Salvador , Bahia (hippie state)
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Wed 7th March - Salvador.
We had a late flight into Salvador to then discover... our hotel transfer did not turn up?!? (im getting used to the slow or lack of service that happens in S.A.) When we finally do arrive at our hotel via taxi (at 2am) staying at Barra Beach, the Hotel lacky does not speak any english and cannot seem to find the correct key that will lock our room door. Too tired, we dont bother with a key and go straigt to sleep. (this just sets the standard for the rest of our time in Bahia i guess! no stress! todu bien!)
Thursday 8th - Barra Beach, Salvador.
We sleep in late (naturally) and later go for a walk down the esplanade of Barra. Salvador seems to have more of a hippie-feel than a city like Rio, with a large Afro-Brasilian population.
Friday 9th - Pelourinho, Salvador.
We change accomodation to a cheaper Hostel in the busy area of Pelourinho. Although the cab does not takes us all the way up to our street and dumps us at the start of the district (of cobblestone streets) and insists he doesn´t go any further... what ever. Leaving us no other option, we hike through the streets, over hills, with our gear, getting hassled and feeling a bit vulnerable, we finally make it sweating our pants off, finding our room to not be that great (ie. the bed is a hard board over extra wood slats) and there is a taxi-rank right out the front of our accom (bloody S.A. taxi drivers).
In the afternoon, we have a look at the Afro-Brasilian Museum.
Tonight we get no sleep and have a slight case of Bahia belly...arggg. The bruises from sleeping on the bed take a few days to settle down.
Sat 10th - Pelourinho
We spend the day at Barra, just chillin at the beach watching a school practice their capoiera, even the little kids who are joining in are much better than i could ever be with years of practice. Later we are not feeling very cultural and go to one of the large shopping centres to watch Ghost Rider movie (in english) with lots of pop-corn and ice-cream, i kind of miss this.
Sun 11th - Pelourinho
We check out more of the Pelourinho area.
Mon 12th - Pelourinho
Tonight we see a Candomble Ceremony - the Afro-Brasilian religious ceremony.
There are about 10 of us going to go watch, and as we enter the house of the ceremony, im unsure whether to stand, kneel, or just walk out, as we clearly do not belong here. Anyway, the priest and everyone else does not seem to mind... After a long time of preying to the gods and watching everyone dressed in white, circle around the room again and again, and more preying, one woman flops down on the ground and start squeeling and moving around like a worm... she has become `posessed´.
After some more time goes by, they smoke more cigars and more women become posessed making various noises and movements, its all a little bit intense and foreign i guess.