18:30 - It looked like it might be a little cooler today...but no such luck :-)! Another hot day here in Salvador. I got up late by normal standards, had breakfast and then wondered around the Pelourinho doing a little souvenir shopping. This is really the last big town I'll be in before flying back. I doubt there will be any big shopping areas in Jerico. I then treated myself to a relatively luxurious lunch (paying 30 dollars for a plate of chicken and water it's daylight robbery), in an 'Italian' place near the hotel which has a pretty enchanting view, it's clean and uses proper tablecloths and napkins :-). I then dropped off the results of my shopping at the Pousada and waited for Andrea (same guide of the previous 2 days) to pick me up for a last look at the historical side of Salvador. As luck would have it there was no italian or english speaker available in the morning, so he offered to guide me in the afternoon instead. We first went o Barra where there's a fortress built by the portuguese and a well known beach. We then drove through Vittoria, an expensive residential area where the wealthy live. We eventually, of course, ended up in the Pelourinho. It was here, in the square of the La Cerda elevator that connects the high town to the low town, that Salvador, the first capital of Brazil, was founded. In this square the's the old town hall, just across from the elevator. We then visited the Cathedral in Terriero de Jesus square, and Sao Francisco church. Sao Francisco is very particular as it is all golden...beautiful. Next to it there's a faceade that was originally hidden by the free masons but was discovered and brought back to almost its original glory. We stopped one of the local vendors and bought some juice made out of coconut water and lime...very nice. The Pelourinho is well pratrolled by military and ordinary police as it is surrounded by dodgy and very poor areas (one of which houses my Pousada). There were a lot of people about today, as a cruise ship had docked in Salvador. Tonight I should be following Andrea's advice of going to Rio Vermelio, but I tell you: even in London, would I normally go crawling bars on my own??? Let's not be ridiculous. I'll just have to come back with friends to visit again :-). Instead, I'll be eating up the road from here and watching a movie later. And of course, I'll be packing. Tomorrow I leave for Jericoacoara. To get there it's a little bit of a treck. I fly first to Fortaleza, sleep, and then get picked up for a 7 hour bus ride the next morning at 7.30. All in all it will take a day and a half to arrive (and the same to come back :-) ).