Last stop: Paraty. It has everything!

When I arrived in Paraty I called my host Esteban which apparently was downtown close to the Rodoviaria (bus station) so I met him up there. He was sitting at a Turkish restaurant called Istanbul with his lovely daughter Luna, a cute and super happy baby. Another two from the collective works at this restaurant, Marcelo and Akki.

I met another girl there who also lived temporarily in the collective plus Anahi, Estbans girlfriend and Lunas mother. She is also from Barcelona :) So nice people. I also ran into Tracy that I was sharing dorm with in Ihla Grande, so we decided to meet at Istanbul tomorrow for some sightseeing together! Yeah, there is no internet or even cellphone reception at the collective so it was really a lucky coincidence that we could decide everything now :)

After a few hours at Istanbul it was time to take the van to their house, or better said, houses, that are just by the waterfalls in Penha, They have one house where the ones in the community lives and another for couchsurfers. :)

I went to the couchsurfing house called “Refugio Do Sonho” (Refuge of dreams) and left my stuff there and met Chico who lives there plus couchsurfer Marlene and Marion. Then I went up to the other house, “Oasis Mundo”. The house is supercool and colorful.  When they moved in they said “let’s not buy any furniture, but make it ourselves!” and so they have. Almost everything built-in the house is of recycled materials like fruitboxes. This together with a mix of imported fabrics from India makes it really cozy. They have a little store  where they sells things from India too. I bought a really nice skirt. :)

A part of the store in their house. :)

A part of the store in their house. :)

We had a delicious dinner that Khan, the chef from the restaurant Istanbul, prepared for us. We had some hookah and homemade tea and talked for hours about education, dreams, believes, travels. A nice mix of people from everywhere.  Khan has been living here for 7 years now, has a Brazilian daughter of 3 together with a german girl. Cool :)

After dinner

After dinner with Anahi and Akki from Spain, Esteban from Argentina and Khan from Turkia

The town of Paraty is located on the Bay of Ilha Grande, which is dotted with many tropical islands. Rising up as high as 1,300 meters behind the town are tropical forests, mountains, and waterfalls. It is the southernmost and westernmost city in Rio de Janeiro state.

From the house you hear the waterfalls loudly. At first I didn’t notice because it was raining outside, but when they told me it was the waterfalls – then wow. Amazing. This neighborhood, Pena, is on the country side, where the jungle meets the mountains. The famous gold trail passes by right through here. It’s where the slaves carried gold from the state Minas Gerais to Paraty for exportion to Portugal in the 18th and 19th century.

Next day supposed to take the 9.20 van to town but another guy from the community, Eduardo and actually Brazilian, was going downtown so I joined him. I met up with Tracy and we walked towards the historical town. It looked cloudy but then the sun really started to shine and we were happy about that.

No cars or trucks are allowed in this part of town, the historical district, only foot traffic or bicycles. Horses is a very common sight in Paraty and are frequently used all around the city.

We walked towards the peer and looked at the boats…

The church

The church

Have to be careful when you walk on the streets!! Haha.

Have to be careful when you walk on the streets!! Haha.

Very common to see horses here

Very common sight

Really like this picture. There is so much going on!

Really like this picture. There is so much going on!

Haha

Haha… that girl just realized she was going to be in the picture! Hahaha..

And since Paraty is famous for it’s  islands (and the waterfalls) we decided to go on one boat for 20 reales that stopped in 4 different places.

It was a reeally nice ride. We were so happy about the nice weather, it had been raining the last 3-4 days. We bought a few beers and sat and listened to the live music onboard (yeah!), had some free fruit and coffee, and when we stopped, we jumped in the water and got to the beaches. I really enjoy Tracys company, it was a long time ago that I laughed so much in someones company. She is superfun.

Down the peer. Colorful boats (but this ones are more expensive, a guy tried to sell us a private boat ride for 120 reales... hmmmm... haha)

Down the peer. Colorful boats (but this ones are more expensive, a guy tried to sell us a private boat ride for 120 reales… hmmmm… haha)

Me and Tracy happy with our beers at the boat :)

Me and Tracy happy with our beers at the boat :)

The historical center from the boat

The historical center from the boat

At the boat we were both looking at the guide that was talking in Portuguese in the microphone., he was sitting behind us so our heads where fully turned to him. Then one guy sitting in front of us pokes me and points to the other side of the boat. There was a man, showing the safety procedures of the life vest. Hahaha. We had both been looking at the guide and trying to understand so hard what he was saying when he apparently just was giving the instrucitons that this other man was showing, and that everybody else was looking at. Yes, we were the only non-brazlians on the boat… Oh, I laughed until I cried haha.

I really like her way of thinking too. For example, she is very afraid of water, but still, she is like “I will jump from the boat. Yes. I AM going to jump!” even if she is terrified, she does it with a little scream and afterwards a big and excited smile. :) Tough girl!

Tracy jumping in with her spaguetti!

Tracy jumping in with her spaguetti!

Only Brazilians on the boat!

Only Brazilians on the boat!

 

Haha!

Haha!

This is life!

This is life!

Tracys pic of us! :)

Tracys pic of us! :)

 

Feeling happy!

Feeling happy!

We were both so happy that we had our bikinis under our clothes, because we really had not planned on going to something like this! We had no towels or sun factor or anything, which resulted in a tomato-red Tracy in the end of the day, haha.

We got back to Paraty around 16 and it was all cloudy there. We walked around the historical center. Paraty has maintained many of its historic buildings. Much of the architecture of the city has not changed for 250 years or more.

It reminds me so much of south of spain with the white houses and cobblestoned streets.  There are plenty of nice boutiques and handy craft stands. ‘

Love the balloons!! Got a little one :) But I want it like this in my home!

Love the balloons!! Got a little one :) But I want it like this in my home!

The hisotircal town

The hisotircal town

Hehe. Yes. Tracy took a picture too...

Hehe. Yes. Tracy took a picture too…

Canoe on the river in Paraty, out to the bay...

Canoe on the river in Paraty, out to the bay…

The river in Paraty

The river in Paraty

We ran into Marcelo, Marta and Marion from the collective there and they recommended a place called Quile Verde for lunch… greeeeat food! I had a eggplant with parmesan cheese, rice and french-fries… it was delicious. We shared a beer and literally sat down there and talked for hours before saying farewell.

And by the way, so many crabs!!! Just like that. And they are so weird, they only have one hand! Haha.

Dinner

Lunch/Dinner at Quile Verde.

Such a ugly crab!

Such a ugly crab! With one hand!

Got back home with the 21 van, met Marlene on it, one of the couchsurfers in the community. At home we and Chico and Marion sat down at “our” kitchen and had some fresh pineapple-juice and home-made bread with butter and talked for a while. So nice to just hang out with interesting people!

