Friday, October 20, 2006

Fortaleza and time to say goodbye to Brazil

Yes, the time has come to say goodbye to Brazil. It has been an experience to see the North of Brazil and to have met the friendly people and made wonderful friends. My visa for Brazil expires on the 1st of November, so it is with great reluctance that I have to slip the dock lines and continue to French Guiana. We are four yachts leaving, Springtime from South Africa, Watussi from England and Taremaro from Holland. Stopping over in Lencois, an island near Sao Luis, if the weather permits.

We had good times in the marina. Leasure hours at the swimming pool, braai's on the pontoon and a potluck dinner one evening, attended by all the yachties. We were entertained with live music and singing by Allex, Allan, Thomas, Martin and Marcel. Dominique gave us her firespinning act. It was nice for me as a single person to be tied up next to Springtime and be spoiled with dinners by Johness and the crew. I will miss her bobotie!!!!!!!!!!

Fortaleza, like all the other places I have been to in Brazil, is no exception. People are friendly, transportation is good, new air conditioned busses at very low rates. There are plenty of clothing and footwear shops and nice evening markets along the beach front. This is a women's paradise for shopping. One can sit on the sidewalk, drink a beer or eat something light and watch the people walking by.

We took a bus trip inland to Guaramiranga to visit the last forest area in the province of Ceara, visiting beautiful little towns along the way. Nice mountain areas with waterfalls or cachoeiras as they are called, but very little wild life. My favorite little town was Guaramiranga. These areas are about 120 kilos from Fortaleza and worth a day trip.

Last weekend we had the Ceara Music Festival at the Marina Park Hotel. Over 50,000 people, mostly the young crowd attended the 3 day concerts. Started at 6 in the evening and ended at 5 in the morning. So for three nights we had to use earplug's, as the Brazilians like to play music very very very loud.

The only negative side of Fortaleza is the crime and mugging on the streets, one must always be on the alert, don't wear any jewelry and go out in groups. Colyn on yacht Polly was mugged at knife point in broad daylight at a bus stop and lost a carry bag.
That is all for now

1 comment:

Yacht Mila said...

Hallo Jong ek is darem baie jaloers op jou. Dit klink of jy jou gate uit geniet en hoop dat jy verder voorentoe net so lekker gaan kuier. Ek vind jou "updates" baie interesant, jy kan regtigwaar vir een van die cruising boeke skryf. Groete en veilih vaar.
Johan,Karin en die 3 stouterts