Friday, February 06, 2009
Carnival 2009 in Salvador da Bahia...
Just like any Summertime Salvador is the place which all the parties, celebrations and people having a good time are about and as soon as the new year has started people were already countingdown the days for the biggest celebration of the year: Carnival !!!
Yes, in a bit more than 1 week the biggest world Celebration will be taking place at the narrow and historical streets of the City of Salvador(This is year starts in Feb.19th thru 25th), bringing together about 2 millions people every day dancing, drinking, dating and having a good time. This is a catholic celebration and it starts 40 days before Easter which means that´s the period of time that everything is "allowed" so people take a chance to enjoy it as much as the can setting free their lusties desires and so because their act of contrition will be coming soon later and they´ll be forgiven by their "sins".
It has 2 main itineraries where the parade take place: "Centro" (Downtown) that we call as well "Avenida" and the second ones is "Barra" (which is an itinerary by the sea) and newer compared to the first one. Actually, it would still have a third one which is into the "Old Historical City" this one is lighter and perfect for elderly people and children but as well for all of them who doesn´t like crowed places and a frenetic rhythmn just like it´s on the 2 other itineraries. To tell you the truth, I´d advise people who never been to the Bahian Carnival before starting it slowly around the "Pelourinho" (Old Historical City) and gradually checking the other 2 main Carnival´s itineraries then if it´s too much for you the 2 of them don´t be embarrased to join older people and children to have a good time...
But it´s not everything just joy and happiness in this big celebration, just like everywhere where many people are put together always there are something going on: Some fights, people are stolen, pushed and injured. So, I´d like to share with you who´d be the first time in Carnival some tips to be away from troubles:
*Bring only money enough for the Party´s expenses (drinks, some snack, taxi or so).
*Don´t put all your money in a pocket (spread around including some in your shoes).
*Don´t carry your original documents (a passport´s photocopy or even the drive license is enough)
*Don´t be directly into the crowed, stay where you can have free acess in case you need to leave the place where you´re for some eventual fight close to you or so.
*Stay closer to Police Stands where it´s safer.
*Don´t accept drinks or food given by stranges to you(we never know what it´s on them).
*Dress yourself simply, avoid jewerly, using your mobile, carrying cameras and everything what would be getting people attention.
*If you notice that you´ve been watched or followed stop by a police stand, bar or restaurant and let the "threat" to go.
THAT´S IT !!
And if you´d like to talk to me directly about Carnival and its do´s and dont´s please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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HAVE A GREAT TIME...
All the best, Fernando Bingre