Highlights on Pipa beach in 5 points

This stunning place is about 80 km south from Natal, capital of the State Rio Grande do norte. It’s a cute village with many restaurants and hospitality facilities due to his recent growing in tourism. Pipa is actracting people for surfing and kite surfing, but the truth is that this place is just one of the most beautiful in Brazil. To get there by car it’s quite easy (even by bus). Just need to go off from the highway at the Goianinha little town and you will be right in the Tibau do Sul municipality.

1 Coming from the village you’ll reach the beach from above. Little colourful buildings around you are houses, shops and restaurants. During the low tide, the beach unveils rocky spots that create little lakes and sandy lagoons in wich you can chill sitting in the clear waters.

     I loved to take a photo shoot in there. The place is so various that looks like a water park where people are passing by looking for their own “lake” among the rocks. Water is calm due to the reef that protects the seafront from the big waves of the Ocean.

2 The village is tiny but fervent. There is a high presence of Argentinians business and tourists. It looks almost like an argentinian enclave. It’s very common to hear spanish speakers in Pipa because of that. Night life is nice especially thanks to the live concerts offered by Taipa, restaurant and bar.

     I was there during the low season and I was quite surprise that during those (just) three months of low season there was still a lot going on.

3 On the side of Pipa beach there is a big, long and gorgeous cliff at least 10 meters high. Its colours vary from red to yellow passing by pink and orange. The rocky wall is coverd by a forest, and some of this vegetation is part of the Santuario Ecologico.

     I loved to appretiate the differences in between the tides in this place cause the cliff seems higher when the sea is going almost against it and lower and some sort of smoky or smooth when you see the moisty air on the seafront space when the sea is less pushy!

4 Praia do Golfinhos lays straight after Pipa beach (heading north). It is just superb and when you are pacient enough you can even spot some dolphins around. The shore was so huge and flat that people where arranging football fields and games in the wet sand during the low tide. The cliff here looks even more majestic. Swimming in there can be a bit rough because of the waves: in this part of the cost the reef is missing.

     By the time I came back from the walking to praia do Golfinhos what it was a diversified space with ponds, sand and rocks has become a whole normal beach. The sea (the tide) took over.

5 Chapadão. At 15 minutes walking from the village (heading south) there is a very special lookout: a big system of terraces going flat but steep to the sea.

     I went there to enjoy a nice sunset watching the ocean. Obviously, the sun is going to set behind your shoulders but this is the little compromise you need to accept when special places in the world are facing Est.

Week thirtyeight in Australia

People were getting ready for the Halloween party. It’s nice to see how differently this date is celebrated around the world. Halloween night is special for us sicilians as well. It is believed that During this night dead people bring a plate with candies, nuts and the frutta martorana (marzipan and almond fruit-shaped pastries) to every kid. The day after is normally the “sweetest” day of all the year 🙂

http://www.palermoviva.it/la-frutta-martorana/

Week thirtyseven in Australia

During this week I’ve been getting familiar with my new job and get to know my collegues. Good bunch of people that I couldn’t really talk to while working. Work is really fast going. I don’t get even thirty seconds to breath or drink my water. I do feel this pressure. I love to run at work but I sencerely don’t like “pushy” enviroment that undermines human relationships.

I didn’t think I could last long since the very beginning. But this job had also some positive aspects: once I started my shift, I felt confortable. I guess because of my experience in hospitality jobs. Learning “nothing” sometimes makes me chilled, luke you do when you switch off your brain, because everything omes authomatically. Some other times I ‘m really nervous about theidea of getting stuck sonewhere just because if money. Stuck with my mind and with my body…

It would be nice to be more appretiate, but I also understand that if it is about money I also deserve to start from the bottom over and over, since I never held on enough in a work position to rise my level.

Apart from this personal ideas about jobs I’m doing, I find Cairns very nice: it’s cozy on the end, the tropical weather is sweet and there are so many people from everywherepassing by here thatyou can’tget bored meeting and listening to so many interesting points of vew.

I’ve heard that Australia is very strict about collecting and carrying fossils, but look at this car: isn’t it the perfect place to “place” some skulls?

Week thirtytwo in Australia

Been travelling across the desert and the savannah, stopping at road houses and free campings in the middle of nowhere, crossing the border from Northern Territory and Queensland, ending up in the east coast, back to the Ocean.

How good is to wake up in Balgal beach and walk through the low tide?

While the sea unveils all the little marine creatures that are going to be hidden in the next 6 hours. Nature is The real show in this earth!!!

Week thirty in Australia

Finally I made a decision. Time to move somewhere else. Last week in Sydney was pretty sad. Even if I’m really excited about going in Darwin it wasn’t easy to say goodbye to everybody especially to some special collegues. 

It seems that nobody would go to Darwin unless me. Everybody thinks it’s too warm, or too “away” from everything. Well that depends on what you believe is everything. For sure it is going to be different.


Goodbye Sydney

Week twentynine in Australia

A car trip down the cost in New south Wales was exactly what I needed. Getting ready was not easy since I worked till the very last minute before leaving but the joy of seeing those beautiful wild animals around the conjola lake area paied all the effort back.  Being there for such a short time among so many busy days required a good plan.

This area is quite special for different reasons that I can summarise with three words: soundscape, landscape, wildlife.
Bendalong is pretty far from any noisy place and once you arrive the sound of the forest cheers you up. When I arrived to my cabin, three kangaroos were waiting for me just in front of the door.( I should say 4 cause one of them had evidently somebody else in her pouch).
Berringer lake is a very special place if you want to stay alone, silent and just hear birds around talking to you while you watch reflected trees on the quite waters. There are also many surf spots all around ( green island and manyana beach are the main ones)

Week twentyeight in Australia

Great days hanging around Sydney in New South Wales. I needed to profit of this quick sunny rest in the middle of the winter. The Royal national park was on top of the list with his beautiful creeks and rivers that mix with the ocean. Vegetation here around is majestic, and when you can walk in silent you can also spot some of the most particular birds in the world. Some of them fly away, shy, but some others just love to pose for a picture and to make a little show of their voices. Curious about this voices I had a look on youtube and some (smart) people have been cataloguing them for our knowledge. Little by little I’m learning the names of my special friends… Friends that are accompaning every hour of my australian days. I’m So glad to be here.

Ps: I think my favourite one is the big and sometimes agressive Magpie. His voice sounds so splendid to me 🙂