Made it out of the big cities for a few days at least. Spent the last 24 hours in Salvador. Truely an amazing place. Very European with narrow cobblestone streets, and Vatican like churches, catacombs, tunnels etc. It is a big port town and is tough and grity. Very scary after dark. Found a little Portaguese / English speaking French girl who felt sorry for me. We toured the city together and she got me to the bus station and out of town. No doubt, I would have had great difficulty with out her help.
It was a long haul - just over 24 hours on the bus getting to Salvador and basically a sleepless night there. Left at 6:00pm tonight for a fishing village / tourist stop called Praia do Forte. Looks great in the guide book. It was dark when I arrived so I don´t really know what the place looks like. Got the last bunk in the only hostel in town, hope to stay here for at least a couple days and get recharged. Am tired of being scared. Hopefully can hang on the beach for a couple days and relax.