Published: June 17th 2011June 17th 2011
we arrived by bus to Sao Paulo which was very comfy- even more space than the plane! we had one stop but weren´t sure if we should leave the bus. no anouncement was made as to the length or about the stop in general so we stayed on and turns out it was half an hour! (sad faces). on arrival we took the tube- all good so far. once out of the metro station it was like walking ontoa film set (picture gotham city- where the penquin lived, oliver twist, fagans house aka the ghetto). it was scary and dark whilst we were walking the streets with our bags. it was the quickest walk in history. on arriving at the hotel (which was a little closer to the action than we would have liked) its seemed nice. reception fine and then we went to our room...... hall lights not working, turned right out of the lift in search of our room to walk into a building site. luckily our room was on the left hand side the room itself was large and the we looked out the window. first vision was of a large multi story abandoned building to the left and to the right not much better. started to realise why it was such a bargain price (Carl you were right). Now although we didn´t want to leave the safety of our room, hungry pains struck and we made a literal dash to the nearest shop and dined on crisps and biscuits. we decided there and then that one night was more than we could handle and checked out the next morning.
we checked out of the ghetto bright and early in search of anything better and jumped on the metro....... turns out the whole of Sao Paulo was fully booked (note to self- do not leave accommodation until next place booked!) after 5 hours of walking the streets of sao paulo (the 3rd largest city in the world) with our heavy bags, in the baking heat, we found refuge at a hotel in Republica. the room is lush and has a viewing room of the city and an entrance hall- good times!!
Today was a good day (apart from sleeping in and missing breakfast). we visited the Muncipal market and sampled some delicious food and then headed for the Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho-Pacaembu (museum of football) and home to the Corinthians.
onwards tomorrow to Port Algere (1 hour 47min flight leaving at 9:10). local airline -should be interesting.
having probs getting pics from card to computer but will do soon.