Destination Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia.
The return trip by boat from Itaparica Island to Salvador.
Wednesday July 26, 5.30 pm.
Itaparica Island is located in Baia de Todos os Santos (All Saints’ Bay), at a few kilometers distance from downtown Salvador. The island is popular among tourists because of the beautiful beaches. Below a photographic impression of Ponta da Areia late in the afternoon. The boat trip from the island to downtown Salvador.
Flip flop pillow
Despite the delays, we were only fifteen minutes behind the scheduled time. The car, arranged by our kombi drivers, was much faster and more comfortable than the kombi. And again, seven people fit in the car. During this ride, Carol sat on my lap. We arrived at the quay at five-thirty, and we quickly went to the pay desk to buy our fare tickets. It soon became darker; it was already completely dark at six. It soon became chilly too, thanks to the water. Instead of staying on deck, we now preferred to sit in the compartment. Some of us managed to lie down even. Igor had put his rubber flip flops under his head, as a kind of pillow. How creative!
Others used their bags, and Carol had another solution: she laid her head on my lap, while she was lying down on the bench. I sat comfortably enough, and dozed during the boat trip. Also Carol appeared to be in Dreamland. The boat made some movements on the water; in our opinion, a bit more than in the morning. But when the eyes are closed, it is not a big deal. That morning, I already had advised some friends to stare at an infinite point, when they start to feel nauseated. The body then reacts less heftily than when the eyes are opened. They admitted, to their slight surprise, that this easy trick had worked for them. It is not bad to have some basic knowledge of fist aid…
Some of us suffered some nausea during the boat trip. Their stomachs were still full of fried fish, rice, and beer. They climbed on the deck to get some fresh air. The humming of the diesel engine and the constant movement of the boat had a sleepy effect: many of us were dozing or sleeping during the trip. Also the salty air might have contributed to sleepiness. Only when the engine made less noise, when the boat was approaching the quay in Salvador, most of us shook awake. They were visibly relieved when their feet touched the quay stones. When I made a picture of this moment, many of them tried their best to show a faint smile on their pale faces. Also Carol felt very delighted when she put her feet on the solid cobble stones. The adventurous boat adventure was ended.
We walked past Mercado Modelo, towards the Lacerda Elevator. It was already seven, far too late to return to our pousada in Barra, to take a shower and take some rest. We had to leave the idea of a refreshing shower with perfumed soap, followed by the application of various body lotions and perfumes. We now had to continue the night without having showered, and now carrying the mixed smell of sunburn cream, salty air and some sweaty smell. Uncommon for most Brazilians. But we could not miss a single minute of the music night that was about to happen that Wednesday night. That is why we stayed in Pelourinho, even without a fresh smell. We entered the elevator that quickly brought us to the top of the slope, and we went to Terreiro de Jesus. Near this giant square was a half-open stage for a free concert: Quarta da Paz (Wednesday of Peace). We arrived there early, the area started to be crowded by dozens of music lovers. Soon the entire space was filled completely. We were ready for the start of this music festival.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom
- Travel in Brazil: SALVADOR (34). Ponta de Areia Beach, Itaparica Island (insiderbrazil.wordpress.com)
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- Travel in Brazil: SALVADOR (32). Boat Trip To Itaparica Island I (insiderbrazil.wordpress.com)