23.02.2009 - 28.02.2009 30 °C
Pipa is a place on the north east coast of Brazil which is nothing short of paradise. After Jeri we thought little could beat it but Pipa very closely did! it is a small place (very turisty though- mostly Scanadinavians- what is it with Scandinavians and beaches anyway???) surrounded by loads of different beaches each one is nicer than the other. As it waw slightly off season we found this amazing Pousada (Brazilian for Guesthoue/B&B) with lovely rooms, swimming pool and the biggest and yummiest breakfast ever! This is were the whole gang parked their behinds and pretty much took over the place! Being in paradise we would have expected to leave Pipa rested and full of beans but this was before we knew that we would not have a chance to get over our carnaval hangover and that we would continue to hang out with the crazy gang!
As already said Pipa is a collection of wonderful beaches. One which was the Dolphin beach were dolphins would turn up every day and swim around people in the water! How amazing is that! You would be in the when suddenly you would see a dolphin jump in the water! Our favourite beach though was the Amore beach where we would have to walk across stones in the water. It was so beautiful and a paradise for surfers who where everywhere! Needless to say that we spent most of the days on one of the beaches and would head back after lunch to hang out by the pool at the Pousada. In the late afternoon we would wait for a group of monkeys who would come by! They would hang around for a while and they were soooo cute!
And the evening time....well not hard to guess! Pipa is a small place full of little bars and restaurants. In fact it would be the first time in a very long time that we would hear Western music (all Salsa and Samba until now) so we did go a little mad dancing! Most evenings we would sit by the pool and have a few drinks before we headed out for some fun! Sometimes it went little too mad and some of us started having mad drinking games in the middle of clubs. Although we had a great time we did eventually begin to look forward to the day when we would go our separate ways as despite pledges to take it easy we just never seemed to slow down. The rest of the gang where headed to Jeri but since we had already been there we continued on our way south instead. Pheww. No offence to annyone:-) It would turn out that our goodbyes would not be for long with some as we would hook up again in Rio!
Despite being a seemingly quiet tourist place where we never felt threatened or when violence is rare something bad did happen in Pipa. Apart from an unusual amount of police helicopters in the area we never noticed or heard about it while we were there but a Swedish man was brutally murdered in his hotel while asleep for no apparent reason. We would only come across it by chance in Swedish newspapers where it was everywhere. Scary stuff...luckily we were oblivious to it all.
So despite being sad to say goodbye to everyone we finally went our separate ways. Exhausted and in great need of some relaxation. Hahahaha- think we need to put things into perspective hey!