Month: November 2009

Convenience

Hallelujah, I’m moving to a new house in salvador. Maybe these last 2 weeks will be exceedingly better than this first week that I spent lost, waiting for buses, missing buses, sitting on buses, and being in not so favorable situations in bus terminals at night. I wasted so much time lost/waiting/riding last week and just feeling defeated by this incomprehensible system in general. It didn’t help that in order to get home I had to take the most random and rare buses to get to and fro. But problem solved, I’m moving into the city, into rio vermelho, TOMORROW! I can walk to capoeira training, I can easily take a bus into the center and to the pelourinho, and I can walk to the 24 hour suco place—even better. I just may be broke now since I have to pay another rent and am not sure I’ll get any of the money back from the lady I’m living with now, even though I should since I only stayed a week, but whatever, I’ll make …

Juice only diet

Okay, So I take it back, well sort of. I don’t really care if I don’t have much of a night life while I’m here in salvador, but I wish that was my choice and not because of circumstance. I’m so tired of trying to get back and forth to this house in Paralela. I wish I had just opted for an apartment instead of a homestay, but the homestay sounded nice, they just neglected to tell me it was practically in another city. The taxi home from the pelourinho was hella expensive. The guy originally said 40 reais, but a friend of a friend got it down to 30 reais. It’s still not okay. I’m going to have to eat less (which is turning out not to be an issue really) and use my food money for cab fare so that I can at least enjoy part of my night life here. [AND: as I’m sitting here in an internet cafe writing this, some man sitting beside me is looking at a whole bunch …

Finally in Salvador

I’ve been in Salvador for a week now. The apartment that we stayed in for the first week with the program was incredible! We were right on the beach and the apartment overlooked the beautiful blue green water on one side and the farol (light house) on the other. So many mornings we got up and just walked on the beach or laid down for a bit before we had lectures. Monday was free for us because of all souls day so we discovered the beauty of açai here. Getting açai with bananas and granola in a big bowl has become one of my favorite things to do now. In addition to the 24 hour juice places around the city and the beiju (tapioca), I now consume dumb amounts of açai. Tuesdays in the Pelourinho are the big nights (terça-negra is what its called), but this tuesday was the exception. The director of Olodum (a bloco afro, the drumming ensemble you would know from Michael Jackson’s video “They don’t really care about us”) died the …