Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 5 of 9 › view all entries
February 21st, 2010 – by: manuel_s
There´s people who love Salvador and there´s people, like me, who don´t like it that much. The historic center is really nice, sloped cobble stone streets and lots of churches. I stayed in Galeria 13, a really sociable and nice hostel with a pool. Everybody chats with everybody and a hundred stories about travelling south america are exchanged over the house special, watermelon caipirinha. But it also felt sometimes like a little Disneyland behind gates, keeping the unpleasant things out.
We did some culture at the local theatre where there was a tribute to "Cartola", the samba composer who wrote lots of material for the Mangueira samba school.
The downside of Salvador is the constant begging and harassment by the poor and the crackheads. Despite the fact there´s almost a cop on every street corner. Having a bite at Zulu, the restaurant from the same owner as the hostel, a thin and scruffy looking guy did backflips on the sidewalk trying to get some money. I walked out of the hostel one day to find a guy smoking crack on the sidewalk. I like getting into the local thing and see how people go about their daily lives but I guess I found where the limit of that curiosity lies for me and it´s right there before that crack pipe.
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