11 Dec 2007

Leaving Salvador

Posted by walterheck

Today I’m leaving the safe and comfortable place that Luiz has given me for the past few days. Tonight I will go out in Pelourinho, the touristy area in Salvador. I will be guided by cool surfer Muriel. She has been living in that area for three months so se apparently knows what goes on everywhere.

What have I been doing the past few days? Luiz has driven me around the city to show me the different neighbourhoods and explain a lot of things about this city and Brazilian culture as well. He took me shopping, something we both hate (although no girlfriends this time, so no dog-like following and nodding 😉 ), he took me for some native food, very good.

Luiz’s arm turned out to be broken, very sad and unfortunate!

On sunday night I went with Protasio and Muriel to a big free concert somewhere in Salvador. It was great! I love live music and since Bahians love to party they go completely crazy! Since the concert was free it attracted a lot of poor people from the favela’s, but being with locals i didn’t feel unsafe for a moment. This concert was a very good experience: Bahian people are very nice and becoming friends is easy (when you speak portuguese that is 😉 ). Example: we were talking to some people we had met for maybe 10 minutes when we were invited to a birthday party next week. Luiz later told me that this is very typical for Bahians. In the city he comes from (Belo Horizonte) this is not common at all.

We also talked and became friends with one of the people trying to sell beer. We bought some beers from her but Protasio found it too warm, so we decided to buy beer somewhere else. In holland this would be an instant end of a “friendship”, but here the woman explained that she tried to buy ice to keep the beer cold, but she couldn’t get any. Now she was trying to sell beers anyway but didn’t blame us at all for buying ours somwhere else. Tough life, but she had a big smile on her face all night long. I admire that!

After the concert we went to eat pizza near Protasio’s house. The pizza was amazing! I think it was maybe the best pizza I ever had!

Tomorrow I will go to a place called Morro de Sao Paolo (http://www.morrodesaopaulo.com.br/, jealousy alert!) to spend some days there after which I will probably go hiking in Chiapada Diamantina for a few days. Who knows…

It might be a while before I have internet access again, so don’t worry (especially you, mom! 😉 )

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4 Responses to “Leaving Salvador”

  1. Je kent me toch?

     

    Ineke

  2. “Luiz’s arm turned out to be broken, very sad and unfortunate!”

    Okay…a rather odd remark, especially since it has its own paragraph and as far as I could see not any reference as to how he might have possibly conjured up this injury. Care to elaborate or he is simply the worst wanker in the world? :-)

     

    Paul

  3. Maybe Luiz’s broken arm has something to do with this disappearing glass thing. Man that was confusing….

     

    Ruud

  4. Besides, I thought Luiz was an ATM, how can he have a broken arm?

     

    Ruud

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