Next day we woke up and guess what – there was sunshine again! I finally managed to dry my towel and bathing clothes I got with me from Ihla Grande. We had to move out from the house because some previous owners needed it for the weekend or something like that.

The garden where they plant a little bit of everyhing

The garden where they plant a little bit of everyhing

The view from the house

The view from the house

The kitchen and livingroom. Look at the furniture!! love it!

The kitchen and livingroom. Look at the furniture!! love it!

Marion, Luna and Anahi

Marion, Luna and Anahi

Luna!

Luna!

Nice!!

Nice!!

We left our stuff at Oasis Mundo and hanged a little bit there before heading to the waterfalls. There is one just outside the door, but there are many more and bigger just a few minutes walk, like Cachoeira de Tobogao. Marcelo, Marion and me went there and looked at people sliding down the waterfalls. We didn’t dare to do it, since it was Saturday there were a lot of other locals there watching, haha. We sat there for a while talking and watching people, hehe.

The bridge over the waterfalls

The bridge over the waterfalls

Walking to the waterfalls

Walking to the waterfalls

Sliding down the waterfall Cachoeira de Tobogao!

Sliding down the waterfall Cachoeira de Tobogao!

Heeey! haha. Looks like Marion is holding a stick in her hand!

Heeey! haha. Looks like Marion is holding a stick in her hand but it’s just the bridge! Haha

When we got back to the house Esteban and Anahi were going downtown with their van, so we went there. I had a delicious falafel at Istanbul (Marcelo made it for me :) and then me and Marion went to a internet café and then for a walk around the historical center.

In the van :)

In the van :)

On the streets in the historical center

On the streets in the historical center

Horse in the end of the alley :)

Horse in the end of the alley :)

The sugarcane thingy

Making sugarcane-juice!

Finally had my first sugarcane-drink! It is superpopular here, and it was really good! Should have tasted it before! haha

Finally had my first sugarcane-drink! It is superpopular here, and it was really good! Should have tasted it before! haha

We went home in the afternoon, had a shower and tasted different brazilians beers we bought in the supermarket earlier. Since it was my last Saturday I really wanted to go out in the center, the only problem is the transport, last bus leaves at 21.40 and first bus comes back about 6 in the morning… And when you live in a collective and there are a lot of nice people around , it’s easy to stay at home too haha. We were about 10-15 people there and we had carpirinhas and dinner together and stayed up talking until late.  Really nice evening anyhow!

Zé preparing carpirinhas while Marion is baking bread! Hehe

Zé preparing carpirinhas while Marion is baking bread! Hehe

Carpirinhas!

Carpirinhas!

Always people and movement :)

Always people and movement :)

Next day I was leaving at night. I had no plans for the day what so ever, just to visit a market in the evening. It turned out to be a nice sunny day too, and Eduardo asked if I wanted to join to the beach in Trindade with him and Marion. Perfect!

We walked through some trails and beaches until we got to some natural rock formations and pools there. At first we climbed up at a rock, we had to pass by the water to get there and we had water up to our chest and got all soaking wet haha, but it dried in a few minutes on the rock.. yes, it got to hot  there when the sun was bursting, so later we went down to the water and the shadow for some swim and feeding the fishes, hehe.  I would never have found that place if I wasn’t with a local, so cool with couchsurfing.

Walking throug the beaches on our way there

Walking throug the beaches on our way there

Hello on my LAST DAY OF SUN!!!

Hello on my LAST DAY OF SUN!!!  And look at the amazing forest behind!!!

Looks magical! Like a whale or something!

Looks magical! Like a whale or something!

View from the stone

View from the stone

Haha. So fun with group pictures when you don't know if you are going to fit in the picture or not! Hahaha

Haha. So fun with group pictures when you don’t know if you are going to fit in the picture or not! Hahaha

Feeding the fishes!

Feeding the fishes!

Marions pic of us looking at the fishes, haha!

Marions pic of us looking at the fishes, haha!

What?? I had no idea that this was inside the snailhouses on the rocks!! Haha. I thought it was snails!

What?? I had no idea that this was inside the snailhouses on the rocks!! Haha. I thought it was snails!

On our way back we stopped by Eduardos boat which he is fixing for future scuba dives. So cool. We had a coffee there and relaxed and then it was time to head back home for a shower, and to pack my backpack for the last time.

At Eduardos future scuba-boat! So nice!

At Eduardos future scuba-boat!

Sunset at the marina

Sunset at the marina

The adorable kid Miguel, he looks like Mowgli!

Ah, Miguel doing a funny face ;) He is adorable!  Reminds me of Mowgli!

Since my bus was leaving at 23.30, we had a few hours in town. We ate at Istanbul agan and then we visited a second hand market, nothing cool left haha. We walked around the historical center. So much live music and people hanging out on the streets everywhere. Really cool. I will miss this so much!!! We grabbed a beer and sat outside a bar with a local forron band.

Second hand market

Second hand market

The streets in the historical center, a sunday afternoon. Love!!

The streets in the historical center, a sunday afternoon. Love!!

The band that played Forron

The band that played Forron

The last minutes in Paraty before taking the night bus. We asked this other girl if she could take a picture of us, but she wanted to be in it. Haha. :)

The last minutes in Paraty before taking the night bus. We asked this other girl if she could take a picture of us, but she wanted to be in it. Haha. :)

Wow. This has truly been an amazing journey.

And it could not have ended better.

In a great city with great company.

Byyyyeeeee!!!!!

Annonser

Christ the redeemer, Beaches and Hang gliding

On Tuesday morning Kike took me to a park there in Santa Teresa, Parque das ruinas. Santa Teresa is the name of the neighborhood we are living in, and it’s located on a top of a hill. In the park there is a viewpoint there with a view over almost the whole city. Really cool.

View over the center from the viewpoint in Parque das ruinas in Santa Teresa. That cone-thing there is the cathedral!

View over the center from the viewpoint in Parque das ruinas in Santa Teresa. That cone-thing there is the cathedral!

View over Rio and sugarleaf mountaing from Parque das ruinas in Santa Teresa

View over Rio and sugarleaf mountaing from Parque das ruinas in Santa Teresa

Christ the redeemer seen from Santa Teresa

Christ the redeemer seen from Santa Teresa

I was expecting rain in the evening once again, but since the sky was really clear I took advantage of it and went to the Corcovado mountain, the highest in Rio with it’s 700 meters. It’s on that mountain top that one of the seven wonders of the world – Christ the Redeemer is located. I took the famous Corcovado train up (expensive 56 reails.. not so special…but ok) once up there, cooool. I was actually impacted by the statue of Jesus Christ.

It is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world, with it’s 30 meters, not including the 8 meters pedestal. Just between the arms it is 28 meters wide.. and it weighs 635 tonnes!!

