Another interesting couple I met at this hostel were Leiv and Nets from Isreal who were traveling around South America for a few months. Both lived in kibbutzes and Leiv lived in the largest kibbutz near Haifa.
We all spent some time talking about our travel experiences and I think the sociologist was taking lots of mental notes on our collective experiences traveling around Brazil.
I am looking forward to my 5 day boat trip up the Amazon, so I probably did not do Fortaleza justice because all of its 375 miles of beaches in the surrounding area. These beaches vary from small little coves to expansive sandy beaches. Here is the beach that fronts the city area on a very windy day.
Function combined with art--painting of the disappearing walkway
Some of the restaurants at the Center
For about six of these hours I was enveloped in a periodic cone of protection from a woman behind me who chanted prayers. She even went on for hours and even sometimes answering her own prayers in a higher pitch and faster voice. In the middle of the bus,when the woman was not chanting, a bunch of guys with a guitar began singing songs. Quite entertaining. We stopped for food along the way at the popular self service buffet restaurants where they weigh your plate of food and charge accordingly.