Cross Cultural Conversations
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 23 of 35 › view all entries
November 3rd, 2006 – by: worldcitizen
Our group of four that night represented four decades and two countries. We exchanged life stories and had really interesting conversations over a few caipirinhas. As an American, I envy the ability of people from other countries to take so much time off of work to travel. Julie was in her 30s and from Scotland and her company let her take three months off- six weeks to volunteer and then another six just to travel around South America. Kathy was from the east coast and in her 40s. She had a lot to say about employees she had hired of my generation and what appears to be our inability to stay in one place. I bet more vacation time could change that! She did say that she admired the opportunities that we had that weren't available when she was our age. And she thought it was cool that we had the chance to volunteer abroad and have other great experiences while we were young. Bunny (a nickname) was in her 50s and was originally from Ireland but living in England. She actually lived in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s and had a lot of great stories about that. It was good to take a short break from going out in large groups and the crazy Brazilian nightlife- it was definitely one of the coolest nights I had.
Other long weekend events included dinner at Sato, a sushi restaurant over looking the beach in the Porto da Barra neighborhood and a reggae club in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood. It was pretty much what I had done the weekend before and I was slipping into a routine- if only I had more time to continue my routine! My roommate Romy and I decided to check out the Museu Carlos Costa Pinto. I had walked by it several times without knowing it was a museum. It's a mansion that's been converted into a museum and it gives a great glimpse into what life was like during Salvador's colonial days. There are rooms set up and decorated the way they would have been in colonial times and jewelry, art and other artifacts on display. The museum and the property are really nice so they hold a lot of events there. They were setting up for a fun looking event as we were leaving. We contemplated hanging around and crashing it but we decided we didn't have on the right attire to pull it off!
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