Leaving Salvador and Heading to Rio
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 29 of 35 › view all entries
November 11th, 2006 – by: worldcitizen
I got back to the house soaking wet and and I tried to call my mom at the hotel. I asked the guy working there about meu amiga Alice (I refered to my mom as my friend to simplify things) and he was so confused. After a few minutes of going back and forth he said, "OH! Ah-lee-see! She go with my friend on a tour!" He didn't understand the English way of saying Alice, he read her name like it was Brazilian Portuguese. He had arranged for my mom to go on a tour around the city with a guide.
After I figured out where she was, I began the daunting task of packing. I had a bunch of things to leave behind and get rid of, but many more things that I had acquired. My berimbau didn't fit in my suitcase.
Salvador had welcomed me with sunshine and it rained nonstop as I left. The weather definitely corresponded with my mood. No one should ever be upset to go to Rio, but I was so sad to leave Salvador. It was truly a life changing six weeks and I felt such a connection with Bahia. So when I saw how long the lines were at the airport, I wouldn't have been too upset if we missed our flight. But our flight was delayed (which seems to be typical with TAM Airlines) so we ended up waiting at the airport for a couple hours. They wouldn't let me take my berimbau as a carry on so I had to check it and hope that it would still be in one piece once we got to Rio.
When we arrived in Rio we got our luggage from the baggage claim and then had to go to a different area to get my berimbau. When I found it, it was broken. The guy working smiled at me and told me to follow him. He led me to a room with tons of unclaimed luggage. There were several shelves of berimbaus that had been left behind. He looked through all of them with me and helped me find a bow that was the closest size and color to my broken instrument. When I left, there were a bunch of other people coming into the room holding broken berimbaus who were also in need of new parts!
Outside, we got a taxi to take us to our hotel. It was dark so we couldn't tell what was around us. After a bit of drive, we saw a mountain in the distance, set aglow with lights. It was our first glimpse of Pao de Acucar! We finally arrived at our hotel in Copacabana. We decided we should do the basic sightseeing on the first day so we arranged with the concierge/receptionist to do a day long tour of Rio the next day. Our room wasn't fabulous but it was large and had a view of Copacabana. It was so weird to have so much space and a TV with cable. We had an early and long day ahead of us so we went straight to bed!
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