just arrived with the bus from Porto Seguro, already 2,5 weeks have
gone by. Feeling delighted, going to visit my friend Phillip, from
Wednesday, when I arrived in Porto Seguro, a crazy adventure began.
Chantal and I had a great time, and still have, as she’s with me
here in Salvador.
first night in Porto Seguro, we went for a drink on the boulevard
and ended up on the most beautiful beach party I have ever been.
Trance and techno music, full on. Next day, with a hangover, boat
trip and bus trip to Trancoso. A place I’ve heard of, a place where
to relax… (I was looking,
dreaming for a place where you got a little bungalow on the beach
and a couple of days of vacation, doing nothing, beach, see, sleep,
read…. You know; Relax.)
And so we
arrived in this magic place, filled with a lot of Karma and energy.
enough that I didn’t leave until now.)
I got what I
wished for, a holiday.
There are so
many nice people and a perfect spot to get used to the Brazilian
lifestyle; we need an education if we want to understand these
people, there way of thinking and communicating. It’s so different,
if you ask me.
daily rhythm alone goes like working, sleeping, eating and after 12
() you go out. Chantal
and I didn’t make it every night, staying in bed when the alarm
clock tried to pull us out at night, luckily, but we made it to some
of the typical Forroh-parties.
We know almost
everybody in Trancoso (not difficult because it is very small), made
lot’s of friends, have a place to go back too whenever and loads of
memories that will definitely change my perspective on
Marcos and Zil,
a couple that sells chocolate, self made souvenirs and play in a
band were our first friends, soon it all exploded into a whole
Than we met Ana
Lucia, a super girl, grew up in the Amazon and travelled to many
countries as well, fine art certificate, a -now living in
As we wanted to
visit Caraiva (a more remote indigenous place close to Trancoso),
she suggested to go together.
everybody, we ended up sleeping in a friend’s house, getting
introduced to locals and being surprisingly spoiled.
Walking on the
beach of Caraiva, wondering, a helicopter seems to fly over
Who’s that we
the helicopter comes back and lands 20
meters further away on the beach???
Hand signs our
way, I stood up and Ana too.
Cris, people we were introduced to the day before, (Caraiva is even
smaler), and Ana knew this Cris from 5 years ago, asked us if we
wanted to join them???
a dream, images like in movies, we got a helicopter flight above one
of the most beautiful coastlines in
Brazil. Flying closely above
the waves, over the indigenous Indian villages, the coral reefs,
beaches and rock formations….
I did NOT
But there I
was, front seat next to this extremely rich guy, having the best
option to explore the beauty of this place. Lunabel had is own
helicopter, flying this machine perfectly, I was impressed.
Caraiva is a secret pearl on the
Brazilian coast. Not many people have invaded this place yet,
hopefully it remains like this, but on the other hand, it’s a place
you don’t forget to visit passing through Bahia.No cars, no light after 12,
hardly any noise or pollution, beautiful people living in nice
little houses. A place you reach by canoe (or helicopter???) in the
middle of nature.
Going back to
Trancoso, we stayed a week longer with Ana in her beautiful old
painting and drawing and made my first real Pastel. A couple of days
of creativity where liberating and I already miss the strong energy
of that place.
28th of September, La
Canadian introduction already
It’s great to see my family here in
Canada. First time
opportunity to visit them in there new lives. Besides my nieces and
nephew growing like cowl… they are pretty impressive in their daily
From school to gymnasium and football
games, to Aikido, to coaching…
It’s been a while I’ve seen them and
so fulfilling to finally catch up with them.
It does make me hungry to see my
brother, mom, dad and sister too.
Today the last month has started… the
28th of October I’ll be arriving @ Brussels
somewhere in the morning. Exciting.
Where was I? Salvador…
Until I reached the beautiful island Itaparica, I had to endure the
busyness and hugeness of Salvador. Phi was great showing us
around and taking us out almost every night, but the city itself,
except for Pelourinho (the Historic Centrum), was just not that
pleasant. Arriving there, I was already convinced to stay a bit
longer because of the house Phi has built on the Island in Salvador bay,
swimming pool and sun guaranteed. Have to say, it doesn’t take me
long to hesitate about such a suggestion.
This was great, Chantal and I
remained a couple of days, relaxing @ pool and
We cleaned the whole swimming pool
and the house. Made ourselves the best caiparinhas and enjoyed our
last days in the Brazilian sun.
The night I had to leave for Rio
(which I did by plane instead of a 29 hour bus journey = same price)
we went out in Salvador again and I ended up not
feeling so great this trip. Never will I go drunk on a plane again.
I did not get sick, wish I could, would have been better all the
One day in Rio I went out to get some
stuff I left behind and back to the airport to get my flight to
Second night without a bed…
NYC. Not to be sarcastic, first thing
arriving there; 3 US Dollars to use a little trolley for luggage
stuff??? Of course I thought where else would you? Question at
Information Desk, shuttle provided to get to the other airport from
where my flight to Detroit would leave later in the
afternoon? Yes 13 dollars… and so friendly. ?!
Got there after a while, checked in
straight away, had about 8 hours to go and see some of Manhattan. One
trick here is …”play stupid and keep smiling”!
Eventually I could admire the
skylines and streets where to look up all the time, trying not to
pay any attention to people’s attitude and disinterest in each
other. I guess the South American vibes in opposite to this is the
most abrupt change ever. It will have made it look worse than it
Quit amazing dough how high and
massive New York
City really is. Also will this place not be
the best reference for the USA as a whole.
Time Square was the first I saw after taking busses and Subways Down
town. From there I started walking around towards 5th
avenue to pass the EmpireState building.
A bit further I took another subway to BrooklynBridge, City
Visiting the place where the WTC used
to be. Powerful site being prepared for an even higher more
A last walk towards Battery Park
City, from where far away The Liberty Statue can be
On my way back I visited a Native
American Museum and had to get back to the airport, not wanting to
risk anything. But my luck was over, starting to have a problem with
my day pass, not allowing me on the subway for 20 minutes. Than the
train didn’t stop on the 82nd or 74th street
from where my bus was leaving towards La Guardia
Passing 4 more stops before being
able to take another train back to my desired place. Already loosing
1 hour time, I took a cab in stead of the bus, to make sure I was on
Every stop light red, getting
nervous, boarding time started… I was 5 minutes before take off, so
too late and missed my flight. Cab driver got me by demanding 25
dollars, while counter was indicating 10.
Luckily the lady behind the counter
was compassionate and gave me a new ticket without charges. I still
had to wait till next morning.
Crazy stuff, looking for a place to
stay… at least 130 $ for a simple room/night.
Back into town to look for a Hostel
or something alike, trying to find something a bit cheaper at least…
every single Hostel was full booked of course. Exhausted I was sleep
walking, dreaming of a bed to sleep in. But I remained on the
airport once back there, trying to rest in those chairs, impossible
to lie on because of the metal leanings in
I made it dough, very happy to see my
family picking me up in Detroit,
about 1 hour from La Salle, Windsor, Canada.
All the space to rest and relax,
still warm and sunny as well…
Canada seems to be a sincerely taken care of environment. After
a week or two with my family I think I’ll catch a train up to
Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Niagara Falls.
On the 15th I’ll fly to
Vancouver, British Colombia.