March 5, 2007
Somehow I managed to drag myself out of bed for sunrise this morning. I guess I just convinced myself that I'd be able to sleep all day when it was too hot to go outside anyway. The sun came up early though: 5:30 AM. There's no daylight savings in this part of the country, and it is almost as far east as you can go in South America (this part of Brazil is actually closer to Africa than the other side of the country), so the sun rises and sets early year-round here. I passed a few of the partygoers from last night on their way back to their hotels after being scared by the glow of dawn. Too bad for them because they missed a spectacular sunrise.
I had to spend most of my afternoon sleeping/waiting because the bus didn't leave for natal until 11:00 PM. The bus there takes six hours, which is about the worst amount of time possible because it's too long for me to want to do in the day but too short to get enough sleep at night. On top of that, I had to wait an extra 2.5 hours because the last van to Aracati, the small town next to Canoa Quebrada, left at 8:30. By the time the bus showed up, I was already totally exhausted.