Itacaré e legal

São Jose beach - Itacaré

São Jose Beach in Itacaré

the other night i came home to shower since we had been at the beach all day (what’s new). earlier in the day i had hand washed a few garments since i packed ultra light for my one week visit to Itacaré — a small town approximately 10 hours south of salvador via bus. yes, i took the bus for 10 hours on monday night so i could spend some brazil time with a friend who has a gorgeous home here but also lives in new york city.

if anyone worries about me being here alone, no need to worry about that. HOWEVER, i need ALL the prayer i can get when it comes to travelling by bus — onibus or otherwise. do not – and i repeat – do not get caught in the street when a bus is coming in your direction. you will be killed on the spot. in bahia (maybe all of brazil), vehicles rule – no question. my trip to the rodoviario or bus station was thrilling to say the least. i would consider riding the bus the equivalent to a roller coaster ride. there is just one thing, you are not in an amusement park, this is for real. the entire 45 minute trip was down right scary as they say in the US south.

when training bus drivers in bahia, the rules must be:
– anything goes
– drive as fast as you wish
– stop if you feel like it
– barely slow down when retrieving passengers, and
– hit ANYTHING that comes in your way – or at least attempt to hit anything !

and surprisingly, i have not seen one bus accident since my arrival.  i am still alive and that is what matters!

Painting from an art show we attended

Painting from an art show we attended

so it has been nearly a week since i arrived to my friends’ place (Rosalie, Christophe and Vincent) and as you will see in the photographs, i have been blessed once again. a place very different from the beaches of salvador, Itacaré contains one main road (Pituba) and several — perhaps hundreds — of beaches. it is a tiny yet bustling town full of die-hard surfers from every nationality, wandering spirits, and local residents who want a simple life and LOVE the beach. oh, and this is the place for reggae enthusiasts and mixed couples for sure, very different from salvador.

Eliana and me

Eliana and me

oh i lost track of my thoughts, so the other night i searched the clothesline in the yard and was struck by what the night sky had to offer. brilliance. pure brilliance. so many stars and it was as if i could grab each one and place them gently in my pocketbook (another southern word for purse). unable to move, i thought to myself: you do not know anything KalaLea, that is the only thing you know for sure. here i stood in the midst of a mini-forest (there is a lot of land around the property), and earlier, i had spent the entire day in the ocean with all sorts of life forms. i am a small itty bitty part of this grandiose universe. in this moment, i found myself awestruck by what hovered above my head — another place full of mystery.

Lakes at São Jose beach

Lakes at São Jose beach

in new york city, i miss seeing the stars. i am aware of their presence but it is rare to see them shine their bright lights in the city. so for the remainder of my stay, i will walk with my head in the sky and trust that a bus will not hit me 🙂

Amelie (my little emu)

Amelie (my little emu)

i could call this a real family vacation since my friends have a three and a half year old daughter, Amelie, i call her my little emu (pequeno ema). she is larger than life and is convinced that she will be able to fly one day. and then there is pedro, an actor and comedian for sure. amelie and pedro are first cousins. pedro and his mother are visiting from são paolo for the month. the two paler guys are my french buddies who, like myself, have fallen in love with brazil. christophe came to brazil for work over 15 years ago and has not left since. rosalie and christophe have been married for fourteen years – something like that.

Amelie's cousin - Pedro
Amelie’s cousin – Pedro

we have been together — in the car, at the beach, at the kilo spot, on the deck — just chillin’. my portuguese is all fucked up now since i have been listening to french most of the time with some portuguese words sprinkled in between the Alors, Mais Ouis, and Doncs.

São Jose beach in Itacaré

São Jose beach in Itacaré

Like my new hat? Just kidding.

Like my new hat? Just kidding.

The deck of my friend's house

The deck of my friend's house

Rosalie, Christophe e Eliana

Rosalie, Christophe e Eliana

A day at the beach with the kiddies

A day at the beach with the kiddies

so as i previously mentioned, pedro is a total ham and super dramatic ! on the way to itacare, their plane experienced some major turbulence and everyone was panicked. it’s a scary thing if/when it happens and different people have totally different reactions. pedro began to scream, ‘Nos vamos morrer!’, which means We are going to die! pedro is hilarious and a ball of energy. his mother said that she had to keep herself from cracking up while explaining to him the severity of his words. he retracted and begin to yell, ‘Nos nao vamos morrer!’.  We are NOT going to die!

i see that it is growing warmer in New York…that’s terrific. wishing you well and i look forward to chatting with you soon!

Life is grand !

Life is grand !

one last thing, my brain has been going all week and for those of you, who do not wish to spend anymore cold winters in the States and would prefer to be on the beach, then i have a plan. i will share this in one of the following posts.

Eliana needs a good waxin'

Eliana needs a good waxin'

beijosãos (that means big kisses)

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Anu Prestonia
    Feb 05, 2009 @ 13:09:33

    All I can say is Wow! Sounds like paradise…

    Reply

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