We arrived in Maceio around 1pm on Saturday and met Taciana who was already there and rode to our beach house in nearby Paripueira. Well, on the way Taciana explained that the house was not in fact on the beach as had been promised, but that it was "really close." Oh well, not the end of the world by any means. Our anticipation grew as we approached the house which ended up being beautiful on the outside with a beautiful patio and luscious coconut trees, but the inside was rather murky. Oh, and the water pump was broken so we had no running water. 12 people in a house with 3 bedrooms and no running water. Most people would have ran for the nearest hotel.
But we had come way too far to worry about sanitation, it was time to enjoy the party. The first night we took part in a parade (a picture of our group during the parade is above) and it was quite an experience. Lots of people dancing to loud samba music lots of kissing going on, which Taciana warned me about as we neared the parade. Apparently it's common for random strangers to kiss during Carnaval!