlantico at noon to move to the Hote Angrense, about a 10 minute walk away, and slightly closer to the actual beach at Copacabana.  Went for a walk aong the beach with HJ and her new room-mate, Susanne, and had a cold coconut along the way.  Had lunch at the per kilo place from our first stay in Rio, then had a siest!  Had our first group meeting tonight, and then all went to a BBQ buffet restaurant for dinner.  After dinner, stopped at a nearby cafe and enjoyed an açai with our leader, Jose - this is a local drink made out of a fruit from the north.  It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and is often mixed up with granola, fruits and so on.

the golden arches are everywhere, copacabana beach!
  Very nice.

26 August:
Another day of mostly travel.  Flight to Salvador was very good, all on time and given some yummy food from the regional celebrations - our meal was from the north-east, and was a sort of cured meat with mashed root pie, followed by a very delicious dessert of doce de leite and coconut - most impressive!  The hotel here is very nice, has a pool and is right across the street from the historic centre, so safe with lots of police around.  The manager said don´t go out between 10.30 and 11pm because that´s when the police guard changes, so if there´s going to be any trouble, it will be then!!  After settling in, we walked over to the centre for a quick look around, followed by a refreshing beer at a street cafe.

Church in Salvador where we saw part of a service mixing Catholocism and candomble (sort of). The church was built for and by slaves.
  There are lots of tourist tat shops, but some are actually selling some nice stuff!  There are also hordes of street vendors, but most are not too agressive and leave you along if you just say ´no thanks´and keep walking.  Tried a local snack, acaraje, today - it´s a fried ball made of ground black-eyed peas, then filled with a selection of sauces, pickled veggies and cooked shrimps.  Delicious!  Sat in on an Afro/Catholic mass for a little while, then had dinner at a restaurant on the Terreiro de Jesus where we tried another local dish called ´moqueca´ (at least Melissa tried it, because it´s fish, Noel had to steer clear).  Tonight we walked back to the historic centre for a free concert on the steps of an old church, had a band playing all night and everyone was dancing and singing.  Most enjoyable.

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Noel & Melissa enjoying a cooling …
Noel & Melissa enjoying a cooling…
the golden arches are everywhere, …
the golden arches are everywhere,…
Church in Salvador where we saw pa…
Church in Salvador where we saw p…
Interior of the slave church.
Interior of the slave church.
Drum shop in Salvador.
Drum shop in Salvador.
Historic centre of Salvador at nig…
Historic centre of Salvador at ni…
The lady who made our acaraje - th…
The lady who made our acaraje - t…
Free night entertainment in the hi…
Free night entertainment in the h…