My guia (tour guide) came to pick me up in a buggy, and a couple (an Italian guy with his Brazilian girlfriend) came with us. It was great to speak Italian and Portuguese at the same time, but I was disappointed that I had started forgetting my italian…
The first part of our tour was going up the famous mountain in Fernando de Noronha. We didn’t go up all the way, but it was a cool climb anyway, in spite of all the mosquitoes and other bugs around us, and the view was great.
It was really nice to go up a mountain… but I am a beach person. So my guide suggested to take me to one of the nice beaches of the island. Yep, it was really nice there, and there were absolutely no people around! Quite different from the Rio beaches…
Given all that peace and quiet, my guide decided it was good time to try his skills on hitting on female foreign tourists. Reminded me of the “famous Greek kamaki” situation, of Greek guys hitting on Scandinavian women back in the 80s, and I made it clear that I wasn’t really interested… He quickly admitted that he had a local girlfriend, but he was bored with her, etc, etc.
I guess that men will be men, especially in Brazil 😛 [Yep, I hate generalising and putting people in categories blah blah blah, BUT… Brazilian men are different!]
I decided to spend the rest of the day alone, and walked for about an hour or so to the next beach. After about 12 minutes of reading my Lonely Planet book alone, I was approached by a guy named Flavio who seemed genuinely interested in having a chat. We talked for a while and went up a cliff to watch the sunset together – reading the Lonely Planet can be interesting, but a real conversation is always better….
Far from a romantic situation, this turned out to be the most interesting conversation I had had on the island so far. Flavio was a statistician, had been visiting the island for 15 years in a row, and knew it inside out. He suggested to drive me around the island together the next day – how much luckier could I get???!