06.10.2010 - 11.10.2010 26 °C
A little update...
Since Salvador we have had 2 stops. One in Illheus and one in Arraial D`adjuda. I have to honestly admit that the first week I was a in shock by all the poverty...I was expecting something like the goldcoast(australia), but then I i meet a runned down part of the country that is in so deep poverty that if they are lucky they have a 2*3 meter brick house that looks like its gonna fall apart any minute. From salvador to illheus which takes about 8 hours all I could see is these houses.....I didnt see one single house with a window that actually can be closed! When we get further south and closer to Arraial D`adjuda we start seeing less and less of the third world country we meet up north...which is a bit of a releave. I dont mind seeing it cause its a massive experience and eye opener...but just so extremely sad to face it everyday! Brazil actually has the 4th or 5th biggest economy....to see that they use so little of there money to help the poor just makes me so angry.
Anywho...I will fill u in on all the positive sides of Brazil. First off all its the food...we have just discovered a dream of a dessert. TAPIOCA!!! Its a pancake sort of thing that is made with this special flour(tapioca) that they fill with banana,coconut, cinnemon and condenst milk. Its absolutly fantastic! So every night at 8pm its tapioca-time!! And yesterday we discovered yet another Brazilian food tradition: chicken heart!! Grilled on a stick! I did`nt tast it but James did....not so good!
Here in Brazil every single women, no matter what age wear TINY bikinis....the ones that covers about 1% of your ass! What suprise me is that they do not care about how they`re ass looks, they wear them if they are 20, 40 or 90! All this naked skin has actually made me a little liberated and I now change my bikini top without covering myself up with a towel
My good friend Jessica from Melbourne once asked me if we translate english songs like for example Beyonce into Norwegian when we play them on the Norwegian radios. I smiled at the question but now I know differently. In Illheus James and I went to a beautiful beach 10 min out of the city called Million beach. Since its not summer yet we pretty much had the beach to our self. We went to a beach bar and ordered to Skol (Brazilian beer, which by the way is a dangerously easy beer to drink...as light as water!!!) We took 2 chairs down to the water...there we sat relaxed with our beers totally alone on this remote beach. Only the music from the bar and the waves from the ocean....than there comes a very familliar tone from the bar. I know I had heard it before and It takes a couple of seconds before I get what song it is....so far away from home, on a beach with my beer and my book I get to hear norwegian AHA-"hunting high and low"....in Portugese! Maybe we dont "dub" english songs in Norway, but they defenitly do in Brazil
After a week in Brazil we started to get a bit worried and was wondering where all the other backpackers were. We had`nt meet one yet! But things changed when we got to Arraial D`àdjuda and we checked in to this nice little hostel runned by a little family. We were hoping our luck had changed when we see a bikini and shorts hanging out of the next door window...but still they could again turn out to be another portugese speaking couple. This time it actually turned out to be a nice english couple..Becky and Steph. After a day or two the hostel was nearly full of australians, germans and englishmen. It is such a nice feeling to be among other travellers again
Our new friends Becky, Steph & Annie:
Arraial D`adjuda defenitly does`nt feel as dangerous as Salvador, actually it feels pretty safe...but one thing that might not be the safest in the long run is the lady in the square center selling drinks for 5 reais(15 kr = 1,5 pound). She has a street vendor filled with fruit and alcohol and a menu with 30 drinks to choose from....the drinks she makes is defenitly not a standard drink but more like a tripple drink where she adds at least 2 and a half shots! Very good value for the money...not so good for the head the next day!
The cheapest, most charming little "bar" :
Some pictures of beautiful Arraial D`adjuda:
So far this journey has been great inn all sort of ways and I hope it continues that way. I truly believe travelling is the greates education u can get
Well better get going. Off to take an 18 HOUR bus to Rio de Janeiro.....maybe I should drop by the center square for a take away tapioca & a 5 reais drink, it might make the ride a bit easier...??