So after the overall disappointing Recife trip, we went to Salvador, and everything was amazing.
One of our first days there, we went on a walking tour of the city. This in addition to it not raining very much allowed us to go off on our own more later in the week, which I think is part of what made this trip so great. Above is the lighthouse near our pousada, which was a big orienting landmark for us.
I was struck by this a little bit in Recife, but even more so in Salvador - in addition to being older, these cities feel a lot more like the cities I'm used to. There are statues.
There are parks and green spaces.
There was a march for peace in the schools - we were walking along beside it for a few minutes.
There was a lot of incredible street art. This was the only picture I managed to get, there was so much more.
The photo below is in Pelorinho, one of the oldest sections of the city. Lots of plazas.
Overlooking the harbor...
Some awesome old churches...
(Check out that bird flying by, too. Totally did that on purpose, right?)
The inside was wonderful and horrible at the same time. So many pretty things, but... so many pretty things. Overwhelming.
Can't be a church without scary angel babies, right?
My favorite part, though, was outside in the courtyard...
Gorgeous blue and white painted tiles!
Each panel depicted a proverb.
"In any state of life, you may still be a philosopher."
This one seriously cracked me up, for some reason.
If you've ever seen any images of Salvador, you've probably seen buildings like this. This is deep into Pelorinho, and it's a weird mix of things. Beautiful buildings, old streets, children begging, aggressive walking salespeople.
But if you want to hear more about it, we'll have to talk in person. There just isn't time!