The Colorful City of Olinda, Brazil
Tuesday, April 4
Our Journey to Olinda
After our Amazon trip we decided to work our way down the coast of Brazil with a stop at Olinda, Brazil. The original plan was to take a river boat cruise from Manaus to Belem to save some money. After hearing about theft problems, the conditions of the boat and length of time it would take, we felt comfortable splurging on a flight instead.
Upon arrival arriving into Belem, we purchased our bus tickets for Recife and called it a night. That following morning we casually packed up only to realize that there was a time difference causing us to almost miss our bus ride! Travel tip: always double check time zones! It hadn’t occurred to us that different parts of Brazil had different time zones. (Newbie travellers!)
About 30 hours later, we arrived in Recife and took a short taxi ride to Olinda. We ended up arriving at dark, which was not ideal; the place felt like a ghost town. Any time I arrive at an unfamiliar place at night, I find that it has an eerie feel to it.
Since we didn’t have any pre-arranged accommodations, we had our taxi driver take us around in search of a place to stay. Unfortunately, it was more of a challenge than we thought it would be. Fatigue combined with the unknown stirred up emotions and fear quite quickly.
It is truly amazing when and how God shows up! It just so happened to be that after awhile (it felt like forever!), we ended up seeing a couple that we had met when we went on our Amazon excursion days prior. What are the chances of that! (Although I can’t say it was chance; I knew exactly who to thank for this one!)
Couple, Mike and Susan, took us under their wings and found us a room at the same hotel they were staying at. What a blessing! The accommodations at Pousada dos Quatro Cantos couldn’t have been more perfect; I would highly recommend it to anyone passing through Olinda.
A Colorful City
Given that we arrived at night, we really didn’t see much of Olinda. So the following morning we were greeted with a pleasant surprise! The city was full of color from buildings to landscaping, making it a picturesque city to tour through.
During our travel, Sean’s Mom followed us online and tried to be a step ahead of us to warn us of all the dangers that lay ahead. It was quit comical when Sean found the following sign and decided to take a photo of it to send to his Mom, only to find that exact photo waiting for him in his email inbox. Gotta love Mom’s that do all the worrying for you!
Since we don’t live anywhere near an ocean, it is always a treat to see one. I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing the blue water.
We stayed in Olinda only for a short time, as we were just passing through for a quick rest before we continued on our journey. We had to shorten the bus ride to Salvador in order to keep our sanity. You will have a better understanding as to why in my next travel post!
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