Destination Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia.
Beer on Itapuã Beach, tequila at the pousada in Barra.
Monday July 24, 17 h.
We spent the sunny afternoon on Itapuã Beach, lazily sitting and lying down on the beach chairs, chatting, or silently enjoying the music. At the end of the afternoon, dozens of empty beer bottles remained under our table. Our group had drank this considerable amount of beer, together with more caipirinha and soft drinks. The brave Brazilian world…
The sun moved to the horizon. The rays colored the clouds, which provided a breathtaking view, with the city lights of Salvador at the horizon, just after five. Few moments later, the sun almost completely was set, and I took some photographs. I tried some adaptations of my camera, in order to obtain better colorful images. Igor and Leo were posing for some pictures, and also Carol wanted some pictures of her at sunset, with the city lights at the horizon. Carol was using her colorful canga (beach cloth), that had the print of the Brazilian flag. Her light blue beach dress completed the color palette. The pictures of this sunset were amazing, and I consider them among the best of this travel.
It was completely dark at six. We went for the nearest bus stop. But bystanders advised us to walk a bit more, in order to have a better chance to catch a bus to Barra. AS a flock of geese, we wandered to another bus stop, about one kilometer further away. We only had to wait about fifteen minutes for the bus. The way back appeared to last longer than the trip in the morning. We all were sighted from relief when we reached our destination, since the bladders were quite full. We refreshed ourselves and went to the nearest restaurant. The owner was about to close, but he could not resist a large group of fifteen hungry customers. Again, Carol proved to be an excellent negotiator. She managed to obtain a complete dish – consisting of beef or chicken, rice, beans, and salad – for just five reais. We ordered some french fries for a few reais more. A fish dish was six reais. We enjoyed this simple but delicious meal.
Barra by Night
It was already 10 pm, when we left the restaurant. We returned to the pousada and took some rest. One hour later, we got the idea to walk a bit in Barra. We were not motivated to spend the evening at the campus, the program for that evening was not really interesting. At eleven-thirty, Igor, Léo, Carol, I and five others were walking on the coastal road, on the way to the Farol (light tower). This tower was illuminated and I took more pictures. We took our time to explore Barra. The walk was very relaxing, I was walking close to Carol. We enjoyed the district, and the warm evening. We were walking for more than ninety minutes, before we decided to return to the pousada.
Another group sat on the veranda of the pousada. They were drinking a lot of beer, which was bought at the local supermarket. The Mexican owner liked our company, and he added his Mexican part. He took a bottle of tequila, and we all drank a bit of it. I took a very little nip of it, because I was very aware of the high percentage of alcohol. And I really wanted to prevent having a terrible headache the following morning. And indeed, I did not wake up with any headache the next morning, while others, who drank much more of the tequila, were silently pleading for some aspirins….
By Dr. Adriano Antoine Robbesom
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