Destination Maceió, capital of the state of Alagoas.
Episode 17. A rainy day at Pajuçara Beach, one of the urban beaches in Maceió.
The final night in Maceió was spent at a bar in the trendy district of Ponta Verde. We were enjoying a live performance of a local musician, while we were reviewing our week in Maceío with each other. We told each other our stories, showed each other our pictures, and exchanged email addresses and phone numbers. At that time, Orkut was still very popular, and many students also added each other through this social media. At that time it was hard to imagine that less than four years later, almost everyone had transferred their Orkut account to the more popular and complete Facebook account. I did not only stay at the bar, but I also joined some friends to walk along the beach at Ponta Verde. Few tourists were walking there, in their search for some amusement, something to eat or drink. Along the beach, there were dozens of little (mobile) barracks that offered snacks such as tapioca and pizza, or drinks as caipirinha, beer, or soda. I already had agreed to join a small group that wanted to visit beach paradise Maragogi, the following day, our final day.
Maragogi Beach turned out to be a
We got up early, and left the campus before 8 am. We went to the center, where we were searching for a van that could transport us to Maragogi. Bad luck for us: the weather conditions had changed drastically, and a lot of rain was forecast that day. The attendant informed us better not to visit Maragogi that day. It was our third attempt during our stay in Maceió, to visit the much enchanted beach resort Maragogi. It had become a mission impossible for us…
Now we were already in the center, we had to see for an alternative that day. Later that day, we had to return to the campus, to start our bus journey back to Belo Horizonte. We decided to visit Pajuçara Beach, while we hoped that the drizzling rain would stop soon. At Pajuçara Beach, there is a gallery were dozens of small stores were located, where local handicraft was sold. They offered souvenirs, T-shirts, local liquors and liqueurs, art pieces, toys. We spent some time to watch all these stores. I was offered to taste some liqueur that was made of cachaça (sugar can brandy) with cinnamon and clove. It had a surprising taste, and I decided to buy a tiny bottle of it.
Before we left Pajuçara, I went on the beach. It was still drizzling. The beach was deserted and partly covered with algae and seaweed. Even a popular beach as Pajuçara looks ugly at rainy days. Nevertheless, I withstood the rain for some minutes and took some pictures. I observed some roses on the beach, some of them were partly covered by seaweed. These roses appeared to be thrown into the sea as an offer to the candomblé goddess Iemanja, the goddess of the Oceans. I then returned to my friends, and we returned to the center to have some lunch. We then returned to the university campus and packed our belongings, and waited for the bus to be ready. That night, the bus trip back to Belo Horizonte was started, a journey of more than thirty hours.
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