Moving on (again!)

We are in São Paulo airport. The plane was even later than for our connection on Tuesday, but this time we had three hours to play with. This will be our sixth flight, been here eight nights so far. I do hate flying!

Next stop Cuiaba. Like the other five cities we have landed in, a World Cup host next year. But it is wildlife in the Pantanal that we are looking for, especially jaguars! Six nights until our next flight, which is a relief. But may be forty degrees apparently- yuk!




Dave’s right, Salvador has a very strong African influence. The Portugese  brought slaves from Angola to work on sugar plantations after European diseases had killed off many of the indigenous people.

There is a lot of colour and music here because of the African influence! The houses are all brightly coloured.

There was a lot of squabbling by Europeans over territory here. The Dutch, French, Portugese, Spanish and Brits had a finger in the Salvador pie at some point!! I never knew that the Dutch traded New Amsterdam for Surinam because they thought they would get their hands on all of South America from Surinam. Unfortunately, they hit some bogs that thwarted progress!

There is a lift between higher and lower levels of the city, just like Lisbon.

Michael Jackson filmed a video here.

We enjoyed a complimentary cocktail, Caprihina!

They serve enormous breakfasts in your room, if you wish!


inserting photos driving me ad… Will try again later. For now photo free text!!

Greg 1 Val 0 !!!!

We’ve made it to Salvador…. But our luggage didn’t arrive with us!

Greg was sensible enough to put clean clothes in his hand luggage, but I did this mornings tour in yesterday’s clothes! Don’t scratch and sniff any photos!

Our connection in Brasilia was only ever going to be an hour and we were half an hour late leaving Manaus! We had to leg it through the terminal and arrived at the gate with them late-calling us and get on a plane already boarded. There was a naughty step feel to it! Just 4 minutes from leaving one plane to getting on the next.

The luggage arrived ok this morning!

They really know how to party here! EVERY Tuesday is party night! They had live music and dancing in the local square last night. We had nothing to unpack, so we went to listen, and ended up having dinner in the square at 11pm.

Swimming in tea

I know the picture looks like I’m paddling but I really swam. The river negro is coloured by tannins so it was like swimming in a cup of tea! It was warm too, a 10 minute old cup of tea!image

It was quite a long trip to the merging/un merging rivers. But impressive to see. We both first came across the phenomenon on Blue Peter in the 70s ( ahhh!)image
Looks like caramel and chocolate sauce streaming side by side.

We had a fruitless night trip looking for caymans. They were all hiding from us.There was a little one waiting when we got backimage

Polly joined us for breakfast!image

They have a unique toilet seat experience here. They are inflatable akin to whoopee cushions, leaving you wondering whence came the noise!