Destination Maceió, capital of the state of Alagoas.
Episode 8. SESC Guaxuma, nearby Maceió.
The days before, we had visited the fantastic beaches of Gunga and Ipioca. This day, we were about to visit a SESC club. SESC stands for Serviço Social do Comércio, founded by President Eurico Gaspar Dutra in 1946. SESC is a non profit organization, with attention to the wellness of the employees and their families. The organization is active throughout Brazil, and is involved with education, health, culture, leisure, and medical assistance. SESC has a large number of leisure clubs spread through Brazil. Such a leisure club is located on a fenced area, where members are welcome. There are sports facilities and restaurants, and most of these clubs also provide lodging facilities. Since SESC is a non profit organization, the prices are low. Visitors need to be member and make reservations of the accommodation.
Swimming and pool
One of these SESC leisure clubs, SESC Guaxuma, is located at about 12 km from Maceió. The club is located next to the beach, and hosts a private beach. Inside the clbu, members may enjoy the large slide and swimming pool, the futsal fields, and the green sinuca tables. Sinuca (resembles the English snooker) is a Brazilian variant of American pool and is very popular among students. And not only men are playing with the balls… The club also hosted some restaurants and bars. Much to enjoy for everyone.
Bahia and Amazonas
We were distributed among five buses that brought us to the entrance of the SESC club. We quickly went to the beach, but that day was very cloudy, the sun was absent. Sometimes, we felt some drizzle. I already had made some friendships with students from Paraíba, and I joined them. They introduced me to a group of students from the state of Bahia, and one student from Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas. They quickly discovered my reputation as photographer, and I made a lot of pictures of the girls. At noon, we went to the restaurant.Unfortunately, the capacity of the SESC restaurant was not sufficient enough to provide meals of all of us. We had to leave the club and find a nearby restaurant on the beach.
I accompanied the Bahian students and the student from Amazonas. We ordered a meal. We had to wait more than one hour, before it was served, but we killed the time with interesting conversations. The student from Manaus told us about her life in the metropolis in the heart of the Amazon Forest. The city of Manaus is emerging, thanks to the growing industry. It is also an expensive city, since everything must be transported by plane or by boat. Manaus appears to be an island within the immense Amazon Forest.
After the delicious meal – we were so hungry that everything was delicious! – we returned to the SESC club. Some students climbed the enormous slide, from where they were launched in the swimming pool. I tried to make pictures of their contact with the water, and as a miracle, I sometimes managed to take a spectacular picture. The girls became enthusiastic and returned various times to the slide, in order to obtain another spectacular picture of themselves. Other students tried to make somersault dives, and also their actions were registered by my camera. This afternoon became the start of friendships with the Bahian students.
One does not need much imagination that my friendships with the Bahian girls drew attention of the others. They soon asked me various questions. Most questions were quite simple, but their most important question was: how to contact these beautiful girls? My answer was simple: one of them wanted to practice her English conversation skills, and eventually, she introduced me to her friends. Some of my friends from Minas asked me to introduce the girls to them, since the men showed much interest in the exotic looking girls. That night, when we danced the contemporary electronic music, I met the girls again. It was an unforgettable night, it was already dawn when we returned to our lodgement.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom
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