It’s Just The Way It Is…

Salvador, a city of 3 million, is a poor city. At least there are a lot of poor people, a lot of homeless, a lot of hungry people there. I know you get that with any large city but when we mentioned to some local Brazilian friends we were going to Salvador for the weekend their reaction and first comment to us was BE CAREFUL! Hang on to your purse, don’t wear jewelery, don’t carry a lot of money, don’t be out after dark and BEWARE especially of the young boys on the street…they will distract you saying they are hungry and then another will pick pocket.

With all these comments we were a little bit nervous, maybe even more nervous then going to Rio for the first time. Rio is known for a lot of crime, robbing tourists at knife point, etc…

We were aware and we were prepared! I left my good jewelery home. We tried to stay in a good location and we listened to the owner of the pousada we stayed in. And we felt very safe and didn’t feel uncomfortable at any time. Mind you there are alot of military police around the city and we did encounter the little boys everyday…it was quite sad. But they were good, and FINALLY on Sunday after seeing this one particular fella named Ricardo everyday, David took him in to a corner drug store and bought a couple cans  of powdered formula for his family. ( His request for help everyday we saw him) After that, when we saw him, there was always a big smile, a thumbs up, and high five for David.

Our friend Ricardo

This poor man was walking along dragging his computer monitor behind him until finally he couldn’t do anymore and just dropped to the ground and lay there.

Police presence everywhere…it’s just the way it is here!

We saw a lot of homeless sleeping on the street and many living in very poor conditions, too many for pictures but you get the idea. It’s heartbreaking but unfortunately that’s just the way it is in the part of the world we’re living now!

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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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