If you’re a kid reading this then I heard there’s an ace new cartoon on TV so quick, close this page and go watch it!
Parents/teachers, I did my best to divert their attention. There’s nothing overtly rude in here anyway, just ‘adult themes’ which might be considered a bit seedy…
Almost every time I cycle out of an urban area in Brazil I pass by a motel or two on the edge of town that look like some kind of private compound – because that’s basically what they are; walled off complexes designed for people to go and discretely have sex! Amused by the design and names of these places, I’ve been stopping to take photos of them for the last few weeks (any locals passing by at the time must think I’m a right weirdo!):
Got the gist?! It even seems some motels are even targeting the World Cup market!
So, following on from my previous post, on Monday I was cycling towards Recife and searching for a place to stay. Having decided that Escada was a bit too crap to stop in, I continued another 25km to Cabo de Santo Agostinho, but unfortunately the inland part of town 20km away from the coast. There were no hotels or pousadas, despite what my Garmin and Google maps said (not the first time they’ve been completely wrong!). I even stopped at a bike shop to ask for directions, but apparently this is another place that no-one would ever want to stay in. So with sunset looming (again), I began riding towards the coast.
And then a few km along the highway I saw Scala Hotel! Note, hotel, not motel. Now just wanting to stop for the night I crossed the road via a pedestrian bridge and rolled up to the gate to check in. The girl on reception seemed very surprised that I wanted to stay there, and to be honest I began to twig what this place was, but at this point I was committed so carried on regardless, and didn’t care as her colleague giggled while showing me and Legover (my bicycle) to our room. And here it is:
I changed the channel on the TV before taking that pic because…
But 18 was a music channel showing Later With Jules Holland, nice hehe.
What a bizarre experience, and quite pricey, but all part of the adventure!