Salvador, yep it's still raining
Salvador da Bahia Travel Blog› entry 2 of 45 › view all entries
After a week in Rio I flew up to spend a week in Salvador and Prai do Forte, which is 2 hours up the coast from Salavdor. The first three days I based myself in the suburb of Barra as it was supposed to be a bit more chilled than staying in the old town due to the hassle you get from people there. Unfortunately the first three days un Salvador where somewhat like the first three in Rio - wet! I still managed to view the oldest lighthouse in South America, which is located in Barra, and visit some sights in the old town; the art deco elevator which runs between the old and new parts of the city, the market built in the old customs house which housed the slaves orginally and the churches of Sao Francisco and the Ordem Terceira de Sao Franciso. The former was incredibly ornate inside and is pretty much wall-to-wall gold leaf and the old LP says that its one of Brazil's most magnificent churches, the silver chandelier inside weighs a staggering 80kgs! Also there was a rather interesting statue of Sao Pedro da Alcantara that shows the figure looking a tad on the ill side, this is because both the artist who did the portrait as well as the saint himself both suffered from TB.
After sampling street food all day (I had read about a Bahian speciality called Acaraje) it then decided to come back to visit for all of Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning...nice and now I can't look at the damn things anymore. I hauled myseff out of bed to drag myself back into the old town to visit the Afro-Brazilian musuem charting the influence of the slave trade upon both Bahia and Brazil's history, the most amazing part of the musuem was the final exhibit; 27 huge wooden carved panels by Argentine-born artist Carybe, which depict the various orixas (deties of the Afro-Brazilian Candomble religion which I had learned about earlier on in the museum. It was pretty interesting and certaintly made me realise that there is significantly more to African history I had realised.
I also stopped by the travel agents and explored options of how to get to Praia do Forte and booked a Condomble ceremony for Saturday night (more on that later) and I went to check out another hostel in the old town as I had decided that I'd had enough of Barra and wanted to be where the action was for the weekend.
After a pretty lame night in the hostel due to still not feeling 100%, I had to turn down various offers to go out and slope off to bed, luckily the next day I woke feeling tip-top and packed up ready to head up the coast, the weather in Salvador was once more a monsoon but I was so fed up of Barra that I decided that it was better to at least be exploring somewhere new.