Why I Love Salvador Da Bahia, Brazil – Part 3

THE NON-BRAZILIANS I’ve met I luv em too…

Natasha, who I thought was a complete NUT upon first meeting, but warmed to in about 5 seconds and made a repeat trip with.

Sasha, the British guy who I met through the rogue that rented me the dodgy apartment last time. Despite how we met (Read HERE if you don’t know! He turned out to be alright. LOL

Shay and Iya whom I met for the first time in an airport on Christmas day. From leaving the airport in the afternoon distressed and sans luggage to one of the best Christmas nights ever. I must say I have never spent a Christmas Night on a street corner and who could have known it could be so much fun!

This picture was taken in Lauro De Freitas (a town on the outskirts of Salvador) on Christmas Day 2006 with Sasha, Iya and Shay:

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Anastacia with whom we had a bundle of laughs with the year before last

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I LUV you all!

I LUV THE CULTURE

I LUV Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art, game, and culture created by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the 17th Century] Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, subterfuge, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Throughout the game, a player must avoid a sweep, trip, kick, or head butt that may knock him or her on the floor.

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Nothing better than seeing buffed bodies, hues from honey to coal… lover-ly

I LUV the presence of Candomblé, although I am not a practioner I can appreciate it. Candomble is entrenched in this city. On New Years Eve practically the whole city turns out in white (to represent new beginnings), lighting votive candles set into depressions in the sand on the beach, and tossing flowers into the sea in offering to Yemanjá, the mother of the sea. (Candomblé is an African-inspired or Afro-Brazilian religion, practiced chiefly in Brazil. The religion originated in the city of Salvador, the capital of Bahia. Candomblé draws inspiration from the African Diaspora, but it mainly features aspects of the Yoruba Orisha religion. Orishas are religious deities that are said to represent human characteristics such as bravery, love and honor. Although originally confined to the slave population, banned by the Catholic church, and even criminalized by some governments, Candomblé thrived for over four centuries, and expanded considerably after the end of slavery in the late 1800s. About 2 million Brazilians (1.5% of the total population) have declared Candomblé as their religion. However, in Brazilian culture, religions are not seen as mutually exclusive, and thus many people of other faiths participate in Candomblé rituals regularly or occasionally. Candomblé deities, rituals, and holidays are now an integral part of Brazilian folklore.)

Yemanja Parade:

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I LUV the music

Samba

Axe

Forro

Bossa Nova

Funky

Even though I can’t dance to samba to save my life I do love it. Remember THIS?

Caetano Veloso

Ivete Sanglete

Timbalada

Chiclete

Edu Ribeiro

My dear Mc Leozinho

I LUV Pelourinho

Pelourinho is the Old City, the old heart of Salvador, with colonial-era buildings and winding cobblestone streets that are steeped in a rich history. Every day and night is bustling with people culminating in a big party night on a Tuesday night.

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I LUV THE SUN

… that makes me look like I’ve been tangoed…

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For the sake of brevity… I’mma end this here! So now you all know why I LUV Salvador!

Please note… some of these photos have been nicked…

Comments

  1. Don't tell me you haven't been to Rio yet ?!

  2. Nope not stepped foot in Rio… Not even in the airport!

  3. Ekua says:

    I adore Salvador and the Bahia, what an amazing place. Rio is overrated ;)

  4. I mean I can't compare because I haven't been to Rio but just from what people have said I can just feeel that Bahia is where I need to be lol

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