Katia and me stroll along the Fortaleza boulevard. We left Hope in the Marina and took the bus to this big Brazilian city. We really enjoy ourselves here. We hop about on the local market with its beautiful Brazilian clothes and other Brazilian merchandise. And when we get hungry we take a snack or gorge ourselves on freshly fried shrimps in garlic and salt, the local specialty.
We have settled in a restaurant and ordered some shrimps and beer. Than… Bang! Shit, an explosion! Then gunfire and a loud scream of a woman. Everyone on the boulevard and the market starts running while the sinister sounds of gunfire and screaming increase. I have jumped of my chair and drag Katia away from the gunfire. We run on our bare feet through the sand until we get to a concrete dwelling. We wait until the gunfire stops and it gets quiet
Time to go
When we go and take a look, it turns out the riot was caused by protesters. The military police armed with machine guns expel the flames on the street. Next day on the boulevard there are again big protests by an angry crowd. The crowd protests against inequality in Brazil. We read in the Lonely Planet that in Brazil 1% of the population owns 50% of the land. Rock throwers destroy bus windows and busses don’t stop anymore. The bus which does stops gets robbed instantly by a group of opportunistic youngsters. We really enjoyed Fortaleza’s theater, beach and clothing markets but we think it is time to go.
Three thousand kilometers to Suriname
What seems a short distance on the map is in reality 1600 Miles or 3000 kilometers of ocean. South America is huge. We are both a little nervous about the ten days at sea ahead. For me it is a long time ago and for Katia the first time. Weather forecast predict a strong 6 Beaufort for the first 700 Miles until the Amazone Delta. On the equator we hopefully sail into a calmer wind area.
We prepared ourselves well. For the crossing we took, apart from 400 liters of water and 150 liters of diesel, enough tinned food to last a winter. We also buy plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. The meat in the fridge will last us about six days so if we are lucky and catch a Tuna we have enough to eat fresh food every day.
We head out to sea; from now on it is just us. Hope, us and 1600 Miles of sea. See you in ten days!