01.04.2009 - 08.04.2009 84 °F
Another gorgeous day in Trindade. After our fresh fruit, homemade guava cake, and some brazilian tea Nora and I made our way to the natural pools. A 1200m hike through the forest or a 10 Realis boat ride from Praia do Meio, we decided we needed a little exercise after all the drinking and per kilo restaurants in Rio so we headed for the forest trail located just past Praia do Meio and a small river, as the owner of the hostel called it.
The natural pools were nice, basically just a bunch of large rocks dividing the little "pool" from the rest of the sea, quite similar to the one I went to in Florianopolis. There was a small restaurant close to the pools also located in the forest where you could have a suco or something more filling like fish. I don´t think the restaurant had any electricity because when we ordered Nora´s usual suco, abacaxi con hortela (pineapple juice with mint, may sound unsual but it´s a very common combination in Brazil and it´s very good), the owner used this hand powered blender instead of a traditional one. Interesting. I guess it´s difficult to get all the ammenities that we generally take for granted in the middle of a forest.
We met up with some of our new friends from our hostel, 2 young English couples, 2 American guys, and a German girl, at that pools. Another fun bunch of people we thought. After our sucos and a few hours baking on a rock, we headed back to Praia do Meio via the 10R boat ride and played a game of ultimate frisbee on the beach before heading back to the hostel to make some dinner.
Now, Trindade is a very small, very simple town. There aren´t any ATMs and currently the 2 or 3 internet shops seem to be closed, so no internet access as well. Our new European and American friends invited Nora and I to cook dinner with them, thinking they´d do a curry of some sort or something else a little more fancy like that. Well, I hated to break the news to them that the only cooking options they had were pretty much pasta or eggs, at least while they were in Trindade. So eggs it was for dinner.
Nora and my contribution to the dinner, after failing the "who can chop up onions without crying game," was 2 bottles of cheap vodka and a dozen limes. We preferred the caipirinhas with vodka instead of cachaça, which, I think, tastes horrible and gives you a bad hangover. Well, the cheap vodka didn´t go over too well the next day either so maybe I´ll have to give cachaça another try.