02.03.2009 - 12.03.2009
Andy and I wrapped up Spain in Madrid with more of the above - brilliant architecture, good food and good wine. I finally got to sample churros with chocolate but cant say we did try sangria. I think its overrated anyway.
Our first real stop in South America was Salvador. Both the heat, and the fun hit us at once. We literally checked into a hostel in Barra then walked 20m to the beach where we found ourselves immersed in a festival to mark the end of summer. There was a parade with dancers and drummers and the public danced quasi-naked in the street whilst a band played in a huge stage at the end of the beach, men worked out on the sand and everyone, literally hundreds of people moved to the music. It was brilliant. We visited the historic center the next day and sampled some of their traditional (African influenced food) and had our first stint on the beach.
It took an overnight bus to get us to Itacare (south of Salvador) but it was the highlight of the trip so far. It was just the cruisiest, surf focused town I´ve been to. There were 4 great beaches a short walk from town - each closely linked but visually separated - with great waves, picture perfect surrounds (think white sand & palm trees) and men waiting with cold beers and umbrellas should you need them. The hostel was also great and we hung out until late at night at the favela bar with some people we met.
I write from Porto Seguro in Brazil. We just arrived and so haven’t had much of a look around, but get the feeling we will be moving on shortly... it just doesn’t stack up compared to where we came from. Next stop is Trancoso then Rio which should be awesome.