If you have a blog on wordpress, a fun way to waste time is to look at the statistics of who is viewing your pages. I noticed that 18% of my views are coming from Brazil, the second ranking country after America at 53%. I love that I have visitors from all over the globe and especially Brazil because I traveled there and it is a super cool country.
I visited Salvador Bahia which is in the northern part of the country on the coast. What I remember the most are the beautiful beaches. Below is an image from Morro de Sao Paulo, an island with no cars. Pedestrian heaven on earth.
Brazil has a very advanced beach culture. You can roll up to a city beach with nothing but your bathing suit and rent or purchase any desired item: chair, umbrella, floating noodle, hacky sack, volleyball, beer, peanuts, ice-cream, fruit and water. All these amenities are easy to access, they aren’t in some ugly prefab building 3 footballs fields away. Vendors are constantly walking around with yummy treats. My impression is that people really like hanging out at the beach together and through committed trail and error they have perfected the process.
I love going to the ocean and am super lucky to live near it. I don’t begrudge the need to bring everything with me, it beats not being there, but I wish I could grab a few Bolinhos de peixe at a grass hut before I go home.
*Hello Brazil! Thank you for visiting. How did you get here?