Recife,like Salvador is divided in two areas. The old town with little shops and markets and the new developments on the South Coast. I have never seen so many apartment blocks under construction as here. All along the beachfront you find these beautiful and expensive apartments. The beach is not as nice as in South Africa, the water is muddy and not inviting. All along there are signs to warn that surfing and swimming is prohibited due to sharks.
Shopping Brazil, a shopping center is the biggest I have ever seen, I think it is as big as Canal Walk and Tygervallei Center together. Unfortunately, as for most shopping centers it is expensive as someone has to pay the rent.
The transport system is as good or better than the one in Salvador. The busses are new, well maintained, lots of them and cheap to use. People are friendly and they will go out of there way to help you. There are more people here that can speak English than in Salvador.
The only problem I have is that it is virtually impossible to find boat spares in Recife, and if you get something the price goes through the ceiling. I have been quoted 289 Rials [that is about R900.00] for an impeller that cost R90.00 in South Afrika.
I have mentioned the Cabanga Yacht Club and marina before, again the facilities are out standing and we have a great time here. The marina is filling with yachts coming for the regatta and we are daily meeting new friends from all over the world. They are expecting 110 yachts to participate in the rally, no idea were they are going to moor as the marina is not very big. I am glad we came early.
That's all for now
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