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I am heading to Carnaval in Brazil! Salvador de Bahia

Tips on how to experience it right!

Salvador de Bahia carnaval  is spiced with Afro beats. The  samba reggae takes you on a spiritual journey for 6 consecutive  days of highly energetic dancing behind trio electricos. Which are huge  trucks carrying the artists singing live with their groupies moshing around it. You better have a good sports bra on as you bounce along the 6 hour tour. There  are 2 circuits one along the waterfront and the other is through the historical part of town. Both have their bewitchment.

The circuito Barra-Ondina route is along the coast and  takes 6 hours to complete. The one in town is a little shorter.

It is the most exhilarating experience of being in crowd of excited people, dancing singing, in an elated state of happiness. The crowd is so thick that you are shoulder to shoulder, sometimes your body is not where your feet are as you get swept away in the crowd, carried forward only. You have to be strong, it’s not  for sissies. But it promises to be one of the most out worldly experiences that you will ever have, and you will be part of one of the biggest street parties of the world.

During the day you spend time on the beaches or touring the beautiful colonial city. Pelourinho is  the historical old town and is brightly colored with old cobbled streets. Here you will see many traditional Bahian women wearing their traditional dress – the Baiana de Acarajé  which is this beautiful elaborate  layered white full dress that makes them look like Marry poppins. Without the umbrella. They wear headscarves and lots of brightly coloured jewelry. Some will also offer you holy -water, hhhm more about that later.

During the day it’s also time to fill your body with the fresh natural power foods, like the tropical fruits, veges, juices, coconut water all easily sold from street vendors or the markets. Then theres Acaraje, my absolutely favourite but  often to spicy to eat. It is made from black eyed peas base fried in palm oil giving that delicious red colour topped with prawns lime juice and coriander and Chilli – be aware Bahians eat hot. This also should not be eaten on the first day that you are there. Your stomach will not  handle it.

Before you head out on your wild party night be sure to  eat a good plate of food. My favorite is a buffet where you pay per weighted plate. Buffets because they have hot and cold food and loads of vege choices. Black beans,  yuca and rice is my favourite, also dishes try try are the moqueca de camarão spicy coconut, prawn stew, cooked with africa ingredients and the Pancake de tapioca which is made from cassava flour.

Then is  time to change into your gear – the  groups have tshirts for every day for the pipocca, sun cream. – take off all jewelry, have a pouch which you can buy from the street sellers that you strap to your stomach and preferably put it low down  under your shorts away from hands. Comfortable trainers and off you go. On the way down to the starting point at the lighthouse you feel the energy and the bands starts booming up as they do sound checks. Have a ast

Carnaval in Salvador de Bahia 2017

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4 years running I have watched live streaming TV, every minute that I could stay awake, of Carnaval time in Brazil. Salvador being my favourite! This year we are packing our ruck sacks and going!!!
I love the music and the african vibe in Salvador and its a blockbuster to see musicians like Daniela Mercury, Ivete Sangalo, Saulo, Olodum and so many more.

This is an unbelivable crazy Carnaval with 2.5 million people attending the 7 day street festival. Its the biggest in the world, in a most beautiful old town of Salvador. I have been practising not sleeping. Seriously this is going to be one hellva adventure.
I think it was Daniela Mercury who said ‘At Carnaval if someone stands on your toes, you have to be the one thats says sorry’
Mostly we will be dancing with the crowd called Pipoca (Pipoca = popcorn, love this Brazilian term, just picture people bouncing up and down like exploding popcorn, then you will understand it)

We are staying with a group of friends in a rented appartment in the area called Barra which is a block away from the main circuit Barra/Ondina along the beach. This is so stunning to stay so close to the action. Again I say I dont think I will be sleeping.

So how do you prepare for Carnaval in Salvador de Bahia?

Technical clothing
Your most comfortable used trainers
Sunblock, sunblock and MORE sunblock
sports bra
skimpy tops

sun cream – factor 50
Mobile phone

My training regime to go to Carnaval
Gym time cycling, free wieghts, loads of squats and calisthenics workout thanks to coach Bruno Dos Santos.

So do you tink I am ready?
Its 5 days out and Im laying low and conserving energy!

My Schedule will look like this.

Arrive Tuesday night – drop bags and head out to see artists Saulo and Timbalada.
On Wednesday a very good healthy fruity breakfast, give me mangos and more mangos please! Beach day and a little chill time is planned.

On Thursday 23rd Feb carnaval starts and there is not stopping till post carnaval where we will head out of town and explore the coastline. We are planning to go to a paradise called Ilha de Boipeba or Morro de São Paulo.

Some of my Carnaval highlights are below and full programe here:

Thursday: Wesley Safadão 18:20h
Friday Timbalada:16:45h
Banda Olodum.21:30h
Sábado: Ivete Sangalo: 15:45h
Doming: Olodum 15:15h
Daniela Mercury: 18:45h
Lunes Ivete Sangalo 16:45h
Daniela Mercury: 18:45h

Oh and the food, this will be a whole storey on its own.
Stay tunned for the Carnaval exeprience!
Post Carnavl relax: Ilha de Boipeba or Morro de São Paulo
and food and sights to see in Salvador de Bahia!

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Love and hugs!