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Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 64 of 134 › view all entries
February 10th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
After a rather large night with Maggie, I managed to negotiate my way to Rio airport, find my flight and discover i was sat in-front of annoying child 1. Arrive in Sao Paulo, still drunk. Managed to negotiate my way to my flight once again to find annoying child 2 behind me. I arrive in Salvador rather broken and tired but glad to find my hostel is a gorgeous little boutique place with a balcony, friendly staff and a comfy bed. Rest at last.
The rest of the week wasn't like that.
I joined forces with some friends i met in Patagonia as Raila and the girls were a day behind me and we decided to get ourselves sorted. We picked two blocos, one on each of the main circuits following Brasilian sound systems and artists including Tomate and Timbalada who are legendary carnival acts, and one camarote. What follows is a tale involving many fruit caprioskas, blisters and dancing. There are so many stories and tales but unfortunately not many photos as it's not safe enough to take a camera out with you.
Between The Antarctic 6 feat. Mel and Raila, Justin, Eva and Sophie we had such a great few days and i managed to drag my tired body out to dance every day. Each circuit has its own merits and I was happy to get a chance to look at all aspects of Carnaval. The Odina circuit is the glitzy tourist circuit where we spent most of our time along with the other gringos. The Campo Grande circuit is pretty much purely Brasilian, you see no other white people on the streets or in the blocos so we were quite a novelty on our day circuyit there. The camarote was also a great experience as you could watch the fun from above and get a great birdseye view of the festvities whilst being served cocktails and champagne.
Highlights include following Bob Sinclair and Chiclete Com Banana as popcorn and of course the nights we had our own shirts and were part of blocos. The atmosphere here swept you up in it's franticness and you couldn't help but dance and smile along to the music, even when you were exhausted. Despite the stories and warnings i was fortunate not to experience any kind of trouble and we always felt safe which made the experience all the better. The locals were in the main really friendly and happy to see us and taught us dance moves, explained some of the acts and warned us when the crazy running tracks came on. I might be a little bruised and battered but i loved every second of the last week. Sing along if you know the words/ Do dah dah, do do do dah dah. Revalation, revelation, revala tion tion tion. Carnaval 2010 .... legendary!
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