The corcovado train

The corcovado train

The famous Corcovado train that goes up to the christ.

The famous Corcovado train that goes up to the christ.

Christ the redeemer, one of the 7th wonders of the world!

Christ the redeemer, one of the 7th wonders of the world!

The view from up there is spectacular too. Since Rio have many mountains and hills there are many view points over the city, all with different perspective.

It’s quite difficult to get a good picture with Christo, there are so much people there on the platform and the statue is so high. And the people are really baaaad photographers too! Haha. I took a few pictures for them, and they are good. But when they take a picture of me, they always cut something of or get some head in the middle. So in the end, I took my own picture with timer, haha. I think it was a better result ;)

In the evening I hanged out at Kike and Vickys place, fixing a little with the computer. We were all three being nerds haha. But it’s needeable sometimes :)

When I let someone else take my picture with Christ

When I let someone else take my picture with Christ

Hello Christ the redeemer. I think I'm best at taking my own pics. haha

When I take a picture with Christ

View over Rio and Lagoa

View over Rio and Lagoa

View over Rio from Corcovado

View over Rio from Corcovado

Having LAN. Hahah.

Having LAN. Hahah.

Next day I got a message from the instructor I had been in contact with about doing Hang Gliding over Rio de Janeiro, he said “the weather conditions are really optimal for today, so I would recommend to hang glide today instead for tomorrow!”. Haha. So I did!

Hang gliding is a popular activity in Rio because of it’s geography, the steep mountains and the beaches provide perfect take-off locations and great landing zones.

My instructor showed me some pictures, one with Kurt Cobain. Apparently he was his instructor too and flew with him two times here in Rio, how cool is that?! :)

We went to Pedra Bonita where there is a take off-point. It wasn’t really much more then putting on a weird suit and then “just look at the horizon and run when I say to run, and never stop running” haha. Then, just like that, you were flying!

The take off at Pedra Bonita

The take off at Pedra Bonita

Soooo cool. I was really surprised (and a little bit sad) that I didn’t feel any adrenaline kick at all, it was just super calm and quiet with an amazing view, no problems talking up there at all. The flight was about 13 minutes total, and it actually does feel quite long.

It costed 250 reales to fly, and additional 100 reales for video and photo. But the instructor forgot to tell me about that, so I didn’t have enough money… and they gave it to me for 50. :)

Hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro!!

Hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro!!

From the Praia do Pepino in São Conrado I took the bus to Ipanema beach and met up with Kike. It was late afternoon and it was a very comfortable weather. We sat there and talked a few hours, then walked to Copacabana beach in the sunset, went to the handycraft market there and then found a place to eat some dinner before heading back home.

With Kike at the beach

With Kike at the beach

Helluu!

Helluu!

Sunset over Copacabana beach. Brazil is the world leading in volley boll.. they play it everywhere

Sunset over Copacabana beach. Brazil is the world leading in volley boll.. they play it everywhere

Next day I didn’t really have anything planned, so I went to the beach again. Kike said that Copacabana is more crowdy and more dangerous then Ipanema since sometimes people from the favelas around go there. Also, he said that I should find some tourists or a nice couple and ask them to watch my stuff if I go down to the beach to take a bath. And so I did. And guess what, they were Swedish!! Haha. So fun. So we hanged the whole day there in the sun, they were leaving at night so they were also enjoying the last sun before going back to the winter.

Ipanema during the day is… buff! Too loud. The Ipanema beach was selected the best city beach of the world by CNN… but yeah.. to me it was too loud. So much people walking around selling stuff, it’s nice that you really don’t need to leave your place and still can get food and drinks or jewelry or clothes, but it get’s really tirening to hear people scream what they are selling every two minutes, and some people even have a megaphone!

Anyhow. The sun was shining and the water was really cold, so I can’t complain too much when it’s winter storm in Sweden ;) And I enjoyed talking Linda and Johan (?), they were very funny and crazy haha.

Typical brazilian!

Typical brazilian!

Typical brazilian2!

Typical brazilian 2!

With these two funny swedish people, both from skåne. The girls name is Linda, the guy I think Johan..

Typical swedish! Haha.

Later I walked towards Copacabana and visited the rock between the beaches, a nice hang out in the city. I was about to go to a couchsurfing meeting, I was in the area, but I didn’t have the address, so I went back home instead (with the metro for the first time, which works really fine too!).. and phew! I’m so glad I did that, because about 1 minuted after I arrived inside, it started to rain SUPER heavily! Vicky came like 15 minutes after me and was soaking wet just by walking from the bus stop and home, a walk of 30 meters, haha.

View from the rocks between Ipanema and Copacabana beach.

View from the rocks between Ipanema and Copacabana beach. The clouds are getting heavy!

Yesterday we were all sitting by our computers, and asking ourselves what we would do if we didn’t have computers. Today we got the answer, because the lights went out and so the did internet. Me and Vicky exchanged some handy craft, she gave me a pair of beautiful earrings she had made herself, and I gave her a bracelet I’ve made. Kike sang and played some music for us. So super nice and cozy evening too :)

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When the lights are out, we lit some candles and get creative!

My last day I spent shopping a little bit. First I did my first Brazilian wax in Brazil, hehe. You have to do it when you are in Brazil, right? :) It went super fine, didn’t hurt almost at all compared to the ones I’ve had in mexico, peru and argentina… here they are pro ;) And it was cheap too!!! 25 reales (in Jericoacoara they wanted 80 reales, so I didn’t do it there).

Then I had a lovely sandwish around the corner there, with cheese, banana and canela. LOVE!! Why don’t we have that kind of sandwish in Sweden?!?!

MmmmM!!!! Love the sandwiches here. This one has banana, cheese and cinnamon!

MmmmM!!!! Love the warm sandwiches here. This one has banana, cheese and cinnamon!

Then I walked towards Rua Buenos Aires where it’s filled with small stores. I was looking for a small Christ to add to my collection around my neck. After visiting many jewelry stores, I finally found the one I liked – and it was also the cheapest one. Never give up! ;)

I also visited an armador-store, where you can by stuff for bracelet making.. he he. Can’t help myself. I also bought some lace to organize Vickis ear rings, because she have them all in a box and barely uses them because it’s a mess. Also I found a nice world-map that I got for Kike. ;)

In the evening we went out to the local pub/restaurant here in Santa Teresa for a good bye dinner. We shared a big veggie pizza and some beers. :)

Street art ;)

Street art ;) Hehe.

I organized Vickis earrings a little. Most of them she had made her self! But she stored them in a box and never used them!

I organized Vickis earrings a little. Most of them she had made her self! But she stored them in a box and never used them!

Good bye dinner with my lovely hosts. Had veggie pizza at the local restaurant/bar

Good bye dinner with my lovely hosts. Had veggie pizza at the local restaurant/bar

My last night in Santa Teresa. All this street-hang, gonna miss!

