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Charter boat to Cajaíba
Mon Apr 5 10:29:25 EDT 2010, Cajaíba, Baia de Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Cajaíba is a village in Baia de Camamu where the main industry is wooden boatbuilding. As the water is very shallow, we chartered this boat and driver to take us to Cajaíba and back.

I'm behind on blogging. The visit to Cajaíba was a couple of weeks ago. I am now in Jacare, near Cabadelo, on the Paraiba River in the state of Paraiba, just a little south of the northeast corner of Brazil.

Sun Apr 4 14:02:07 EDT 2010, Campinho, Bahia, Brazil

One of the main streets in Campinho.

Campinho Street
Sat Apr 3 13:56:02 EDT 2010, Campinho, Bahia, Brazil

Street scene mid-day (this is the tropics, so no one is out in the sun in the middle of the day) in the laid-back Bahian village of Campinho.

Low Tide in Campinho 2
Fri Apr 2 13:51:55 EDT 2010, Campinho, Bahia, Brazil

Low tide in the village of Campinho.

Low Tide in Campinho
Fri Apr 2 13:50:47 EDT 2010, Campinho, Bahia, Brazil

Low tide in the village of Campinho.

Campinho Schoolhouse
Fri Apr 2 13:47:34 EDT 2010, Campinho, Bahia, Brazil

The one-room school in Campinho. I didn't want to disturb the class, so didn't get close enough to see the children inside.

Rainbow over Campinho
Thu Apr 1 13:43:57 EDT 2010, Campinho, Bahia, Brazil

We anchored off Campinho, Baia de Camamu, for a few days. There is deep water here, near the entrance to the bay. The visits to the town of Camamu and village of Cajaiba (more on this later) were done by hiring small boats.

School Boat
Wed Mar 31 13:39:39 EDT 2010, Baia de Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

Never saw this in operation, but clearly this is a school boat (it says Escolar on the side).

Sailing Schooner
Tue Mar 30 17:39:08 EDT 2010, Camamu, Bahia, Brazil

This is a typical Brazilian (built by Estaliero Camarada in Camamu) schooner under sail (many never sail, the masts are just used to support the canopies that keep the hot sun off the passengers).

I was told that before engines were around, 2 and 3-masted schooners were commonly used to transport freight (in the north of Brazil).

Sail Repairs
Tue Mar 30 13:28:11 EDT 2010, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil

The mainsail and fisherman sail were repaired by the sailmaker in Itaparica. In the picture, I am inserting one of the troublesome (for many reasons) plastic battens into the mainsail after it had some rips repaired.

My posts are behind a fair bit, because I found a lot of things to take pictures of in Baia de Camamu (south of Salvador and Itaparica). I will be posting some more pictures from that area later.

I am in Maceio, in the state of Alagoas (Brazil) now. Maceio is a few hundred miles north of Baia de Camamu and Salvador. Del has returned to Rio for work and I am singlehanding again.

Del got sick while offshore and went to the hospital when we got to Maceio. He had a private supplemental insurance plan (60 USD per month) so we went to a hospital that is not for the public only (he said the public hospitals have long queues). After queuing for about 15 minutes to provide all his payment information, he was seen by the doctor. I had it even easier (I lost some sensation in two fingers a few weeks ago and wanted to find out if it was a real problem or something that just needed time to heal)--I asked at the ever-helpful yacht club (Federacao Algoan) and a member who was a doctor immediately looked at it, told me my wristwatch strap was too tight and probably caused the problem, and gave me some exercises to do. By phone, another doctor member (I think he's a neurologist, I didn't quite understand the word) arranged for me to come to his hospital office the next morning and see him there, in case I needed an xray. The following morning, the yacht club manager took me to the hospital, called the doctor from reception and we missed the queue entirely. After examining and discussing it, the doctor thought that no xray was likely necessary, and gave me a prescription for some vitamin B pills.

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