When I arrived on friday I checked in at the hostel, Media Veronica Hostel. Then I quickly went out to have some dinner, because I was reeaaally hungry. I got tips about ”Dona Branca”, an all you can eat-buffét for 10 reales. The whole buffet was organic and vegetarian, delicious stuff! Then apart you order your meat och your fish, so it was perfect for me as a vegetarian! And the Mango-juice I had was the best I’ve ever had!!
Later I met up with Iralice and Lazaro, went to an italian restaurant and I tried the carpifrutas (like a carpirinha but of fruit if i understood it right). Mango aswell. :)
Then we went down to the main street. Wow. So much people everywhere! And the music was SOO loud. There were like 3 bars just besides each other who were competing about who had the highest music. Haha. We went into a place where they had a nice Samba concert, and I ran into the Spanish couple, they are so fun :) I met some of Iralice nand Lazaros friends there too.
Praia de Pipa is one of Brazil’s most famous beach towns. Pipa is located in Rio Grande do Norte, south of Natal. People from all over brazil and the world comes here to visit and then become residents. It’s very cosmopolitan and international. To me it felt a little bit too much touristic this night, like the typical charter-town.. :/ People were so over-produced here, having heels and lot of make up… not really that relaxed.. :/
Next day a car picked me up at the hostel and drove me to Praia do Madeiro where I had a surf lesson. I hanged out with an Argentinian couple. The husband and I were the only ones in the class, and it costed 40 reais for an almost private surf lesson PLUS free use of the surf board for the rest of the day! And the pickup too. Great deal compared to the 80 reales I paid in Florianopolis for a surf lesson together with 12 other people only. Big like!
The cool thing about the beaches here in Pipa, specially the Praia do Golfinhos, is that there are wild dolphins here! Swimming and playing around you in the water. :) I was a little unfortunate that during my stay there were quite many waves, then the dolphins don’t go so close to the shore. But the day before, the spanish couple told me they were everywhere around them in the water! Oh… wish I could have lived that! But still, I saw dolphins every day, just that I wasn’t able to touch them..
At night I was invited for dinner to Pousada Cabalho Marino, which is Lazaros Pousada (that he owns). He loves cooking and invites his friends over for dinner a couple of times a week, so sweet! :) To bad I don’t eat fish or meat, but the veggie options were really good too. It was all international haha, the only brazilian there was Iralice, the rest were very well-traveled travelers. Paul from New Zealand had been out of his country since he was 23! And I don’t know how old he is now, but I would guess around 45-50 maybe? He has been living here in Pipa for 7 years.. And Lazaro had been out for 12 years and living in Pipa for 4 years.. A danish girl and a dutch guy also 4-5 years..and so on!
After dinner we went to the principal road again and had some drinks, went to another Samba concert and then a Rock gig. :)
Next day I walked from Praia do Pipa to Praia do Golfinhos, where I run into the Argentinian couple again. Then we decided to go surfing again and walked to Praia do Madeiro. All and all it was about an hour walk :) When there is a low tide you can walk between the beaches, if not you have to take the road above the beach, but it’s not as fun :) This time we surfed ourselves without a teacher, costed 15 reales to use the board as much as we wanted. Reeeally difficult to read the waves. Also I noticed I didn’t enjoy it as much because it’s a lot of ”rodding” with the arms and not so much surfing. I think I actually prefer windsurf :)
After sunset I walked around and visited some stores and then I had dinner at Donna Brancas again. And I ate so much!!! The whole plate, because if you waste food, you have to pay extra 3 reales. And I was so so so full, but I had to eat my plate. Delicious.. but later my stomach hurt and I could move at all.. haha. Fell asleep in my hostel. I’m glad that I’m alone in my room :) It’s a dorm with 5 beds, and the first day there were two girls there, but they left early morning next day and since then I’ve been alone the whole time, almost like a private room but I only pay 25 reales for it :)
On monday I tried a new beach that Iralice told me was her favorite, it’s in the south side of Pipa, called Praia do Amor, the love beach. And it was beautiful! I think this is the one I liked the most. It was fewer people there and the hang out is nicer, and the water seems more turquoise then the others :)
At the evening I walked around on the streets, bought a little souvenir from a nice art shop and then I had dinner at a new place, called ”Cook”, which has quite many vegetarian dishes. I had a pie with salad, and it was the greatest pie crust I’ve ever had, integral and perfect texture, really don’t know how they managed that. :)
At night I had a 3 hours and 15 minutes long skype-talk with Duilio! Haha. Nice to hang out a little :)
Now I’m sitting here in the hostel the last hour before heading to the bus station…. I’m not so sad about leaving Pipa.. It’s a nice place, it’s cheap here, the beaches are good, the food is good, people are friendly, you can surf and relax here… but to me, it’s not as charming as Floripa or Jeri.
Time for Recife!