My last night in Santa Teresa. All this street-hang, gonna miss!

Actually, I feel that Rio is one of the safest big cities I’ve been in. There are many hobos here sleeping outside, but they are not dangerous. And if you don’t visit the favelas, then it’s no difference to walk around in Stockholm or Barcelona.

It’s a little sad that It’s time to leave.. Now that I know how to get around in the city and that I feel at home here. I have really enjoyed my stay here in Rio… there are many more things to do here too. But time’s up! :(

 

Rio de Janeiro – Free Walker Tour and Sugarloaf mountain

Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state with the same name. It was Brazil’s capital until 1960, when Brasília took its place. It’s the second largest city of Brazil and it lives about 6.3 million people within the city and about 11–13.5 million in the state. Residents of the Rio are known as cariocas.

I arrived in the morning to Rio and took the airport bus to the center for 11 reales. When I arrived in the center it was raining. Buhu. I got of in Cinelandia and walked towards Lapa to take the local bus to Santa Teresa where my host Kike lives with his girlfriend Vicki. Both of them really super sweet and the apartment is super cool. We had some fresh expresso coffee and toasts and talked and got to know each other a bit :) It stopped raining so Kike took me out for a walk in the neighborhood, we went to Gloria where they have the Sunday food market and I bought some fruit and bakery stuff.

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Sunday market in Gloria

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A stand in the market

It started to rain a little bit again and we went back and Vicky prepared a nice vegetarian meal (yes, they are both veggies, woho :) Around 15 Kike went to work and me and Vicky stayed and had some more coffee and some sweets, love to have coffee after food!! I have so missed it! Haha.

Having lunch with Vicky and Kike in their lovely appartment!

Having lunch with Vicky and Kike in their lovely appartment!

Coffee and the local pasteries I got in the market earlier :)

Coffee and the local pasteries I got in the market earlier :)

Then I went out for a walk around the neighborhood which is really calm and charmy. It’s filled with art galleries, handy craft shops and a lot of bars. In the evening me and Vicky passed by Cafecito where Kike works and had dinner there together with Domingos, their friend who is a supercool artist. After that we grabbed a few beers out on the street. Apparently Sunday is a party day here. Haha. Then home to sleep… I was really tired! Haha.

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Streets in Santa Teresa a sunday afternoon. People gather outside cafés and bars.

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A main waiting for the bus in Santa Teresa.

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Having dinner at Cafecitos. I had a great cheese and parisian mushroom sandwich – with chimirchurri!! Hehe.. the owners are argentinian :)

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Outside the local bar. :)

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Having a few beers :)

Next day I started with a free walking tour in the city center with Walker Tours.  They have it everyday at 10.30, meeting point just outside Carioca metro station. It showed up a lot of people, around 30 or something, and I was seriously thinking about leaving because I would never hear something, but boy was I wrong haha. The little girl had a super voice, and she was so funny and sweet too. Really great guide and tour through the city! This is a good way to cover the center of Rio too, because the main tourist attractions are not in the center (sugarloaf mountain, Christ the redeemer, the Copacabana and ipanema beach etc).

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Our guide Luana with our group of Walkers!

The Center lies on the plains of the western shore of Guanabara Bay, which Rio de Janeiro was named after (January river). Centro is the historic core of the city, as well as its financial centre. We visited plenty of sites of interest and got a good introduction of Rio.

The evolution of the center of Rio during 400 years. I like the 1910-one, when you still could see the sugar loaf mountain from the center.

The evolution of the center of Rio during 400 years. I like the 1910-one, when you still could see the sugar loaf mountain from the center.

The center is a big mix of churches and buildings from the 16th to the 19th century together with new and modern designs of the 20th century. Since Rio was home to the Portuguese Imperial Family for many years, and the architecture has been influenced by the Portuguese, English and French. It is weird to see this old buildings together with the modern sky scrapers and then all the trees in the middle. Crazy! It is not so beautiful in the center though due to the sky scrapers which mostly are just ugly haha.

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One example of the mixture of buildings here in Rio

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I really enjoy the extremely high trees between all the high sky scrapers. Makes it a little bit easer to breath.

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The municipal theatre, really beautiful. I planned to go on a guided tour inside when it was going to rain, but it never did.. haha

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Inside Confiteria Colombo, the most famous conditory in Rio where Queen Elisabeth had her coffee when she was in Rio.

This is a little bit of a miracle here in Rio. This statue fell from the church top, really high up, and didn’t break anything but it’s finger. But the bell clock of iron, it broke in the middle. Mystical! We also got bracelets that you knot with three knots, for every knot you make a wish. Then you can’t cut it of yourself, but when it falls of, your wishes will come true. Apparently this is true :)

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The statue that only broke her finger when she fall from the church top. There is a little bit of the cross missing too, but it didn’t break at that time, but later.

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The bell clock which broke in the middle in the fall..

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Bracelet with three wishes :)

We walked towards Lapa, a neighborhood besides the center which also is very arty. It houses the modern Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. Very ugly from the outside.. apparently beautiful inside but I didn’t visit it..

We visited the famous path between Lapa and Santa Teresa which is complete covered in red tiles, made by the artist Jorge Selaron. Almost every city or country has their own brick there in the red mosaic stair-thingy. Really cool!

We rounded up with a typical Brazilian lunch in Lapa – Feijoada for about 25 reales, and I had the vegetarian version, and it was really good!

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The colonial arcs of Lapa and the ugly cone there behind is the cathedral….

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Walking around in Lapa

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The Selaron-path. Really cool with tiles from all over the world!

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The swedish and the spanish (barcelona) was just beside each other :)

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The graffiti street in lapa, haha!

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Having Feijoada. This is the australian couple, Ray and Lori!

In the evening it was supposed to rain so I had planned in a few museums, but since it turned out to be a clear evening, I took the opportunity and went to the Sugar Loaf Mountain.  I went with a really sweet couple from Australia I met on the tour who also were completing their bucket list before going home to build their family.

But guess what? When we jump of the bus at the Sugar Loaf mountain, I notice that I don’t have any money left!! I knew I had a 50 reales-bill there but I must have dropped it  when I paid something, the bus or the food or something. I was like… well.. I’ll do this another day then. But, oh, the Australian couple said they would pay for me, that it was no big deal for them. Such a nice gesture. I wanted to be able to pay them back, tried to have a meeting point so I could pay back another day, but they just said that I should pass it on and help another fellow traveler who is in need instead :)

 

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The first mountain. Lets hike up there!

