Yesterday two of my students who are a couple invited me to go with them to a place called Fazenda Real. They said I could invite a friend so I invited Vilma to go along with me. I was really excited when I got there to be in this super tranquil, relaxed, foresty place with a lake, tons of trees and no city noise.
Fazenda Real is about a 30 minute drive outside of Salvador and is going to be a gated community. Now before you get a bad picture in your head with the words "gated community", let me explain more about this place. It used to be a huge farm that was then sold to a developer. The plan is to build a huge fence around the perimeter of the property, divide it into lots, but then also have a huge area of natural preservation that the residents can enjoy. There is a huge, natural, fresh water lake, lots of virgin forest that will remain in place, and is being advertised as a place for environmentally minded folks to live.
Once completed there will be trails, a bike/horse/pedestrian path that goes around the lake (6KM), pools, a gym, a riding ring for horse-jumping, horses for anyone to ride, free fruits from all of the fruit trees there, and a lot more. I'm not one for gated communities, but I was really impressed with this one.
In Brazil, well at least in Salvador, you have to live in a secure place. People from the middle class and up live in buildings with 24 hour doormen and a security system to keep people safe. So the idea of a gated community here is one of necessity, not luxury like in the US.
If I was going to stay here, I would definitely consider moving to Fazenda Real. It's going to be a little oasis for the folks who live there...a way to retreat from the craziness of the city.