The Beginning of My Last Week
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 25 of 35 › view all entries
November 6th, 2006 – by: worldcitizen
The weather was getting hotter and everyone was getting ready for the holiday season. It didn't seem like there were any major holidays in October or November so preparation for Christmas started early. The center of the mall and several store fronts were decorated with Chistmas displays complete with Santa Clause and reindeers and fake snow. There is something odd about seeing such displays in a place that's so hot during the holiday season. A few weeks before, my teacher had asked me to draw a picture of Santa Clause so the kids could color it in. What I came up with was pretty bad but she liked it. I think most American kids would've stuck with red and green but the kids in my class used all different colors and made the drawing look even crazier.
My already ever present need to live life to the fullest was heightened during my last week and I spent a lot of time around town, taking in sunsets and the scenery. Though I had walked past the Farol da Barra lighthouse several times, I never realized there was a nautical museum inside it. So one day I went in and visited the Museu Nautico da Bahia. It wasn't the most impressive museum, but it had good information about the history and "discovery" of Bahia and how the different races and ethnicities (and the unabashed mixing of them) have shaped Bahia into what it is today. There are also great views of the bay from the lighthouse.
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