Here Are Some Pictures of My Trip So Far, I am by no means an award winning photographer, so please forgive me if these aren’t the best photos.
This is a picture of Pelourinho, it’s been of my favorite places to go to since I’ve been here. There are lots of stores where you can buy pictures, paintings, crafts, jewelry. You can get acaraje, cashews, nuts, there are great restaurants where you can get authentic Bahian cusine. On Tuesday night, the place lights up. There is a lot of stuff to do. Music, food, crafts, dancing. It’s really a nice place to visit.
This is a picture of a famous church in Pelourinho
This is a picture of a statute of Zumbi dos Palmares
This is a picture of a statue of the first Bishop of Brasil.
The two pictures above are pictures of beautiful cachoeira. We went to the rodoviária(bus station) and it was a two hour bus ride to get to Cachoeria from Salvador. The buses were very nice and comfortable. The view on the way there was stunning, it was very sunny, there were green valleys, lots of cattle, sheep. It was very rural, but beautiful. When we got there, we walked through the market where they had fresh produce and beautiful clothes. I would have bought some, but I couldn’t really take as much time there as I wanted because I was traveling with someone else. We walked across the bridge over the river, which you could go swimming in. We ate at a restaurant called Baiana’s Point. The restaurant was overlooking the water, so it was a beautiful view too. We had a seafood gumbo type of dish with rice and what tasted like squash and some very spicy sauce to go over the rice. It was a good lunch.
The above picture is a picture of a store in Pelorinho. The man who paints the pictures gave us a discount on the Obama picture because it was the day that Obama was reelected. You’d be surprised how many Bahians came up to me, as a Black American, and said they were excited about Obama. Everywhere we went when people found out we were American, they would say “Obama! Obama!”
This is a picture of a photo in the Afro-Brasilian museum in Pelourinho. We learned about Candomble, which is an African-originated religion that is still practiced in Brasil. The professor who was giving the tour told us that in one aspect of the faith, the orixas (orishas) go through a sort of spirit possession, which sounds very similar to what we call “catching the spirit,” in Black American culture. In my culture when someone catches the spirit, it’s a way for them to express their elation and connect with God by dancing, shouting, sometime speaking in tongues. The feeling comes from a connection with God and the movement and sounds are an expression of that connection and redemption, that’s what we believe anyway. The orixas sounds similar. It made me think that there are a lot more similarities between Black American culture and Afro-Brasilian culture than meets the eye.
These are some pictures of a beach in Salvador. The beaches are very beautiful here.
Well that’s it for now, hopefully I’ll be taking some more (and even better) pictures soon!