Our guide gave us a tip about how to do the Sugar Loaf Mountain for half price – you can do a hike there to the first mountain, and from there take the cable car to the next mountain, then it will only cost you 26 reales instead of 53 for the whole thing.  So you only pay for the one between the mountains, because after 19, the cable car back is for free too. :) I did that by myself… and I had got to understand that it was quite easy, but it really was in the middle of the forest, and it was about 50 minutes hike, straight up hill, climbing up on roots and it was all muddy and jungle-like haha. A sweaty experience!

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It started with a paved nice path, and then I came to this….time to get into the forest!  and this is the eeeasy part!

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View from the cable car over to the Sugarleaf Mountain

But once there on the top… the view… amazing!! Made me I understand how Rio de Janeiro is connected… it’s huge, but still there are so many green parks and lakes. Very nice! And so calm up there. I took the cable car from the first mountain over to the other higher mountain, the sugarloaf mountain, and I met the Australian couple there. We talked for like a few hours about everything and just enjoyed the sight over Rio and then watched the beautiful sunset there.

Cloudy Christo

Cloudy Christo

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View over Rio and lakes in a dizzy sunset

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Copacabana and sunset

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View from the cable car on the sugarleaf mountain to the other mountain I hiked up to :)

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Rio at night.. the white thing at the top there is Christ the Redeemer

Lovely first day!

Recife – half modern, half historical.

I arrived in Recife around 19.30 and took the metro to Joana Bezerra where I changed to a bus to Boa Viagem, where my host lives. I was surprised they have metro here!! Yay! And it worked so fine. It even announced how much time it was left for it to come! Haha.

Apparently Recife’s infrastructure is among the most developed in Brazil for travellers and business people.

I found the building where my host lives – huge complex, he lives at the 14th floor with a cool view over other sky scrapers and the beach (all though you don’t see the beach at night). And Jose was supernice! Like the first second he gave me a map over Recife and showed me some different attractions and how to get there and I liked him immediately.

His apartment is so nice too, filled with travel photos on the walls and different souvenirs from all the countries he has been to. A well traveled and experienced couchsurfer and host :)

 Boa Viagem at night

Boa Viagem at night, view from the balcony!

My host José aka Zé and his reaally nice wall of travel photos

My host José aka Zé and part of his wall of travel photos

My hosts living room :)

My hosts living room :)

We prepared some dinner, a nice sallad of fresh mozzarella, tomato, balsam vinegar, carrots and warm bread in the oven.  We talked a lot and then around 12ish I went to sleep, so tired! Haha.

Next morning I had some breakfast looking out over the buildings and the sea and then went to Olinda (where I’ve already posted from).

Taking care of the plats in the balcony :)

Taking care of the plats in the balcony :)

Good morning Recife!

Good morning Recife!

Recife is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil, with about 3,8 million inhabitants. It’s the capital of the state of Pernambuco.

Recife is a major port on the Atlantic Ocean. Its name comes from the coral reefs that are present by the city’s shores. On wikipedia they say Recife is like ”the Brazilian Venice” because of the many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city center. But I didn’t really find it that way.

The city of Recife is formed by three islands. I walked between two of them, where the historical center and the city center is. I visited a nice handcraft market and tried to find the ”important buildings” in the historical center, but I couldn’t find it really. I had a map but I wasn’t sure if that was the right building or not.. haha. But there are a few nice churches and colorful buildings, which I always enjoy :) Hehe.

The sculpture park at the port is made of Francisco Brennand

The sculpture park at the port is made of Francisco Brennand

Some houses by the harbour

Some houses by the harbour

A street in the historical center. I like the round christmas light and the shade of the trees :)

A street in the historical center. I like the round christmas light and the shade of the trees :)

 

The artisanian market

The main hand craft market

Such a nice work. You might not notice the details....

Such a nice work. You might not notice the details….

...But here you see a close up :)

…But here you see a close up :)

 

Plenty plenty of churches here though. I talked to some people and they are very friendly here, but so stressed. There is people and shops everywhere, and people walking around. Everyone seems like they know where they are going and that they are in a hurry. Is not really ”just walking around and chilling”. I wanted to sit down somewhere just to chill, but I couldn’t find a nice place or a park to hang out there. So I felt stressed there compared to calm and pretty Olinda. I like more the neighbourhood of Boa Viagem.. even if it’s very modern, it’s much calmer!

At night I had a dinner with my host again, we did a brazilian couscous with hot vegetables. :)

The bridge between the islands

The bridge between the islands

San Francisco church I think

San Francisco church I think

On of the central park in Recife

On of the central park in Recife

Basilica Nossa senhora do carmo

Basilica Nossa senhora do carmo

Church... Igreja do Pratos? Don't know really

Church… Igreja do Pratos? Don’t know really

People waiting for the bus

People waiting for the bus

Dinner with José. Haha, He had just put in a spoon before the photo went off, and he said "I think I did a face, the food was so hot!" hahaha

Dinner with José. Haha, He had just put in a spoon before the photo went off, and he said ”I think I did a face, the food was so hot!” hahaha

 

I was leaving the afternoon next day, and my host works from like 7.30. So I woke up early and did some breakfast (he usually don’t have time to eat it in the morning even if he wants to). Super nice. I really feel at home at his apartment and I got the keys to it even before I met him haha. So then we said good bye and he left for work.

I visited the ”Oficina de Ceramica Francisco Brennand”. It wasn’t that easy to get there – It took about 1,5 hours and a few bus-changes and then had to take a taxi the last kilometers, because the museum is sort of in the middle of a forest outside the city.

These four guys welcomes you to the museum

These four guys welcomes you to the museum

Francisco Brennand is a famous contemporary sculpture artist in Brazil. His studio is set in an old ceramic tile factory that belonged to his father Ricardo. It’s a huge house with a studio, workshop, a gallery with his paintings and a museum of the sculptures he does.  Really impressive!!

”Visitors traveling down Recife to the famous atelier are experiencing a dreamlike trip into a strange world.  While there the visitors can take note that the studio is divided into two sections, the indoor and the outdoor.  The courtyard is where you walk through a footpath enclosed by a Romanesque arcade leading to the outdoor section filled with sculptures.  At the end of this area is the indoor section where a temple like structure can be found.  The structure has a dome ceiling.  ”

Very impressive courtyard

Very impressive courtyard

The walls

The walls

Nice sculpture

Nice sculpture

The courtyard and part of the fountain

The courtyard and part of the fountain

The courtyard and big butts. Te gusta Duilio? ;)

The courtyard and big butts. Te gusta Duilio? ;)

 

The fantastic Francisco Brennand museum

The fantastic Francisco Brennand museum

It really is one of its kind!.. really remarkable!  The museum with over 2000 pieces which all are different from each other and the gallery with his paintings and also his tile work is very impressive and very unique. There is everything from symbols to animals to butts to people to penises.. haha.

One of the rooms filled with sculptures

One of the rooms filled with sculptures

A hall with ceramic paintings

A hall with ceramic paintings

Love the small white tiles with black dots, looks like skulls.

