After leaving the south east coast we ventured up to Sao Paulo...what a city HUGE...urban sprawl at its best!! It´s very Europeanised so we just looked like locals...until we opened our mouths of course...and then out comes a jumbled Spanish/Portuguese/English dribble with a touch of sign language just to really make us look like pros!!! Really enjoyed Sao Paulo despite being constantly warned of it´s many dangers!! It just so happened that our hotel was right in the heart of the red light district...now we know why they had rooms available by the hour!!
We´ve spent the last four days in Salvador, which is in the Bahian state on the north east coast. There´s a really big Afro-Brazilian community up here...fantastic atmosphere..there is always something going on!! Loving the Capoeria (martial arts/dance) the guys are so amazing...makes me miss combat!! We decided that we too could have those rock hard abs..surely it can´t be that difficult..well actually it is when our staple diet is all you can eat buffets along with caipirinhas and cervezas!!
Had the priviledge to watch yet another religious ceremony, this time of the Candomble religion..combination of African and Indian beliefs. Don´t want to freak some you out but basically it was watching possessions and expelling of evil energies!! Fascinating stuff!!
We head further down the coast tonight, hoping to get some diving in before heading to Rio!