Blogs from São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, South America - page 27


South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo February 13th 2007

Man, it was great to get a flight to Sao Paulo. Leon and I were more than happy to pass up a 30 hour bus ride for a 2hour flight from Buenos Aires to the 3rd largest city in the world. We touched down in Sao Paulo and were greeted by Leons friend Carol and Rodrigo - Leons Long Bay College (boo!) exhchange student friend. We drove through the rush hour traffic of 20million. Great introduction to the city. We crawled along the laneless main highway. The scenery was forever changing and contrasting the many social classes. This really hit home when we past a slum - known as Favelas - holding 130,000 people. Welcome to Brazil. The crime is derived from the extreme wealth gap and it is prevelant here. It felt good to be ... read more
Local knowldege
Nice look

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo February 8th 2007

Ahh, getting up at 7 in the morning. It's been such a long time since I've had to to that. Natasha and I met Felipe at the Barra Funda bus station at 8:00 to make our hour and a half bus ride to Sorocaba. Quaint in comparison to Sao Paulo, Sorocaba proved a quieter Brasilian experience. We settled in at Marcela's (a longtime friend of Natasha's) and soon hit the pool. I jumped at the opportunity to test drive my new near-speedo "sunga", as they call it. I'll let you use your imagination for that one; none of the pictures survived (unfortunately). After drying off we had lunch and I met Marcela's family. At this point I'm still dreading the introductions to any family, fearing scrutiny for my barely passable Portuguese. Otto and his wife, Marcela's ... read more
Diligent Study
Sao Paulo Afternoon

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo January 26th 2007

I've been here a bit over a week and have seen only a small bit of Sao Paulo. To say the city is immense would be an understatement. Imagining one any more populated actually hurts. Sao Paulo contains somewhere near 17 million people from all different national backgrounds. It has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan and countless others whose families have immigrated from European countries and elsewhere. As I had read on so many travel websites before leaving, it is the definition of cosmopolitan. About a week ago I went with Natasha's family to a charruscaria. This type of restaurant is a Brasilian barbecue: first you choose from an entire buffet of fresh pasta, fruit and vegetables. After you're seated, waiters frequent your table about once every 2 minutes, each offering a different kind ... read more
Porto Alcobaca
Sara and I

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo January 17th 2007

Wow. There's not much else to say yet. I can't believe I'm here! It was a long day getting ready for my departure, how anxious I was stepping on to that plane in Portland. The five hour trip to Atlanta wasn't too bad. After a three hour layover during which I put an impressive dent in Dune, I was more than ready for the 8+ hours to Sao Paulo. It was on this flight that I met my first brasilian amigo, Rafael. He confirmed the suave, macho stereotype I held for so many Brasilian men, but was more than willing to help me learn a bit of Portuguese. He taught me the dirty words first and didn't hesitate to hit on every single flight attendant in between. After being an 8 hour source of amusement for ... read more
8 hour flight
Room View
Natasha First Night

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo December 14th 2006

Queridos amigos, Não me contive a relatar alguns fatos antes da viagem iniciar. Na verdade, como já disse, a viagem já começou desde o primeiro planejamento. Dormir já tem se tornado uma tarefa difícil. Há poucos dias da viagem, o único pensamento que se passa quando eu deito na cama é como será toda essa doidera. A mente viaja em pensamentos bons, nas expectativas e na preocupação se tudo dará certo. A preocupação aumenta não só pelo desconhecido, mas por toda uma série de acontecimentos que vem me preocupando a cada dia. Já há algum tempo os vôos tem sido atrasados e cancelados constantemente em nossos aeroportos, deixando um planejamento de datas e horários sem validade e certeza alguma. Se já não bastasse tudo isso, na Bolívia acontece outro caos. Além dos aviões por lá também ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo December 10th 2006

Klaus-Peter: Heute stelle ich unsere Reiseroute ins Netz. Die folgenden Orte werden auf unserer Strecke liegen: Hoje coloco o nosso roteiro na rede. Em seguida as cidades que vamos passar durante a nossa viagem: São Paulo - Curitiba - Foz do Iguaçu - Corrientes - Salta - Paso Abra Del Acay - San Antonio de los Cobres - Paso Sico - San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Tocopilla - Iquique - Arica - Altiplano Chileno - Salar de Surire - Pica - Ollagüe - San Pedro de Atacama - Paso de Jama - Salinas Grandes - San Antonio de los Cobres - Salta - Corrientes - Foz do Iguaçu - São Paulo... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo October 22nd 2006

Well we have gone from rags to riches here in sao paulo. gone to meet my brother matt who is working for the red bulliten magazine for the grand prix. We got to stay at the hilton, yippeeee as my brother very kindly let us have his room for 4 days and it was amazing, nice compy beds gorgeous room and bacon and eggs for breakfast, deffinatly gone up in the world from sleeping in tent on an ants next!! Spent 1st day in sao paulo walking aorund and getting stuck in rush hour traffic on dodgy bus full of scally wags. spent next few day in hotel room as was so nice and in roof top pool. Went to the grand prix sunday was wicked to watch all the f1 car zooming round, didnt have ... read more
the croud
hannah with her model pose
f1 car

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo September 30th 2006

It was only a matter of time before my entries turned to talking about my stomach, and what I put in it! Both in Paraty and here in Sao Paulo I have eaten extremely well. I had three main meals in Paraty, and each was absolutely fabulous (if a little on the pricey side). It was a welcome change from the rather crap food we had eaten in Ilha Grande, and the food here in Sao Paulo has also been great so far. I must explain about kilo restaurants, a common sight here in Brazil and one I would welcome seeing in the UK. They are, basically, self service restaurants that are laid out in canteen-style - sounds awful, I know, but the food is fabulous and I have found so much joy in being able ... read more
Me, Chris and Emma in a Paraty restaurant
Paraty church
Me on the 'Tarzan bridge'

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo September 27th 2006

So, KLM lost my fucking bodyboard. The fucking fucks. They said they'd send it out the next day, but did they? No. Fucking fucks. Landed in SP and immediately got introduced to the thrills of driving in Brazil. As far as I can make out, it's kinda like a computer game. Imagine that you get points for driving as fast as possible, and then braking as hard as possible in order to bring yourself to a stop. Points are awarded for changing direction at will without using the indicators, and also the horn is to be used liberally, especially in association with chronic impatience. If you are a taxi, double or even triple your points by overcharging your customers by the aforementioned multiples. Sao Paulo is an intense experience - you get told the horror stories ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo July 10th 2006

For the sake of writting something everyday, I have to say that the first day was an ordinary day. I flew, I landed, I flew, I landed, I took a bus, I took a taxi, I took a rest in Sao Paulo!... read more

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