Morro de São Paulo
02.05.2009 - 07.05.2009 78 °F
After another exhausting travel schedule- 8 hr. bus ride from Porto Seguro to Valença, ETA in Valença 4:00am, wait at rodoviaría til daylight 6:00am, follow a South African guy from rodoviaría to port, wait until 7:00am to catch a boat ride to the small village of Morro de São Paulo on Ilha Tinharé, ETA 7:30am- I arrive in Morro de São Paulo dazed and confused.
I wake up from my nap sometime around 3-3:30ish starving and finally ready to find my way around Morro de São Paulo and the nearest place for a late lunch. I head down the path over a small bridge of some sort and come to a sign. The arrow pointing left says "Vila" and the arrow pointing right says "Praias." Not knowing where either would take me I choose to head towards the Vila. It looked closer than the Praias according to my hand drawn map I had copied off of a website prior to arriving in Morro de São Paulo. No interesting restaurants. I decide to head back and try my only other option, Praias.
I make it down to Rua Mestre Domingos and turn right. I notice the shops are much nicer on this street. Much nicer than in the Vila and continue to make my way down to the Segunda Praia. I pass by a few fancier looking restaurants, pousadas, and more shops. I decide to head back to a local looking restaurant located just above the Rua Mestre Domingos that seemed safe enough for a late lunch and more within the budget.
As I was enjoying my typical Brazilian meal (rice, beans, salad, and in this case fish) I didn´t notice that I had been staring at a long haired guy from the balcony until he had caught me staring at him. Several minutes later he joined me on the balcony. Feeling a little embarrassed he breaks the ice from across the balcony and says he thought that I was someone else and that´s why he had been staring at me earlier. Nice ice breaker I think.
After realizing that Caculé, the long haired guy, speaks some English, but mentions that he doesn´t speak that well I come up with a brilliant idea!! I suggest, for both of our benefit, that he speak to me in English and I speak to him in Portuguese. He was delighted at the thought and agreed to practice with me.