Manzanillo was my welcoming embrace to the Caribean sea. Yes, the Caribean is everything that you dream of and something else. Yes, there are coconut trees and a feeling of laziness that you may find only in Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil. Manzanillo beach is in the province of Limón, Caribean Sur de Costa Rica. It is a half-hour drive from Puerto Viejo, one of the most touristics areas in Limón and which reminds me a lot of Lagoa da Conceição, in my hometown Florianópolis (southern Brazil), because of its dreadlocks, tatoos and reggae. Reggae, by the way, is the prefered rhythm around here. Add to that, salsa, merengue and calypso.
Escolhi este nome para o blog após assistir ao filme "Exílios", do diretor argelino Tony Gatlif, e ter me emocionado com a personagem Naïma, vivido pela atriz Leila Makhlouf. "Sou estrangeira em minha própria terra", ela falou.