one more night in ponta negra
Tomorrow i am heading for fortaleza before the money runs out. I was waiting for sam to show up here in natal but if he´s not hear today then im off and running again. Ponta Negra has been very relaxing. i really have no idea what day i arrived and honestly i am not even sure what day it is today. Time seems to have lost all meaning here in northeastern brasil. If someone says they will meet you in half an hour expect to wait three. Its just the way of life here. It might have something to do with the extreme poverity of the area but i am not a student of such deep thoughts.
Today the plan is simple.. same as yesterday... which means sleep and then some more sleep. I am like the three puppies the hostel has. I just move from one spot to another. its bliss. So with a coconut in my hand and sleep on my eyelids i bid you all a very pleasant day or two...
Fortaleza at first glance out of the hostel is not the most beautiful city in brasil. (sorry samila) But where it lacks in at a glance beauty you can find more than enough in its culture and the beautiful people that live there. I am off to jericocaora in the morning but within the week i will be back hopefully to an apartment in fortaleza and a job teaching english. And possibly life in brasil is muito bom.
i learned how to windsurf today as well... not as easy as they make it look but fun once you get the hang of it.
back to the fort!
2004-09-26 to 2004-09-28
Well im back in fortaleza... Today i am spending deep in research about apartments and jobs... I am really starting to like this city... I think the next couple months will be very rewarding.
Update... I went to jericoacoara and came back the next day. Jeri was a cool little beach town with animals everywhere and whatnot and all the streets were sand. It´s like hippy central for northern brasil... well outside of salvador.
trip to date
5 hrs plane AZ-NY
10 hrs plane NY-SAO PAULO
16hrs bus SAO-FOZ DO IGUAÇU
23hrs bus FOZ-BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA
26hrs bus BUENOS AIRES-FLORIANOPOLIS
5hrs plane FLO-SALVADOR
17hrs bus SALVADOR-NATAL/PONTA NEGRA
8hrs buggy PONTA NEGRA-PRAIA DE PIPA (and back)
8hrs bus NATAL-FORTALEZA
7hrs bus FORTALEZA-JERI
7hrs bus JERI-FORTALEZA
making a grand total of 5 1/2 days
on a bus, plane or buggy in the 22 days!
Ibis hotel... not exactly the cheapest way to spend a couple nights but definitly comfortable and centrally located. SO tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow i move into my very own very first apartment. I am sooo excited.
Kinda cool that i will have my own apartment... Even cooler that it is in a different country!
aparmento and beyond
OK so I now have my very own very first apartment. And it is awesome. If i wasnt so incredibly lazy i would walk back get my camera and find an internet joint with computers that arent from 1890... Well that might be a little stretch but they are old school.
Moving on to other news it would appear that good ol Sam from idaho is going to move into the spare room so jake will have a roomie. That would be fantastic. Although I am happy alone as well its always cool to have another person around. I´ve taken a ton of pics since last time i plugged my camera in... man i should really load some new ones.... hm maybe tomorrow...
That kind of the attitude for everything here in north eastern brazil... No Stress... its a motto... or Xo Stress whatever that means... its on shirts and whatnot and i still havent figured out why its cool to replace the N with an X things i will never understand i guess.
Pleasant Valley Sunday hey....
OK so sam has moved in. I have a television now which means one thing MUSIC!!! I am very excited about this cause else sam and i would be walking around the apartment wearing headphones and carrying walkmans.
Anyway today is sunday and it would seem that everything except the restaurants... internet cafes and pharmacies are closed. Its pretty refreshing to know that there are places in the world that still observe one day a week off. Although all the churches that i`ve walked past today were locked up tight too soooo im not really sure what the deal is. Today we set out to get sam a cheap guitar and me a set of congos but since everything is closed I dont think we will be accomplishing this already difficult feat. Since sam doesnt want to pay more than 90 reals for a guitar and I dont want to pay more than 60 reals for congos... that is 30us and 20us respectively.
FARTHER UP AND FURTHER IN!!!
Well i woke up this morning with the all too familiar tugging at my chest. The feeling of knowing that I need to move on again soon. I mentioned this to sam and he was thinking the along the same lines. We decided to do a couple small trips to local beaches and then one big trip to the amazon before heading south again to Rio and Sao Paulo and whatnot. Probably in a couple weeks time. My money situation is getting increasingly difficult to deal with but it will all work out in the end.
goodbye sweet ceara
2004-10-17 to 2004-10-20
Well on sunday i said goodbye to my dear ceara and my friends there and ventured south to the capital Brasilia (50 hours on the bus)... Upon arrival I promptly changed my mind and after hanging my hammock up in the airport for a couple hours I bought a ticket to Sao Paulo. I love flying... its so much faster. Amazing. Anyway now I am staying with Evandro´s father in a very quaint apartment that while is very comfortable it makes me miss my beachfront villa de Iracema. Man that place was sweet. Ah well I guess I will just have to find one similiar in cali right? I am sure I can find one for the same price (250 a month) RIGHT.... So I went three days without a shower.. I am sure that is a record for me and now I am past tired and my body is yearning for the bed that is prepared for me.
Well here i sit in Sao Paulo... It´s raining outside and it looks beautiful.. I am going to go play in it in a little while cause i need to get some more stuff before deciding to go home. I think I gained 5-10 pounds the last couple days in evandros dads house. It is absolutely insane. At meal times i cannot look away from my plate for a minute without having more food heaped on to it. So when I get back to Phoenix I think some very long bike rides will be in order.
And this is Last Call people if you want something from brasil speak up now or hold your piece for another trip. I went to an Offspring show the other night. It was hilarious. I seriously think maybe 30-40 of the 800 some people there new any of the right words and good actually sing along in intelligible english. I bought some pirated FORRO cds so we can all have a big FORRO party when i get home. The reason i bought pirated cds is cause i need to support the local community ya know!
And soon after I flew home...