Subject: Alagoas: a private investigation
Posted by Marcus
On Monday, June 04, 2001 at 09:25:06
I was born in Maceio, and have lived in Africa, Asia, and the U.S. since then. That was 40 years ago, and now, at mid-life, I have a feeling--a feeling more than nostalgia--a feeling like a calling, a magnetism, that beckons me to return to Alagoas.
I grew up regaled by stories from my mother of Maceio, of the beauty and tranquility of the place, the warmth and humor of the people. And I see now that Maceio has grown up! Photos I have found on the Internet show that high-rise buildings now line Av. Dr. Antonio Govea, where our house once stood in quiet isolation on the beach.
Hurrah for Maceio! Its success is a good thing, and I look forward to spending a few days there. As for the rest of my trip, I want to seek out quieter places in Alagoas, places that will be reminiscent of the Alagoas I still hold in my mind: Simplicity, good times, traquil waters and un un-hurried pace. Can such places still exist in Alagoas? They must, but where?
Perhaps there are readers of this message who will have a tip for me--a good pousada, a beach where they remember good times, a town that savors the past. I hold no illusions of paradise, but know that I can create an idyllic trip if given a few of the necessary elements.
Please respond with any thoughts or experiences you can share.