Small village two hours drive south of Fortaleza in northern Brazil. Meet Marit – a regular kiter in Uruau
Name: Marit Nore
My City: Uruau, North Brazil
Profession: Journalist, Kiter and Kite Camp manager.
Where do you live
I am from Norway, but I spend most of the year travelling around the world to different kite destinations. I spend every winter skiing in the Norwegian mountains, summer in Southern Europe, and then kiting the autumn as kiter in Uruau.
Why I visit Uruau
Uruau is a small village two hours drive south of Fortaleza in northern Brazil. I love the lifestyle here, as a kiter in Uruau. There is not much tourism, only a few kite surfers, and some Brazilian tourists in the weekends. I spent almost three months here last year, so I got to know the locals very well. They are incredibly friendly and including. I start most days with a morning run on the bumpy street road before I have a big bowl of the super berry Acai for breakfast. Estella, “the acai lady”, has been serving kiters and neighbours healthy smoothies, fresh juices and small snacks since the kiters started coming here five years ago”.
As a kiter in Uruau I stay around the lagoon and in the ocean. When we don’t kite, we edit pictures; perform other computer work, some yoga and other training on the beach. There is not much else to do here than kiting.
Uruau is a safe town, clean and beautiful place to relax, exercise and work. I rent an apartment with good friends and here we really feel like home.
My first memory
The beautiful sunsets! The sun goes down behind the lagoon painting the sky with all colours. The feeling of kiting with friends in such stunning surrounding is indescribable!
My favourite place to eat
Except from the Acai place, I really enjoy the food at Bassi Brasil, run by the Italian chef Cheffi. His passion for cooking shines through the food he prepares. His restaurant is right next to the kite spot, so this is the best place to finish an active day on the water. The chicken, the tuna steak and the lobster pasta are for sure the best dishes in town!
What do you eat there?
In Brazil I enjoy the fresh fruits, fish, cashew nuts and acai – and as a kiter I love to stay in Uruau.
Meeting the locals
In the tiny town centre there is a meeting area with two restaurants. During daytime these places are garages, and in the evening the family moves the car and puts in tables and chairs so 10-15 people can enjoy their local meals. One of the places serves burgers and Arabian bread filled with meat and chicken. The other place has one soup every night, some pies and fried pastels filled with chicken, meat, cheese or ham.
My favourite bar:
There is not really any bar in Uruau, but we enjoy after kite caipirinha at Bassi Brazil and popcorn that Cheffi always prepares in the evenings.
Best place for a first date?
Temperanca, a high-end restaurant in town, with amazing food and the location is really nice. Open only Thursday-Monday.
My secret place
I always go running in the streets behind the beach and on the sand dunes.
My best advice:
Take kite lessons if you are not kiting already! This is a very nice place to learn, and there is not much else to do other than kiting. And have a chat with the locals in town. They are very happy people and like to talk to foreigners. This is a great way to learn Portuguese.
My favourite shop:
The local supermarket! There are not really any shops in town. The closest town is Beberibe, half hour drive from Uruau.
Taxi or other local transport?
Uruau tour: Mardonio.firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep away of?
The wild dogs!
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