We were very lucky to stay with some friends in Natal in the north-east, who treated us to the whole Brazilian life-style: carnival, booze, amazing food, men dressed as women, stunning beaches and the biggest fake arse implants ever seen. They have their own "Carnatal" in December so we were very lucky to stumble across a huge street parade one evening. It was amusing to see various transvestites anonymously blending in but giving themselves away with their masculine dancing and bulges in the wrong places.
We then spent 5 nights in Praia de Pipa, a bohemian beach resort, for our last week of chilling out. We were able to swim with wild dolphins, 2-3 metres away from us, which was an amazing experience. One evening there was another street party where again the men took the opportunity to dress as women while the women dressed in all-body fishnet stockings. Unfortunately we missed the huge fight which was apparently started by women and finished by men dressed as women. After days spent swimming, enjoying some amazing food and generally taking it easy we returned to Natal for one last night with our friends. We were now down to our last week which was hard to believe.