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Salvador, heart of the Afro-brazilian culture

Salvador, Brazil


As I said, we are now in Salvador de Bahia. Just to give you an idea, it used to be the capital of Brazil, so it is pretty big. We found a nice little hostel in the middle of the Pelourhino which is the historical center of the town and also the party center!!! ok, it is touristic but lovely and safe! The place is full of colonial buildings which are beautiful, loads of church and lovely cobblestoned street... wandering around here is great...

We saw one of the most beautiful churches in Brazil, Sao Francisco, which is full of wood cravings painted in gold... it is absolutely amazing. The whole church is very baroque.
The story tells that the slaves who did all those wood carvings sculped big sexual organs to the angels!! When you actually walk into the church you can see that the wood has been broken off on these parts of the angels so it is probably true!!!

So we enjoyed the Pelo (as the locals say...) as much during the day as during the night...: we went out with a few people from the hostel and followed for about an hour a percussion band. Everyone was dancing and the music was great, full of rythms... i can assure you that Brazilians know how to party and take over the streets!! We then sat down for a few drinks before going to a local party where I did enjoy showing off my samba and salsa talents!!! I got to meet a few great dancers (ola was one of them!!) and i did dance like crazy!!! It was amazing!!
We unfortunately don't have any pictures of the night, but you can just imagine a big samba and african party in the streets!!

Today, after a nice sleep... we found a capoeira class... it was also great. We are now feeling Brazil fully and enjoying its culture....!!! WE LOVE IT!

After that, a little nap in the hamac was very welcome for me...

Loads of kisses

agnes and ola

PS for mummy danielle: my feet are back to normal!!I will survive!!

permalink written by  agnesola on July 11, 2007 from Salvador, Brazil
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