Canoa Quebrada, Brazil
10.06.2009 - 30.07.2009 30 °F
The barraca and jangada lined beaches of Canoa Quebrada are surely not the prettiest I have seen in Brazil, but sure felt like home after 6 weeks of sunbathing on them. During low tide sand dollars and small fish left by the local fisherman lay across the mud-like sand and all of the Brazilians gather around for a game of futbol.
There definitely was something special about Canoa Quebrada, the symbol of which is a crescent moon and a star (which I was informed by a Turkish fella I had met was similar to the Turkish flag). If you were to ask any of the natives the meaning behind the symbol you would probably hear a couple different variations of the fisherman story, of how the first fisherman to arrive in the area now known as Canoa Quebrada had looked up into the sky and had seen a crescent moon with a star laying closely inside of it.
One Italian guy I had met described Canoa as "the place where the people meet," while others have said there is a strange, indescribable energy that attracts you to Canoa Quebrada. I, like many others, was strangely attracted to Canoa and decided to spend some time there enjoying the beautiful sunsets on the sand dunes, the extremely warm people, and the reggae music filled evenings.