I arrived in Salvador last Monday and I have been roaming the city for three days. I love it!!! It is my favorite city in Brasil so far.
I arrived to the airport in Salvador and I went directly to the tourist info booth and hopped on an omnibus to reach my hostel. I flew here from Manaus after recovering from my bout with Malaria, so I was ready to get back to traveling. I had been laid up in Manaus for 10 days.
As in Manaus, I found that using my Spanish was sufficient to communicate. Although I am slowly learning some Portuguese, I have found that they understand my near fluent Spanish much better than my broken Portuguese. I had no troubles navigating the airport of getting to my hostel. The Hostel was dead so I couldn't ask for advice on places to eat. I just headed out on my own. The people were so helpful. I asked several locals for some good restaurants and they pointed me to a great little restaurant. There was no name outside of it and I would never have known it was a restaurant if it weren't for the locals.
I’ve visited a few beaches around the town (Arembepe and Praia do forte) and then headed off to Morro de Sao Paulo. This place is incredible. It is a nice little island, although it was packed with tourists. I did not let that disappoint my visit though.
It is almost time to head out. I can hear the bands congregating in the street and hear kids yelling around. It is 10:30 and the night is just beginning to come to life. I will write more later.