Day 8 – Wed 13th
Said goodbye to Olinda and caught a flight to Salvador. Our new hostel is a dump, oh well…
Day 9 – Thurs 14th
Well, dump, or no, we are perfectly located! Though I seem to have sustained about 15 mosquito bites overnight…
In Pelhourino, the historic centre, beautiful, but apparently dangerous – someone waved us away when we tried to go down a slightly deserted street in Salvador – nice of him to tell us, but now we are completely paranoid… Saw 2 amazing churches and took the Lacerda elevator to the lower city (another mode of transport :)). Found a lovely restaurant with garden and live music to have our Valentines meal in, this must be my most exotic Valentine location….
… What do points mean… prizes! I’m sure I’ll lose the valentines points before long!
Day 10 – Fri 15th
Cool, we found a funicular! Not that it went anywhere interesting, but nonetheless… Tried some of the Bahian cuisine, Curuca (I think), some kind of shrimp porridge with okra, strangely gelatinous, but tasty, Keir hated it. We also had some weird tapioca thing, like a findus crispy pancake, but white and floury, alarmingly the frozen Birds Eye version is nicer…
Day 11 – Sat 16th
Off to Rio very early, we are now budgeting so that we can see the turtles in Suriname, so airport buses all the way, good in Salvador, not so great in Rio, as we still had to take a taxi from Centro and it ended up more expensive than taking one from the airport, I think our driver ripped us off. Our new pousada looks cool, though perhaps its cleanliness leaves something to be desired, and we are devastated to learn that the tram is no longer running, it used to be on top of the old aqueduct too
Day 12 – Sun 17th
We decided to get some breakfast, which turned into lunch, and then see Christ the Redeemer. Got there at 11 and apparently no free trains until 5! Keir is hoping to see a football match tonight, so decided to go to Sugar Loaf Mountain instead, which needs 2 cable cars – hooray! Expensive, but amazing views, Rio really is beautiful. Met some Canadian cruise shippers, it seems 5 cruise ships turned up today and that is why we couldn’t get on the train – bastards.
Was going to meet up with a friend of Gareth’s to see the Botofogo/ Flamengo game tonight – rushed back from Sugar Loaf to pick up the details on facebook ; got lost on the way & our bloody receptionist had popped out & locked up reception so that we couldn’t get into our room for 20 mins…. By then it was too late to make it across town to meet up….. arse… a bad review on tripadvisor is looming for this place!
Day 13 – Mon 18th
Booked the train for Christ at 9 on the internet and just made it! In a carriage with another cruise ship, wow, how many of these guys are there? The statue was cool, had the obligatory ‘arms out’ photo taken by Keir and photographed more stunning aerial views. Then caught the bus to Ipanema beach (a long, hot and sweaty ride – not in good way ;), def taking the metro back, it is air-conditoned!). After Ipanema, and an abortive attempt to see a fort (do you think Keir will suspect I am sabotaging his attempts to see them?), Copacabana. Arrive back at pousada for a ginger cachaca to find we are both rather burnt, despite the factor 50. Ginger genes – Keir is worse than I.
Missed the football…. Didn’t get to see a fort…. It’s almost as if some invisible force is preventing me from seeing the things I want to see…..?!
Salvador pictures: Salvador
Rio pictures: Rio