21.07.2008 - 01.08.2008
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On Monday we headed back to the airport in Salvador to catch a flight to the Island of Tinharé, about 200km from Salvador.
We knew the plane would be small, but when they started to refer to it as a taxi I began to get a little nervous. At our `boarding time`we turned up at the airlines office and were taken by car about 20mins to a location the other side of the airport. There we saw the small planes and helicopters used as taxi´s to taken people to the islands in the Bahia region. Our plane took 10 people including the pilot. We had a full view of everything the pilot did and we were just behind him. One lucky passanger sat next to the pilot. It was a fun 20 min flight, but I hated the last 30 seconds of the landing.
The island of Tinharé has 4 beaches and the major village is Morro do Sao Paulo. No vechicles are allowed in Morro so there are men with wheel barrows and mules used as transport for items around the village. The roads are dirt tracks, which are in a pretty bad state. With all the rain, I think they are worse then normal.
Chris and I are staying at a Pousada on the 4th Island. The place is Hotel Anima (http://www.animahotel.com/) and is perfect. We have our own secluded bunglow which is very comfortable and clean. The staff speak great english and the owner perfect engligh. The food is very good and reasonable prices given we are on an island. We have lots of tropical fresh fruit (mango, Pinapple, Papya) for breakfast along with pastries and cereal. Dinner is usually a sea food dish. The sea food is very good here. There is one dish called `fishermans catch`that we are going to try very soon. As with most places we go, there is a cat that seems to have adopted us.
Unfortunatly Tinharé is experiencing a very unusual and wet July. They have had rain every day of this month. This is a problem for 2 reasons - little chance to sun bath and the mosquitos and terrible. Today the sun is out and it hasn´t rain for a few hours (so why are we sat in an internet cafe?). Hopefully the bad weather has ended and we will be blessed with Sunshine for our remaining 9 days on the island.
Once we leave here, we head back to Rio for a couple of days sight seeing before we head home.