WALKING IN BARRA

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The first time I visited Salvador, I decided to stay in Barra…  This neighborhood is one of the most traditional of the city, and is also one of the most popular neighborhoods for tourists, with many attractions, such as Farol da Barra Lighthouse, Morro do Cristo Hill, Farol da Barra Beach, and Porto da Barra Beach.

 

When I started walking in Barra, it was relatively quiet, I was surprised , I didn’t see a lot of tourists...  I assumed that people probably visited Salvador during the Carnival season…   with a world record of 3 million people during 6 days of celebrations, the Carnival of Salvador is the world’s biggest street party. When I first walked around the lighthouse,  people were sitting in the grass, watching the ocean.

 

A number of street food stands in front of the lighthouse sell typical bahian food, I began to smell dendê, palm of oil used to fry aracajé, some deep-fried balls of peeled beans served all day long to feed locals and curious tourists. The majority of street vendors are women dressed in traditional white clothes in homage to the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé.

 

I kept on walking, crossing the famous farol de barra ...  I walked on the beach and observed kids jumping in the water from a stone pontoon. I got closer and began to capture this moment. A bit further, the kids where standing with fishermen talking to each other and trying to catch the biggest fishes...

 

I walked back along the beach while a man was trying out some acrobatic figures. I spent the end of the afternoon on the beach capturing people enjoying the last light of the afternoon. I waited for the sunset just like the fishermen did; they were still on the pontoon discussing and observing the sun going down into the ocean.

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