Fortaleza and Belem
24.10.2010 35 °C
Dark brown hair!
Three days at sea on the way to Brazil! Finally I had the time and patience to go to the hair dresser on board to get my hair done! After the bleaching of the sun in Thailand, my hair didn’t want to keep the brown dye in it that I desperately put in. So after a 2hours 15minute visit at the hairdresser on deck 9 with view of the open sea mission impossible was accomplished thanx to Helmut! Here a pic:
After three days at sea we have finally arrived in Brazil! Our first stop was Fortaleza! As always, I worked as a Scout. I was the translating tour guide of the Beach trip – perfect ;-) We were picked up by busses and drove to the beach. After 2,5hours we drove “home” again, easy! The beach was beautiful but I’ve seen better. Maybe that had to do with the fact that we had around 250 guests with us which makes a deserted beach with palm trees a hot spot for German tourists, who, by the way, didn’t have better to do than to complain about the fact that there were no sun beds nor sun umbrellas ready for them (As claimed in the brochure). Well, typical German! Luckily I had an awesome group of 47 people who were pretty relaxed about it – therefore my day was great!
I didn’t get to see much of the city, but there was a huge contrast between rich and poor. My tour guide kept on pointing out the 5* Hotels along the promenade while I looked to the other side of the road to see very poor housing of the locals.
Fortaleza is the 5th biggest city of Brazil and many Brazilians themselves come there for a holiday!
Our second stop in Brazil was Belem. It is the 10th biggest city of Brazil and I was overly excited because my job was to join the tour with the boat that went into the Amazon River with a walk through the rain forest!!!
The first highlight was that we couldn’t drive up to the harbour and had to anchor several metres in front of it. Our little boats moored up with our ship, so we didn’t have to use the tenders to reach shore. The first view was stunning! On one side there was the rain forest and on the other a skyline that resembled the skyline of New York (Well ok, a lil less great, but still….;-)
Once we were heading towards the River the impressions I got was just amazing. As always, I tried to take heaps of pictures but nothing could really resemble the impressions we all got during our trip! After around 1,5hours we stopped at a little village in the middle of the jungle! Group after group entered the forest and our guide showed us so many things!! There was a school for all children of that area, we found fruits I have never seen on the floor and the guide opened them for us to taste. I saw a tree that was over a thousand years old and we met a local that brought us some “Brazilian Nuts” of the Brazilian Nut tree, climbed up a palm tree with leafs knotted around his ankles (he even jumped from one tree to the other) and finally he found a HUGE spider and put it on ME!!!
Everything was so exciting, words cannot describe it properly!
After our visit in the village we entered the boat again and explored some side arms of the river, where people were having parties, were relaxing in their “weekend huts”, were swimming in that “dirty” water and there were actual bars built along the River!
At around 3 pm we drove back to our ship that already looks pretty damaged on the sides because the harbours at Cape Verde didn’t have these smoothing things on the pier to protect the ship’s sides.
Finally!!! We are starting a course for eight people of the staff! I said I would love to so that course so we start with the theory soon and do the pool skills in the pool on deck 10 :-) The first dives will be in Barbados!!!I cannot wait to get there!!
At last I bought a great telephone card that I can use to call anywhere of the world no matter where I am! I guess it works with satellite and it’s a bargain: Only 6 Euro per hour…hehe.
Oki enough writing! Need to read Harry Potter now ;-)