Sao Luis to Belem, and off on the Amazon

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Some of the hand made childrens toys at the Casa do Nhozinho museum in Sao Luis.

14 September:
Very boring day today, nothing is open in Sao Luis on a Sunday (apart from a few museums).  We visited one small museum in the old centre, the Casa do Nhozinho in Rua Portugal, which had a good collection of local fishing items, puppets from carnival and travelling puppet shows and even a huge collection of toys made from recycled materials.  The written information is all in Portuguese, but the items themselves are interesting anyway.  The only downside is that the guides follow you around like shadows and try to move you on quicker than you might like, but the museum is free so no great drama.  Otherwise, we spent the rest of the day sitting around in the hotel and the one cafe that was open having a drink and lunch before geting on the night bus.

Model boats in the Casa do Nhozinho.
  We were told today that the bus trip from Sao Luis to Belem is one of the most dangerous in Brazil as far as bus-jackings go, so not really looking forward to it!!

15 September:
By some miracle, the night bus got into Belem 2 hours early -at 5am!!  And we arrived perfectly safely as well, so all a bonus!  After a quick shower and rest, we went out for breakfast and to put in some laundry before heading off on the boat tomorrow.  The laundry did washing for R5 a kilo, which is great, but they wouldn´t do long sleeve shirts in the load - they wanted to charge R6 per shirt for that!  We took the shirts home, bought ourselves a small bucket thing, and washed them ourselves.  The bucket will be handy on the boat as well, so good value.

The fish and meat market, Belem.

Spent the rest of the day, after lunch, wandering around with a few of the group.  Walked down towards the river, through some market streets, and down to the old fish and meat market and fort.  Saw a couple of nice old churches, but because it´s Monday, we couldn´t go in anywher - everything in Brasil is closed on Monday!  Went out to dinner with almost all of the group tonight, had a delicious all you can eat BBQ meal - desserts included too, so very nice.  Have ended up cancelling our jungle trip from Manaus because our boat is now arriving in Manaus a day later, and won´t leave enough time to do what we want to do plus go to the jungle.  Oh well, been to jungle before.

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Some of the hand made childrens to…
Some of the hand made childrens t…
Model boats in the Casa do Nhozinh…
Model boats in the Casa do Nhozin…
The fish and meat market, Belem.
The fish and meat market, Belem.
Interior of the old municipal mark…
Interior of the old municipal mar…
The fishing harbour (and vulture!)…
The fishing harbour (and vulture!…
Kangaroos in Belem - who´d have t…
Kangaroos in Belem - who´d have …
View of the old fish/meat market f…
View of the old fish/meat market …
Cannon overlooking the Amazon stra…
Cannon overlooking the Amazon str…
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