So here we are in Brazil after an uneventful journey, sleeping tablets worked a treat and we just sailed through from Lisbon to Fortaleza…its the only way to fly. As we arrived late Sat night it was Sunday morning when we walked down the neverending prom on Iracema beach and it was just mad there. So many people , it was like walking in New York, vendors on every corner selling their wares and the smell of meat being barbequed even though it was only 11am. It was a kaleidescope of colours as the Brazillians love to wear all the colours of the rainbow…together. Samba music playing everywhere and the sun was up….thats the other thing about Brazil everyone is up and out at 5am, the sun is shining at 7 and its pitch dark at 5.30pm. The temperatures are between 27-30 degrees day and night, all year round…..heavenly! and the water in the ocean is warm! Fortaleza is just under the equator and on the south atlantic coast. Not the nicest of Cities, its a mass of concrete skyscrapers in the inner city but has this great beach where the whole City seems to congregate at weekends. People are friendly and helpful but speak no english at all outside of the Hotels. We are making our way with sign language and obscene gestures.
After two days in Fortaleza we decided to rent a car and take off down South. This tiny Chevrolet was delivered with 4 doors no power steering and no radio. Off we went with Caleb wrestling the steering wheel at every corner Stevie holed up in the back seat and me navigating. Stevie drew crowds around us on the promenade with his white cane. They thought we were a circus act!
Driving outside of the City was like going back in time. The roads are a bit of a nightmare with pot holes the size of footballs and some roads seem to fall off into dirt tracks in places As Brazil is getting ready to host the World cup in 2014 they are rebuilding the roads but its a work in progress at the moment. The ox and cart is still going strong in rural parts and we saw one guy with his mobile number written on the side of the cart! Lots off dudes hanging around holding up the walls and most rural houses are just huts. We arrived in Natal 2 days later after getting 3 punctures and 2 new tyres.
We rented an apartment here in |Natal overlooking the beach and at the moment we are just chilling out and finding our way….would you beleive it we found a Carrefour here yesterday and spent a few hours there, its exactly like the one in estepona!
Hope everyone is well at home and if Martin McGuinness becomes President we will definitely stay here.
Boa Noite from Brazil
Sheila Caleb and Stevie