Salvador da Bahia
Salvador/Bahia, the black heart of Brazil is situated at the northeast coast. The city at the All-Saints-Day bay is probably the most exotic and eccentrically city in whole Brazil. More than 60% of the population are descendants of the black slaves from Africa and accordingly formed is the life here. Everywhere you can find African rites, cult and religion. From here come also the world-famous music group "Olodum" with its drums and the Capoeira that reflects the soul of the black Bahia again. Salvador, called also the black Rome, has many gold filled churches. The most famous is the church of the Hl. Francesco. It is over and over covered and decorated by gold.
Salvador’s up town, Pelourinho is the largest closed quarter of baroque architecture. The Elevator Lacerda connects it with the downtown, with its markets and harbour facilities.
When we had booked our 14 days “last minute trip" we did not know which would expect us at all. We didn’t know anything about Salvador. In the acceptance that all over South America, the Spanish language is spoken, we bought a Spanish dictionary for our trip. But just before we take off, we find out, very surprised, that in Brazil the Portuguese language is spoken. We were fascinated of Salvador by the first view. Here was exotic at its best, black beautiful and cheerful people, a lively multicoloured old part of town, fantastic long beaches, music and the Afro Brazilian culture inspired us.
During a trip to the backcountry we saw the other side of Brazil. There were slums at the outskirts of the town and a deep poverty and misery also in the country. These places are really at the “end of the world”.
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