Still BD here. Today was officially the first day of summer, and we sure noticed the hot sun and humidity. We did some touristy things today including the Mercado Modelo, Pelourinho, and Bonfim. We took advantage of being inside museums and churches when possible where it was at least shady. When the Portuguese settled in Brazil, they landed just a bit south of Salvador and then quickly started building up Salvador into the bustling city that it is today. At the time, their biggest threat besides the occasional pirate (see below) was the Dutch. So they built all kinds of fortresses to guard the city. For protection, the "Forte de São Marcelo" is right out in the bay below the Governor's Palace.
|Forte de São Marcelo (no pirates here)|
|Façade of the 3rd order São Francisco church|
|Convent plaza of the 1st order São Francisco church|
Ahh, the Pelourinho, beautiful colonial Portuguese architecture, colorful houses, and Afro-Brazilian drum beats seem to be emanating from the buildings on every street. Apparently, the Bahian sunshine brings out the pirate in Gina.
Now for my highlight of the day - Açaí. I've been craving the taste of real Açaí ever since I left. This purple fruit from the Amazon and Northern Brazil has quite the odd flavor but is somehow addicting. Gina's first taste was a success! Although she had to take the edge off of the flavor with a little bit of banana blended in. And don't forget the granola on top.
I have to make mention of a few of Gina's observations:
- When driving, you can get away with anything as long as you honk your horn. (the lines in the road are only there for looks)
- When walking, you can get away with all sorts of jaywalking with a quick thumbs-up, magically stopping oncoming cars.
- Brazilians give the best hugs.
- The local practice of 2-3 showers a day is not only necessary but mandatory.
- Humidity makes her puffy. She claims.