Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Jan 22, 2011 - Road Scholar Music Makers

Road Scholar Music Makers To welcome new members into our group, Valerie hosts a Welcome Party which was held last night. A few of the ship’s officers attend and we have champagne/soft drinks and canapés and get to know each other better. On the last trip Valerie always managed to pass out little gifts that were fun and unique to the area we visited: animal bookmarks in Kenya, good luck pieces for Chinese New Year, chop sticks in Hong Kong. Last night was no exception. Everyone got a nose whistle. It takes special skill to master the...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


South America

Jan 21, 2011 - Salvador

Friday, January 21, 2011 Discovery would be in Salvador for only a half day which meant an early 7:30 am start to see as much as possible before we sail for Rio de Janeiro at noon. Many large ships were visible as we arrived in Salvador. An African woman in a traditional costume was handing out colored ribbons to tie on our wrists. We would find out from our guide Simone that each color represents a different African god or goddess. We need to make three wishes for the three knots that tied the ribbons to our wrists. When the ribbon breaks,...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


South America

Jul 4, 2010 - The great decision to head north .....

Everything was looking promising, Brazil had just won and we were hit by a wall of heat when we stepped off the plane at Salvador airport. There were a few drops of rain on the bus journey to the hostel, but nothing too alarming. Upon arrival we were greeted by a full hostel in party mood after the game, and also an upgrade to a private room .... so far so good. Or so we thought. Those few drops turned into a constant torrent of torrential rain for the next four days, we were not happy ..... Despite the rain we tried to be positive and...

Jump to full entry

Jun 3, 2010 - Salvador

June 3rd Up early (4,15!!!) for 5,20 bus to Rio (4,5 hours), then plane to Salvador June 4th Decided to make the most of some decent sunshine (finally) and conserve cash for our last stop so had a pool day. June 5th Tour of the city, taking in all the major sights

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Sabbatical No 2

Feb 2, 2010 - Salvador, Brasil

We arrived in Salvador, another city on the coast. This one is famous for having African culture and a very beautiful old city. We found a hostel in a quiet neighbourhood, and started exploring. We started by taking a bus to the lower downtown, where you can take an elevator to the upper city. (Salvador is built on a bluff by the ocean). The upper city is typical Portuguese style with colourful fronts and tiles, and cobblestone streets. It is extremely touristy with tons of people walking around, lots of hostels and hotels. There are...

Jump to full entry

Dec 29, 2009 - Bahia!

It is day two in Salvador, or Bahia as it is called by locals and a reference to the state of which it is the largest city. The culture here is thumping, more so than in any other city we have visited yet. The combined African-Brazilian heritages of slaves and Portuguese colonialists is energetic, raucous, colorful. We have seen it where we are staying in Pelorinho, the historic center of the city and one of just a few UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, and in the markets away from the tourist center where I smelled some of the...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Amy J. in South A.

Dec 1, 2009 - Praia do camping

Comme expliqué dans le post précédent, nous avons décidé de fuir la furie citadine, pour Praia do Forte. En achetant les billets de bus, nous rencontrons une Brésilienne, avec qui nous discutons. Nous lui faisons part de notre projet de camper, elle s´étonne et nous dit "Interesante!" Ceci ne nous rassure pas, et nous nous demandons même si le camping existe. On peut rappeler que nous avons un guide de voyage datant de 2000 (merci quand même Jacques et Dominique!) L´espoir et la détermination nous ont permis de trouver ce camping, qui...

Jump to full entry

Nov 30, 2009 - Salvador, mais pas la nuit

Salvador da Bahia est une ville difficile a appréhender. Premiere impression de nuit, après 26 heures passées dans le bus: nous sommes blancs, nous sommes touristes, nous sommes européens. Le bus de ville qui devait nous déposer dans le centre fait un détour. Maxime comprend que c´est parce qu´il y a un événement musical dans Salvador. En effet, aujourd´hui c´est dimanche, soir où les Bahianais font la fête. Nous avons vraiment l´impression de ne pas être les bienvenus, et surtout de représenter la richesse européenne. Salvador est une...

Jump to full entry

Mar 21, 2009 - Yes We Have No Baianas

Salvador was one of the ports I was most excited about so I signed up for an all day tour. We spent about an hour and a half walking around the old town. The biggest focus was on the Portuguese churches. It was interesting for me to see how the African dieties were changed into Christian ones. Many people in the state of Baihia practice Candomble a religion similar to Vodou or Santeria. They enter trances where they become possesed by the spirits. After the walking tour we had a lunch of traditional Baian specialties. I stuck to the feijoda...

Jump to full entry

Feb 12, 2009 - Salvador, Brazil

Salvador is Portuguese with a hint of African. It was Brazil's main seaport during the active slave trading era (16th and 17th centuries). After the slaves were freed, Salvador became home to a unique African population located in South America. 80% of the population of Salvador is direct descendants of African slaves making for a very unusual visitor experience. Our favorite was one of the churches. It was very ornate with cherubs everywhere one turned. And these were the ugliest cherubs ever. Turns out that the slaves were used to build...

Jump to full entry

Dec 5, 2008 - Le Brézil à deux

Bonjour les amis! I have had a very wonderful surprise recently: my marvoulousse friend Mélanie, who I used to share a room with in Dublin, has decided to leave Paris for a few weeks and come experience the trooper life first hand in Brazil. We met up in Belo Horizonte last week and we've been having a ball ever since! From Belo Horizonte, we went to nearby Ouro Prêto, which is a tiny old mining town surounded by mountains. This is the first city I see in Brazil with such a strong Portuguese influence; red shingled roofs, tiled walls, and...

Jump to full entry

Sep 14, 2008 - Brazil

We left Brazil last night and are now headed across the Atlantic toward Africa. We sail for seven days before arriving in Namibia. Starting tonight we lose an hour every night for the next five nights. It’s a grey day and we are sailing into a storm. I had a good time in Brazil and I was glad that we were in the Bahía region, which is the most African region of Brazil. I learned a lot about the Candomblé religion which comes from the Yoruba people of Africa and was brought over during the slave trade. It’s very similar to Santería in Cuba...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  6  -- Next