Love the small white tiles with black dots, looks like skulls.

The factory where they make wall tiles

The factory where they make wall tiles

Cool special faces. Reminds me of långa farbrorn!

Cool special faces. Reminds me of långa farbrorn!

The marx park, designed by famous desginer Marx with Brennand scupltures

The marx park, designed by famous desginer Marx with Brennand scupltures

After the museum I got back to the neighbourhood Boa Viagem, had lunch and then packed my back and got to the Rodoviaria.

Good bye lovely room :(

Good bye lovely room :(

Bye bye Recife, hello Salvador!

 

A short and slightly problematic visit to Natal

The bus trip to Natal was ok, it just took a few hours longer then it was supposed to, and I don’t know why really. Isac, (a Spanish guy I met in Jericoacoara and spend a few hours in the bus station in Fortaleza) told me it took him two hours extra too when he did that trip. I slept almost the whole trip, except for a few hours of talking to Victor and Eva (a Spanish couple who I met on the bus station in Fortaleza). They have been together for like 25 years or something, and have traveled a lot! They are so funny to hang out with! : )

A little spanish gathering at the bus station with Isac, Eva and Vitor, all from Spain!

A little spanish gathering at the bus station with Isac, Eva and Vitor, all from Spain!

We arrived in Natal and my host had written to me that I should take bus nr 30 from the Rodoviaria and jump of in a square where there is a church. Easy peasy. But no! So many problems!

I started by asking a taxidriver outside the rodoviara where bus nr 30 goes from. He didn’t know, so he talked to another taxi driver, who talked to another, and they asked me where I was going, and said that bus nr 30 doesn’t go there, so they called my host with my phone to ask for directions, and talked for over 7 minutes – passing by my phone to one and another and then back to the first one etc etc. They ended up all my credit on my phone (like 25 reales) and almost all my battery (9% left) – and still didn’t get to anything concrete! I was fucking mad at them, because it didn’t help anything at all. So I couldn’t call my host if something would happen, and I knew that he had to leave his home 20 minutes later and that I probably wouldn’t have time to get there in time.

Second thing is that I get on the bus (no problem, just across the street), and I ask the driver to let me off in a square where there is a church, I had no name or anything, but I had a map on my phone which I showed them. And about 20 minutes later they notify me that this is my stop. I get off… and I don’t know what to do. Wait until my host calls me? I was really hungry, so I found a restaurant, and thank god they had wifi and outlets so I could charge my phone. I talked to Rafa through whatsapp (thank god for Rafa) and he messaged my host Breno and said where I was. I had dinner and waited like 1,5 hours before getting an answer to Rafas phone. It was not the right place.. Apparently it was quite far away from his square and church… wtf.

Instead he said that I should go to another place at an avenue… I ask a few guys in a bar close by which bus I should take to this place and they show me the right bus stop (btw; the bus stops don’t have an marks with numbers on which buses that passes there or times or anything, just a “Bus stop” sign and you have to know which bus passes on which place in your head).

After a while the guy comes back to the bus stop and says that it’s a red day today and the busses only passes by like once in an hour, but that he can take me to that place on his motorbike. So, I jump on his motorbike, together with my big backpack on my back, and my two other bags under each arm. Haha!

I arrived well and met up with Breno who picked me up with his car. We got to his house and wow, I had no idea! They were like 10 people there! Haha. He lives in a “Republica”, which is like a student home. They are 6 people sharing a huge house. Really nice, with pool, living room, big kitchen, and everyone have their own room! They were all really sweat and nice people. I agreed on meeting up with some of them next day to go to Forte dos reis magos and Parque Das Dunas and then watch the sunset from there, but later at night I got a message that she had a doctor’s appointment with her son that she had forgotten about. Well well. Things worked out well anyways – I shared room with Iralice – and she invited me to go to Pipa with her tomorrow evening instead, she was leaving after her work.. perfect! :)

Brenos and the houses friends, so nice people! :)

Brenos and the houses friends, so nice people! :)

Iralice and I exchanged some tips, beads and creations. I got the hippie-hair thing with flowers!

Iralice and I exchanged some tips, beads and creations. I got the hippie-hair thing with flowers!

Iralce makes bijouteries and have classes in that. Very nice creations! I showed her some of my bracelets and she was really impressed my the macramé knots and had always wanted to learn how to do it, so I showed her the basics :) She gave me a flower head band (really beautiful!!) and some nice turquoise beads :)

Next day I woke up and spent a little time with my host Breno in the morning. Then I got a ride together with Griego (one of the guys living there) who was going to a library close to Ponte de Todos and he left me in that area so I could make some sight seeing in Natal :)

Natal, the capital of the state Rio Grande do NorteA lot of people get to Natal to use it as a base to explore the state, which is supposed to have some beautiful sites. Natal itself does not have a fascinating Historical Center or a vivid nightlife, but instead it’s significantly calmer then other larger cities.

I walked along the coast and past by a stand where they sell coconuts, and a guy starts talking to me.. I ignore and keep on walking, found a place to have some breakfast and order a tapioca and a coffee. Then the same guy comes into the place and asks to join me!! “No” I say “Are you married??” he answers. Haha. OMG so persistent!! He sat down at another table just in front of me looking at me. I was very uncomfortable. Then he gives the waiter a note to give me. Haha. He really tries to talk to me but I say I am not interested at all. Then he apologies and leaves me. But weird.. Well… the tapioca was good anyways!! Haha.

Coffee and another stunning tapioca - much thicker then I had before, and since I was hungry I was glad :) Nutella, leche condensada and banana :)

Coffee and another stunning tapioca – much thicker then I had before, and since I was hungry I was glad :) Nutella, leche condensada and banana :)

A guy, "Aleksandre", gave me this... haha

The note the guy wrote to me… haha. Starts with ”God afternoon! I got enchanted with your beauty and I would like to know you”…. :)

I visited a handricraft market, got saldo to my phone  and then walked along the beaches Praia do Meio and Praia dos Artistas to the famous bridge Ponte Newton Navarro and then back. I passed by two dark-skinned fat Brazilian girls who were dancing Funky (like Braziian regueton) in their tanga-bikinis on the sidewalk, with their chest towards the sea and their really big asses towards the cars.. Damn I wish I would have dared to ask if I could take a picture, it was so funny!

View over the beach from the other side

View over the beach from the other side

The new bridge, Ponte Newton Navarro

The new bridge, Ponte Newton Navarro

I like that they have like chess-boards between the benches!

I like that they have like chess-boards between the benches!

View over the beach in Natal

View over the beach in Natal

Closed hotel.... Spectacular!

Closed hotel…. Spectacular!

