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Salvador

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After 5 days in Salvador I have experienced more culture and "inntrykk" then I have done in my last 10 years...its already been such a big eye opener and I sit back with thousen thoughts about this country and the people that live here. I will try and get down some of it on "the paper"....

Well, the first big challange is that 99% of the people here speak portugese and portugese only...which have been fun, but also a tiny bit frustrating at times. Specially when your hungry and the menu is all in portugese and the only word u know is obrigada..thank u. U can almost compare it to gambling...should we really risk paying 30 riel on something we have no clue what is or should we take the cheapest option and then at least not throw our money away if we lose. The first night out we ended up picking a mix of dishes from the menu and it was not our lucky night....we ended up with 1 kg fried chees and fish eyes marinaded in not 1 but 2 kg garlic. Well, after our gourmet dinner we have discovered a traditional bahian dish called camareo something..its this tomato/curry/seafood pot and it tasts just fantastic....so since we have stopped gambling with food this has been our dinner for the last 4 days:)

The first three nights we staying in a little town...absolutly nothing to do except eating, swimming, sunbaking! It was extremely relaxing and such a nice feeling to get some tan. (even if our pale bodies didnt handle to much before it burned)...

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The last 2 days has been spent in actual Salvador city where we found a nice cozy pousada in the heart of Pelohrino. Even if I have travelled through different parts of the world I have to say when the bus dropped us off in Salvador city I looked over my shoulder more then once. The lower level is a dodgy, scary place where I dont think i would have lasted to long after 9pm...but a nice old man helped us up to the upper level(Pelohrino) through an elevator!
Pelorhino is the most charming little area with colourful streets, music, lots of culture and such a huge mix of people. But in Pelorhino i face my next big challange...children on the street! Its a hard thing to ignore....and u have to because there are millions of them. The view from our pousado is this:

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The gap between poor and rich is huge! When we drove in to Salvador all we could see was favelas. Its extremely hard to see all the children on the street barefoot, hungry, high on glue(or worse), begging for money...no hope. But yesterday I learned a lesson...I had ignored so many of the children but this one boy I couldnt ignore. He was collecting cans and ofcourse barefoot...so dirty clothes...and begged me for food. I told him I would get him some food and he took me to one of the street venders. He pickes out a roll(not so hungry any more) and a can of coke. I pay, and get way less change that i should. I get pissed...but what can i do. I say by to the boy....and i take 4 steps. And then...i get this little boys plan. I turn around and i see the vender-lady gives him money. He took me to a vender where he has a "deal"...the lady charge me way to much and the boy pickes up food that he 5 sec later will return to get the money + the money i got charged extra. My 10 riel then did`nt go to food but money to the boy so he could most likely get glue, or other stuff to get high on to survive the night.......

Salvador is so much more then just poverty....it is full of beauty. Not only in buildings, but also the men, women and children are gorgeous:)

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Thats it for now....its already midnight and the alarm is on for 6.30, so better get some sleep! Tomorrow we are off to Illehus south of Salvador!!
Adios for now...
-Tonje-

Posted by Oreo 18:35 Archived in Brazil

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Tonje! :-)
For någen fine ord heilt øverst på bloggen din.
Ord som hørres ut te å beskriva deg og dine tankar bra;) Så kjekt å lesa og se koss dåkk har det! Tenk, ein heilt aen verden, bare på någen få dagar.. Hørres ud som du har det heilt topp, sjøl om det må ver ein store utfordring å se adle som ikkje har det så bra.. Men du får igjen for å ver snille forstår eg.. - det e tanken som telle.. ;p Lykke te me turen videre, NYD livet og friheten, å nå må du kje glømma å broga solkrem! ENJOY! Knib fra Lena (så nettopp har bakt tri brett med kanel i svingane - ka gjer du meg for ei dreven husmor??) :o)

by Lenapena

Flott innlegg, Tonje.
Bildene minne ganske om Sør Afrika egentlig.
Eg tenke at det nok e litt av ein opplevelse å få så mange inntrykk samtidig som ein ligge å sole seg i hengekøyå :) Kos dåkk MASSE videre på turen!
Her skjer det ingenting spesielt, høstværet ruske utforbi dørene og julareklamen komme snart i posten. Norge i et nøttaskall. Masse hilsningar t deg og James- fra Sveio midt i leio.

by Ellinoooor

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