It’s now the fifth day of Salvador Carnival (with one more to come) and this gringo  is more than tired after dancing in the streets for four days already, checking his wallet and smartphone every half an hour and staggering to his dorm at 4am waking up everyone and his wife.

I mean, even Rio Carnival only lasts five days. Reading Festival only three. This is like having Glastonbury come to your door with Brazilian bands on top of a trio eletrico, a 25-metre-long  lorry,  playing music on three different simultaneous circuits a day in processions lasting for over 12 hours.

But enough of talking, this is supposed to be a photo-essay. Enjoy the images if not the sounds of Salvador Carnival 2012.

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