19:20 - Kazo last night was great. Lovely Japanese, fresh fish. This morning despite not setting the alarm, I woke up at around 7.30, had breakfast at 8.30 and wonded down to the beach to spend a quiet day relaxing. And I did that for a couple of hours. But I had forgotten to bring a book with me somI was a little bored and did something hat had been suggested to me by a girl working in the Posada. I took a surfing lesson! Now, if any of you know me, you will know that the last time I tried something new (snowboarding), I ended up hurting my wrist and not being able to use it for 6 weeks! So after a little practice out of the water as to how to get upmand stand on the board, we took it to the water. The balancing lieing on the board I managed quite well :-). But that is all. The instructor pushed me onto several waves and told me to stand up. The first one, I just rode lieing on the board :-). The second one, I was on my knees (quite enjoyable really). On the third and fourth attempts I just kept falling off whilst trying, but finally, without doing any of the things I was taught to do, I stood for about 5 seconds :-). And that was it, I was not able to repeat it for the rest of the lesson. I think at my age there are things I have to accept that I'll never be able to do :-))). I had lunch at Naturalmente again (the crepes are to die for). I did forget to mention that it suddenly started to rain at around 2pm...it stopped after a half hour. No one seemed tomtake any notice of it and carried on doing whatever they were doing :-). It was more like drizzle really. To finish off the day, I went horse riding on the dunes for the sunset. It would have been ever so relaxing except for the Brasilian guide wanting to speak all the time (in Portuguese). He pretty much told me his life story (and I tell you that for me to understand it took a huge amountof effort). Honestly, I'll be cruelly honest, I didn't care. I just wanted him to shut up. But he didn't and for an hour and a half as I was admiring the panorama, he asked questions, talked etc. The dunes, the sea, the setting in general are outstanding. By the time we got back it was pitch dark. I caught up with the world by reading a cople of emails and I am now in my room taking a little break before popping out for some food. I feel pretty tired. It's been a busy day. Not in your London going to the office kind of way, but busy anyways :-).
22:30 - I should have known something was up during the horse riding...no one has ever thought I was a natural rider before :-). I was walking towards the restaurant alley when the horse guide came up to me and offered a lift to the centre of town in the horse buggy. All the way I had to listen to him basically propositioning me in Portuguese. This even after I had magically made a boyfriend and a child appear (both waiting for me back home)! Let me tell you those 5 minutes seemed like a lifetime. He came out with stuff like: well you are in Brasil, you are such a nuce person, I take the whole package (the child too), tell me you like me a little bit, etc...he went on and on...the effort of understanding what he was going on about has given me a headache!!! Let's hope it doesn't make the last 3 days uncomfortable as he works for the Pousada.
Once in the main square, I was tempted to just go back to the same Japanese as last night but actually went to Tamarind. It was quite nice. The menu had sonething for everybody, even a very crisp and thin pizza. After dinner I made my way back to Vila Bela Vista and saw the buggy waiting for someone (I guess one of the other guests of the Pousada). I quickly walked by so as to avoid any further contact with the guide for today at least.
Tomorrow morning I should be going on a trip to some lagoons on a sand buggy...can't wait!