So I arrived in Fortaleza on tuesday night. The trip went fine, no problems at all. From the airport a took a taxi to the adress Magda, my host in Fortaleza, had given me. Funny, the taxi driver started to drive but had no idea of where it was, we stopped three times to ask for directions… in the end I just looked at google maps and said it myself haha.
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, in the north east of Brazil. It has about 2,5 million of people here and is the 5th largest city in Brazil.
Magda lives in a big house together with her parents and her sisters two daughters. But the house is connected to two other houses on each side, on the left side her brother and his two sons lives and on the right side her super cute grandmother. But there’s always people around!! I met cousins, aunts, cousins kids, boyfriends and friends etc.
And the portuguese was almost impossible to understand, their family speak a whole other dialect! I felt a little uncomfortable because I didn’t know where to go or what to do really, also they told me that it is quite dangerous here, people often get robbed. that I shouldn’t show my phone on the street or in the metros, have it on mute and be careful etc. :/
At night I had some fruit salad, took a shower, and then I heard a lot of people. I went out and it was Magdas younger sisters 17 year old daughter and her boyfriend, plus his brother and their two friends, all having late dinner at the house, haha. They are all involved in the church there around the corner. I laughed a lot with all of them and had a fun night, and I enjoyed Fortaleza some more.
It is really hot here, it’s a typical tropical climate. We slept with two big fans in our face!
Next day I went into town together with Magda because she had a job interview at a Hotel in Beira Mar. So I went down to the beach and had breakfast, did some bracelets and enjoyed myself. It’s like an oasis to get here, were you can breath. Also the cars stop for you at the crossing here, the only place in Fortaleza where they do!
When Magda was ready she helped me to buy a ticket to Jericoacoara for next day, and then we wan into one of her friends on the street. Very sweet too. People here are nice! I’m surprised they live here in Fortaleza, because it’s not a good vibe in the city.. I felt uncomfortable… but in the end of the day I enjoyed it more too, I think you have to get used to the kind of rythm here.
I walked around the city center by myself, passed by the Central Market, and WOW, that was impressive!! Huge hall with three floors and filled with stores!! And so so cheap things, and beautiful too!!! I actually bought two dresses, I didn’t bring much money because I hadn’t planned on shopping… still it was very cheap, one of them costed 25 reales (10 USD) and the other 50 reales (20 USD)! And they are beautiful…. exactly my style! Hehe.
Then I passed by the cathedral, not so beautiful. Then I went to the museum of Ceara, funny thing, I sort of knew where it was because I had made a map, but people kept pointing me to different directions, so I think I wandered around about 20 minutes before finally finding it! It was free but not too interesting for me, mostly old clothes, money etc. :)
I was really hungry so I had lunch at restaurant Peking that Magda said she liked. Half japanese brazilian buffet thing, but you pay per 100 grams. Fresh good food and nice juices, costed me total of 15 reales (6,5 USD).
Then I walked down to the main square, Praca do Ferreira. It’s surrounded by stores, cinemas and a lot of people hang there. Quite a nice square.
One thing I noticed here are that everyone has really fancy motorbikes, and that everyone wears helmet! First place in the whole south america where I’ve seen that actually. Good!
Then I walked towards the Praca Jose Alancar, and I passed by a street filled with hundreds of different stands and shops. So much stuff, also so cheap!! But I felt a little stressed with so much of everything. I bought a really good chocolate milkshake and then I sat down in the Praca Jose Alancar for a couple of hours just watching people. I also went to the theatre, and then I took the bus back home to Magda.
I took a siesta, made some bracelets, talked a little with her family (her father like to gossip about the tv-things, haha, such a character) and Magda prepared a really good veggie dinner for me (and for the other 12 people hanging around the house).
Over all, a nice experience, but not my favorite city at all. To stressful, to crowded and unorganized.