Went back home to pack my bag and ask how to get to Parnamirim, where Iralice works and where I was meeting her. Joggi drew me a nice map how to get to Parnamirim, but Breno just came home from work there and he drove me to the bus station where the buses goes to Parnamirim. Met up with Iralice there and got off to Pipa. She goes there every weekend to get out of Natal and has been doing it for like 5 years or so. :)

I feel bad that I didn’t spend more time with Breno, I think it’s the first host I had which I haven’t got to know really. But I sort of shared my little time together with like 4 flatmates and 4 friends so… haha.

By the way.. The traffic is horrible here! They really don’t know how to drive… or they don’t respect any rules The public transport doesn’t work, so everybody gets a car, and then there’s so much traffic jam.. it’s a city with a population like Stockholm, but no metros or trains, only buses but no special bus lanes on the highway or the roads, so the buses gets stuck in the traffic jam aswell, and no one respects any laws in the traffic AT ALL. Haha

Excursion to Lagoa Azul in Jericoacoara

On Monday we went on an excursion in Deboras car to Lagoa Azul and Lagoa do Paraiso. Where she had parked the car, there was some cajú trees, and I had my first bite of the cajú fruit! Can’t say it was my favorite, but it was fun to try. And I saved the cashew-nut as a souvenir. For you who doesn’t know, the cashew nuts comes from this tree, so it’s one nut on every fruit! Amazing huh! 

Holding a cajú fruit, the little thing there in the top is  a cashew-nut! Yeah!! One on every fruit!

Holding a cajú fruit, the little thing there in the top is a cashew-nut! Yeah!! One on every fruit!

The cashew-tree!

The cashew-tree!

The roadtrip was nice :) We passed by sand dunes, other small fishing villages and kite places, the famous lazy tree, more wild donkeys and horses, and about one hour later we arrived to a calm and beautiful lagoon. Yes damas y caballeros, damer och herrar, this is paradise!! 

Blue water, white sand, tables, chairs and hammocks IN the water!!!

Wild donkeys

Wild donkeys along the way

Lagoa azul!

Arriving in Lagoa azul!

Isn't this paradise?!

Isn’t this paradise?!

Great great day.. I was so happy… we had some wine and beers and food (I had an ice cream, because I was the only one who woke up earlier to have the big buffet breakfast at Posada Mauricio where I’m a steady guest now, haha).

Did some bracelets sitting on a chair in the water, some siesta in the hammock, some swimming in the lagoon and I also tried Stand Up Paddle!!! So much fun! :) Me and Deb hired two S.U.Ps and went around in the lagoon. The rent guys were impressed that it was my first time, said I had a very good balance. Woho :) But it was quite easy, even if it was quite windy sometimes.

Me and Debora :)

Me and Debora :)

Swimming :)

Swimming :)

Peaceful...

Peaceful…

Lagoa Azul... :)

Lagoa Azul… :)

 

Stand up paddle with Debora :)

Trying Stand up paddle with Debora :)

We met a Brazilian couple there and we joined together later to another lagoon, Lagoa do Paraiso. On our way we got stuck with the car a couple of times in the sand, and had help from other buggy drivers to get out : ) You are actually now allowed to go in normal cars there, but Debs care is quite big and steady, just that she was an inexperienced sand-driver, haha. After that, Erasmo took over and drove impressively good through the dunes!

We arrived in Lagoa da Paraiso who also was beautiful, but it was quite windy and almost nobody were there… We took a bath and then it was time to start our journey home.

Our car got stuck... jhaha

Our car got stuck in the sand… haha

Lagoa do paraiso. :)

Some love in Lagoa do paraiso. :)

Hello from Lagoa do Paraiso!

Hello from Lagoa do Paraiso! Deb, Roberta and Me

Jump!

Jump!

The brazilian couple in their buggy :)

Roberta and Arthur in their buggy :)

We in our car :) Hehe

We in our car :) Hehe

We arrived in the sunset and I went to Club Ventos to book another windsurf class for tomorrow, my last one. Then I met up with Erasmo in the street and hang there all the evening. We had a lot of visits from both people and animals :) I got a new best friend, a white cat, who every time she passed by came and sat in my lap. I even shared my fruit salad with her and her gray haired friend. :) I really enjoy just hanging on the main street. Now the festival is over and its so much calmer here! Almost no people around compared to the weekend!

Sunset

Sunset and the fishing boats

Sunset :)

Sunset :)

Cat coming to have some of my fruit salad :)

Having fruit salad and visits from hungry cats.. haha

Nadja and Deb bought dog food to give this cute dog some food.

Nadja and Deb bought dog food to give this cute dog!

Hanging on the mainstreet with my favourite persons and cat :)

Hanging on the mainstreet with my favorite persons and the cat :)

Erasmo showed me how to do a little star with steel, damn hard, but fun! Duilio would love to do this kind of work. And, one thing Erasmo said that I’ll never forget, is “You have to come back with your boyfriend for a longer time, then I’ll show you more how to work this handicraft and also you can bring your own table and your bracelets and you put your stand here next to mine!” Oh! YEAH! Definitively!

Glaube and his girlfriend joined too, and the Brazilian couple from earlier, and we armed a little beach party of our own haha. I went home around 1.30 because I was really tired (a lot of sun today), and when I left for windsurf Erasmo hadn’t come home yet, haha!

Our gang :)

Four lovely ladies and the pimp, haha!

The Jeri-gang :)

The Jeri-gang :)

In the windsurf class, which went really good, I learned how to steer to the right and to the left. Yes, I fall like 100 times too, but now I understand a little bit more how it works, but even if I know it in my head, my body doesn’t really want to do it haha. It’s against everything that is natural!! Hahah. But it was loads of fun.

Then I met up Deb and Nadja at Pedra de Mar and had some ice cream. It will never be as good as in Argentina!! The ice cream there is really delicious. Haven’t found it anywhere else! Deb told me a little about her work and showed me some pictures (she is a midwife) in one pic, she was with the grandmother, the mother and the newborn baby… and Deb was the oldest of them all!! The grandmother was 28 years old and the mother 14 years old! Craaazy…

Wild cows and high palm trees.

Wild cows and high palm trees just where the beach ends.

Later I met Erasmo at Café Do Brazil to have lunch, he was leaving today to Fortaleza together with Debora, Nadja and Glaube. :( Buhuhu. I’m really sad actually. He has been a great host, he is so relaxed but at the same time active, always doing business :) He is very caring and funny to. I have really enjoyed my stay here! Jericoacoara will not be the same without him!

He arranged so I could share room with Mariana, Glaubes girlfriend too. :)
So I changed room, then Mariana showed me the cheapest laundry where I left some clothes hehe. I went down to the beach again, sat on the puff, had some coconut water and made some bracelets. Lovely.

Oh, in between I also went to the Tapioca place again and had the greatest Tapioca with chocolate, dulce de leche, coconut and banana… do I need to say more?? Haha!

