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Aug 10, 2008 - Jericoacoara, Olinda, Salvador

So after all that action we decided to lay on the beach for a few days in Jericoacoara - one of brazil~s famed northeastern beaches. Its a beautiful little town with sandy streets, lots of atmosphere, and tasty restaurants - a great place to relax. Although strictly not so much lying on the beach without getting sand blown in your mouth - its also a mecca for wind and kite surfing. The most delicious thing here was cheese (haloumi like) on a stick melted over hot coals and sprinkled with oregano - mmm divine! Olinda was a very cute little...

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Aug 8, 2008 - Salvador...a Love/Hate Relationship...

August 8-10 One word to describe Salvador would have to be "Lively". Salvador (nickname: Bahia)is a colonial old town with a ton of gilded churches, brightly colored buildings, bobblestone streets and is the corner stone of Afro-Brazilian culture. Music, art, capoeira (a type of self defense developed by Brazilian slaves) and people crowd the streets as you walk through the famous Pelourinho, which is the heart of the city - which is where we stayed. However, aside from the attractions, the Pelourinho also has a very sketchy side to it....

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Jun 16, 2008 - Salvador de Bahia

Heute nacht hat es so richtig dolle geregnet, und es ist 10 Grad kaelter, so dass wir tatsaechlich eine lange Hose anziehen. Um 11 Uhr kommt unser Privatchauffeur, eigentlich ein Freund vom Hostel, und holt uns in seiner Taxe ab. Dummerweise haben wir vergessen, noch ein paar Bilder von unserem tollen Hostel zu machen, ich werd vielleicht welche aus dem Netz runterladen. In einem Affentempo gehts dann auf zum Flughafen, und da das Taxameter nach Zeit und nicht nach Kilometer laeuft, hat er sich sein Trinkgeld wirklich verdient. Wir sind...

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May 19, 2008 - Salvador

This was my last stop in Brazil apart from one day in Iguassu which was more Argentina to be honest. This is an amazing city, incredibly beautiful and full of life. As long as you don't mind being pickpocketed it is fine! I arrived and stayed in a right dodgy place the first night which ponged of musty stagnant water and my bedroom was with a transvestite. It is called Hostel Brazil in Barra in case you want to avoid it! But the next day stayed in a really nice hostel called Barra Guest house run by a guy from Manchester. He took us up to...

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May 6, 2008 - Salvador, Itacare, Rio and Florianoplis, Brazil

Ok, dad, I really tried to hate Brazil after the border patrol was less than kind to us, but then I went to Salvador. Beaches, african drums and crazy capoera dancing everywhere. A soon-to-be-professional-surfer/ drum-expert's dream! I was so sad to have to leave Salvador after only four days, but my spirits brightened considerably as we pulled into beautiful Itacare on the bus. The entire 10 hour trip was through Brazilian rainforest along the coast. I've never seen anything like it. We arrived late at night and went to bed quickly after...

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Feb 17, 2008 - Salvador, Brazil

2/17 – 2/18 Another day at sea brought us to Salvador, Brazil. Along with two other couples, we created our own city tour of the area. We took a shuttle bus to the upper city, a very attractive area with many old/restored buildings. We visited a number of beautiful cathedrals. We watched a procession of medical people involved in a ceremony celebrating the 200th anniversary of the medical school. The clothing they wore was probably the equivalent of our college’s graduation robes, they sure had some strange looking hats. Took the local...

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Feb 15, 2008 - Salvador. Bahia (two)

Still in Africa. Bruna, with a north London accent when speaking English, took us up north of Salvador to yet more beaches (.....yet more pictures of beaches following) where we supped on prawns (acaraje)and ate maracuja and acai and mamau and pineapple and water melon and bananas drank aceroa and guarana and COCA COLA. Got the picture!!

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Feb 11, 2008 - Salvador, Brazil

We arrived in Salvador, Brazil the morning of Tuesday, February 5. The moment we walked off the ship there were three women in large, white dresses who placed bracelets on everybody’s wrists in various colors which have the statement “Lembranca Do Senhor Do Bonfim Da Bahia”. I’m not sure of the exact translation but it has to do with having a good end in Bahia, Brazil. The bracelet is tied with three knots representing three wishes, and when it falls off your wishes are supposed to come true. I found out later that the original tradition...

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Feb 9, 2008 - Salvador Pelourino

ok we flew up to salvador for 2 weeks more of partying/ R&R after destroying ourselves in Rio for carnival. We stayed in the Pelihrino area of Salvador. Salvador used to the capital of Brazil when the Portugese first needed a major port so the area it self has alot of old buildings and heritage because the Portugese first founded Salvador in 1502. The Portugese brought african slaves to Salvador in 1502 and because of this Salvador is known as the african soul of Brazil, as well as having some of the best preserved african culture outside...

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Jan 22, 2008 - Salvador, Brazil

I SURVIVED 21 DAYS AT SEA!!!!!! And more importantly so did all the students and crew!!! Well, its kind of bittersweet doing this update as it is the end of my journey. It truely has been a journey not only physically but emotionally. You learn alot about yourself in 21 days of bobbing around in a huge body of water. We arrived in Salvador, Brazil on the 21st and took 9 hours to clear customs and the health inspection. Today the students are off to the beach for one last all-crew outing and then will return to the ship for a pizza supper....

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Oct 12, 2007 - Salvador, Brazil

We arrived in Brazil with no plans, no hotel, no flights, and quite honestly, no idea of what we were going to do except that we needed to find a beach. After months in the mountains of Ecuador, Columbia, Bolivia and Peru, we needed a change in scenery. Often during hikes, walking through markets, or sitting down for a bland meal, we would say to each other, "Boy, wasn't Thailand nice." Not to say, by any means, that we didn't thoroughly enjoy our time in those countries, but we just needed a little change of pace. We arrived into Sau...

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Aug 4, 2007 - Gone in 10 seconds

Thursday 02.08.07 The moment i stepped off the airport bus into the Cidade Alta of Salvador, i was being harrassed by a teenage beggar. I was on my way to the Pelourinho, the oldest standing part of Salvador - a small bairro (neighbourhood) of colonial buildings, and one of the few places safe for tourists. I shrugged him off, checking over my shoulder to ensure he wasn't following. It didn't matter. Soon i was being chased by another, determined to escort me to my new hostel (for a charge of course). As luck would have it, i bumped into a...

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