Jan 18, 2000
A beautiful city full of 17th century building, art and music 24 hours a day. Unfortunately it is also full of poverty, crime and violence.
I arrived at 7am after taking an overnight 11 hour bus ride. I felt still a little sick when I arrived, and took a nap. However as the day progressed I felt sicker and sicker and got a fever that slowly rose to just over 100 degrees. I spent all day in bed sleeping as much as I could and feeling absolutely terrible. At 10pm the fever suddenly broke and I suddenly felt much better. I then went back to bed for the night. Between the bus and the hostel, I spent a night and a day and a night in bed, about 40 hours. The next day I felt pretty good, although 2 days later I still have a bit of the cough.
While I was sleeping there was a mini-canaval in Salvador. It apparently turned into a bit of a riot. One of people from our hostel was mugged at the carnaval. Another traveler, a brazilian, was randomly attacked and ended up with a badly broken mandible. Maybe I was fortunate to get sick.
There isn't much to do in Salvador during the day and it is very very hot. In the old district there is music all night every night, but the nightlife is a bit quiet. After being sick, and hearing about the violence at the Carnaval I don't quite have the energy to explore the rest of Salvador at night.
I have decided that the proper place to spend my last 5 days of vacation is on the beach. This afternoon I am joining a group of Brazilians, and Argentineans for a bus and boat ride to the island of Morro do Sao Paulo. It is apparently very beautiful.
On Saturday I will return to Salvador by boat, spend the afternoon shopping and then catch a flight to Rio via Sao Paulo, followed immediately by a flight to San Francisco via New York. This is going to be one very long day.