Penedo to Olinda
27 February: Breakfast at Pousada Colonial is brilliant, there's lots of fruit, bread, omelette and good coffee at the buffet. We give the LP parcel up at the post office. It's there than a Brazilian in the queue behind us tells me that my small rucksack is dripping. My water bottle's leaking. I thank him and rush out to fix the problem while Annewien remains in the queue. Nothing much seems to have happened, my Camera is still working (it takes a few more days for my camera to die because of water damage).
Today we're planning to reach Olinda. On the way we would like to find a beach to swim in the ocean. The roads are quite good with some bad pothole stretches in between. I managed to avoid most of them but I did hit at least one bad one. The scenery around us is beautiful, there are lots of palm woods then sugarcane plantations. The beaches we look for are unfortunately either rocky or not to be found at all.
The last one we took a look at is Jaipiritinga, the beach is not that great to look at from outside, but once entering the water it's really pleasant: the water is temperate and warmer than it looks, the waves are not too high, there is no current, the sand is soft without any stones, WOW! The best beach I've experienced so far!
Then we continue on our drive to Recife. It rains off and on on the way and it's quite uncomfortable in-between, not really that hot but just humid. We make good use of the a/c in the car. Recife is the 4th largest city in Brazil and the road into the city is very long. Olinda is to the north of Recife, and we reach there after a very long drive through Recife. Luckily they didn't have much in the way of bad traffic jams.
The first hotel we checked out had a tube of a 3-bed room and it looked very hot inside in spite of the a/c. We go on to Pousada do Amporo. He wants 170 R$ per night which is an outrageously high price (although the room is quite nice), but will settle for 150. We continue on to search for some alternatives but we return, he accepts my offer of 140. We have dinner at a Creperie nearby, the Crepe is actually good by my mood turns quite bad because of my cold and not knowing exactly where to drop the car at 8 tomorrow morning. Later we ask a taxi driver and he shows us the directions. Great!
We had the fan in our room running through the night but my throat had
turned raw again today and I move to sleep in the bed upstairs.