The greatest tapioca... mmmmm

The greatest tapioca… mmmmm

I went down to the beach and I finally managed to see Capoeira… and WOW!!!!! That is SO cool! And so impossible. It’s something between a camp sport and a dance. It was really fun to see, and scary too in the beginning, but then I noticed they are in good control of their body and don’t hurt each other. I’ll upload a video of it when I can! I met with Marcin, my instructor, and walked up the main street where finally the very famous chocolate cocada-cake-stand was open! So I tried it, and yes, it was delicious, probably one of the best I have tried. :)

Capoeira on the beach!!

Capoeira on the beach!!

The famouse chocolate cocada-cake!

The famouse chocolate cocada-cake!

I met the Brazilian couple again and they told me about a Samba concert at their hotel tonight, so after a shower I went over there. Nooow I understand a little bit more about Samba. In the beginning it was empty but then just like that, a lot of people showed up, and many of them danced really good Samba, yet another impossible thing! Haha. But very fun to see! Mariana was also there and she was a really great samba-dancer!!

Samba Concert at night

Samba Concert at night

Arthur, Roberta, me and the weird white thing there in my face is a butterfly! And the shadow in my face! Haha. So fun.

Arthur, Roberta, me and the weird white thing there in my face is a butterfly! And the shadow is on my cheek! Haha. So fun.

Samba night

Samba night

After the concert I went to find a wifi spot and had an hour skype-call with Duilio (te quiero) before heading home for a good nights sleep. :)

Today I went early to the beach to have my last day here.. sat on the puff again, had a coco drink, met a swedish girl! Sent some postcards, had Acai by the beach and picked up my laundry… In the evening I watched the capoeira again, then packed the bag, had dinner with Mariana and then off to Fortaleza…:(

Last day:

The main square during the day. Had to have the famous boat in some picture :)

The main square during the day. Had to have the famous boat in some picture :)

Windsurfers and a man playing capoeira-music

Windsurfers and a man playing capoeira-music

Football on the beach

Football on the beach

Beautiful sunset

Sunset again

Had dinner with Mariana at Cafe do Brazil. A eggplant sandwish, very good!!

Had dinner with Mariana at Cafe do Brazil. A eggplant sandwish, very good!!

Byeeee Jericoacoara :(

Trying windsurfing and living life in Jericoacoara!

I went out around 8 in the morning looking for a place to eat breakfast – yesterdays place wasn’t open.. but next to it there was a Pousada, Pousada Mauricio,  where people were sitting and eating. I asked If it was only for residents, but no, for 15 reales you can eat everything you want in the buffet – So I had home made yoghurt, cajú juice, melon, papaya, watermelon, granola, coffee, different cakes etc…. Haha :)

My breakfast buffet!! Home made yoghurt, cajú juice, some tropical fruits, coffee etc... :)

My breakfast buffet!! Home made yoghurt, cajú juice, some tropical fruits, coffee etc… :)

Went down to Club Ventos to have my first windsurf lesson. My instructor Marcin from Poland told me a little about the basic position, how to go with the wind etc. We trained to stand on the board ON the beach, not even in the water, and even there it was impossible! When the wind gets in the sail I fell overboard, when I didn’t get wind in the sail I fell backwards, haha. But we got in the water, and I managed to stay a little on the board, Marcin said that he thought I could be a good windsurfer some day haha.

After the class I went to the beach trying to find a spot where I don’t have hard sand blowing in my face all the time. Almost impossible. I was hiding behind some rocks but no, didn’t work for long. Haha.

Another side of Jericoacoara

Another side of Jericoacoara

Windsurfers and beach people

Windsurfers and beach people

Instead I met up Debora from yesterday and Rodina, they were sitting on some really nice puffs at a bar just by the beach, perfect. I joined and made bracelets and had another Acai there on the beach. Me and Rodina also borrowed some beach tennis rackets from a couple there and played in the shallow water. Later Erasmo and Glaube joined too.

Acai.. It's not chocolate, it's mixed acai and it's purple!

Acai.. It’s not chocolate, it’s mixed acai and it’s purple!

The perfect place for work.... ;)

The perfect place for work…. ;)

Erasmo and a strange round rainbow around the sun

Erasmo and a strange round rainbow around the sun

Went home for a shower and then out shopping with Rodina who wanted to buy something before she left. I love the stores here, there are so many with lovely interior design. I want to open my own cozy shop someday :)

For dinner I brought a falafel with me to the fish restaurant where Rodina and Erasmus were eating lobster haha. Then Rodina was leaving with the 22.30 bus, we said goodbye to her at the bus station, then run through the street to say good bye to her at another street to, haha, so funny.

Then we went to Erasmos favorite bar and had a few beers there outside, hanging with an artesanian girl who is in Jericoacoara with her boyfriend :)

Last dinner with Rodina :)

Last dinner with Rodina :)

Having some drinks on the street :)

Having some drinks on the street :)

We went down the beach later where there was a lot of people and party. As I said before, there are a lot of people here from the “nearby” towns and cities since it was some kind of red day both Friday and Monday. I went home earlish again since I had my second windsurfer class at 9 next day.

It went much better!! I managed to be on the board for quite long, like a hundred meters or something. Didn’t even notice until I looked back and saw my instructor far far away. Haha. Sooooo much fun!!!!

The windsurfing club Ventos :)

At the windsurfing Club Ventos, lots of boards!

Had a calm day, wandering around the streets talking to some handcraft people, Jose from Colombia who has been traveling for like 20 years, and then two other Brazilian guys who make hats and roses and stuff from the palmtrees. So sweet. They gave me a rose because they like that I always have a smile on my face :)

With my rose :)

With my rose :)

I went down to the beach and watched the windsurfers  and I’m really fascinated, now I see how good they are, mainly because I know how damn difficult it is just to stand on a beginners board which is like 3 times bigger then theirs, and try to control the sail in the wind that changes directions and strength… uhuh!

The one in the orange shirt is my instructor :)

Watching windsurfers, found my instructor teaching an advanced class :)

In the evening I was looking for the capoeira that they have in the beach, and I met my windsurf instructor who said it was cancelled. Instead we went up to the sand dune that’s on the left side of the beach where people go up to watch the sunset, a quite typical tourist thing which we hadn’t done yet. And in deed it was magical! The sky had many beautiful colors. :)

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset on the sand dune with Marcin

Sunset on the sand dune with Marcin

Beautiful colors in the sky!

Beautiful colors in the sky!

At night as usual I hung on the main street besides Erasmo and he showed me how he works with the steel he does his work in, impressive!! You really must have pacience.. Haha. Really nice night, it’s full moon too!

Tomorrow we are going on a excursion!

Full moon!

Full moon!

Selling :)

Selling :)