Weather in the spring
The spring of 2006 sepember to december was somewhat unusual. It continued raining through october, with many coldfronts with continuing storms coming in. Normally this stormy weather stops mid-september.Related to:
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Flimsy Plastic Cups
This isnt really a danger... just something to point out. Brazillians tend to use these really flimsy plastic cups to put your drinks in... on the street or in clubs. Literally you are handed the cup and if you wrap your hands around the middle of the cup it dents inwards and if you aren't careful your drink will spill over!
So always aske for two cups!Related to:
- Women's Travel
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acaraje. danger or maybe pleasure of mouth?
If you walk out to the street, you will see those ladies in traditinal looking dress making tasty looking sandwiches. hmm I was there very hungry, so I went to them, and asked what that was. of course, I ended up feeling the language barrier once again. and decided just to try it.
yes I did try it. but.. hmmmmmmmmmmmm
I gotta say.. it wasn't my cup of tea. =)
the girl I met in Bahia said she can't stop eating it cause it's just too delicious for her. the sandwich itself has more than 1000 kcal, which is pretty fattening, still she can't stop eating it cause it's too nice.
I didn't think I would ever like it like her does, cause.. it has got really weird, strong smell. I heard that even in brazil, some don't ever eat it.
but again.. eating aracaje gave me good taste of difference of two cultures. maybe thoe weird differences are somethings that my travel was for.. =)
Porto da Barra Kvicksand
I advise anyone who loves the pleasure of just enjoying life, being,and doing absolutely nothing, to place your visit to Barra at the end of your trip, as the chance of you getting stuck in the "kvicksand atmosphere" is very likely. Before you even blink, 3 weeks will pass!!Related to:
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Beware of sunburn!
You'll forget time once you are basking under the sun at Porto da Barra beach! I am officially a tan-orexic, and gets grumpy when I don't get enough sun, so my skin is pretty much used to it and hardly gets sunburned. But at Porto da Barra, I got lost in time and I did get a sunburn! ;o) ... I think the bronzer sold there too is pretty strong ;o) ... so just a caution ;o)
Poverty and Crime
The one negative thing about Salvador is the enormous poverty of many of its inhabitants. In Pelhouirino be prepared to be followed everywhere you go by hordes of begging street children– you will often have children come up to your table if you are eating outside to ask for food. This can be very difficult emotionally as it is impossible to give money and/or food to all of them. There are also areas that are strictly off limits to foreigners because they are considered dangerous. Pelhourino has many policemen patrolling the area (basically just to protect the tourists) who will come after you if you wander down certain streets to warn you that it is not safe. Although we truly loved Salvador and made some wonderful friends there, these aspects of the city became very wearing and we were glad to leave for our quiet island part of the trip after three days.
Look out where you step!
The main danget in Salvador is not the security, its thepavement of the old city, it is done with irregular stops and as there are streets up the hill or downards, it is easy to put your feet in betwen two stones and fall down the road.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Most bahian (salty) dishes are...
Most bahian (salty) dishes are prepared with dende oil. Dende is a special kind of palm tree (Elaeis guineensis, Jacq., Monocotiledonae, Palmae) and its oil is very thick and strong. Moqueca, Acaraje, Vatapa, Abara, all of those are fried in dende oil or have it in its composition. The thing is, it takes time to get your tummy used to this oil. So when you eat any of those dishes, be sure everything in your intestins is in order and eat nothing else that's strong the same day. Make sure the food was not re-heated, if you eat acaraje look at the pan where the lady is frying them - the oil must be black with an orange-brownish aureole. There should be an onion in the pan too, frying. The onion will help the flavour and your intestins as well. Don't eat acaraje on the beach or somewhere you can see the dow's been standing for the whole day. You have to eat the acaraje when it's still hot.
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