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


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

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo July 3rd 2006

Today we went and visited an encampment of the MST or Movimento Sem Terra (“landless movement”). The site we visited was located in the Sao Paulo state an hour outside of downtown Sao Paulo (the largest city in all of Latin America). Just an hour out of downtown and you are in the hills that were deforested and reforested with eucalyptus for export in a cycle that began nearly 500 years ago with the settling of the Portuguese. It is in these hills that an area the size of 120 regulation futebol fields that had been unproductive for over thirty years was occupied by a group of former favella residents over five years ago. Twenty five families currently live in homes fashioned out of timber, plastic tarps, and other waterproof oddities. These families farm the land, ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo June 25th 2006

Few cities intimidate like São Paulo. Its reputation for both its enormity and threatening nature should not be taken lightly. Arriving at night eliminates any doubt that it is not in the best interest for the casual visitor to South America’s largest metropolis to immediately start exploring poorly lit and ominous streets around the Praça de República. Shady characters abound. Even as I stepped off the airport shuttle, it was apparently clear that I should take a taxi to my hotel even though it was but five blocks away and less than a ten-minute walk. As I looked up from putting my luggage on the ground, a face was in mine. I could smell his pungent breath. This is the same man, who to ensure he would get a fare from me said my upon getting ... read more
Departure gates
Urban Maze

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo June 24th 2006

While pretending to do post-grad work in Coimbra, Portugal over thirteen years ago, I shared a ramshackle room on the Largo de Sé Velha. It was decorated with grainy floorboards that warped and creaked with every carefully placed footstep. His name was Martin Reiger. My German companion lacked the linguistic acumen I hoped to latch onto in order to maximize my time away from the barren and cavernous classrooms of the University of Coimbra. One of my most vivid memories of this period were the countless hours Martin would put forth to learning Portuguese; his was practically non-existent. He relentlessly attacked grammar books and his vocabulary lists like, well, a German would. Over time Martin warmed up to me and our friendship continues today. My fascination with Portugal has never subsided. I often frequent local Portuguese ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo May 31st 2006

An uneventful stay in SP due to us both feeling sick and thus also homesick. I met my friend Karina and her boyfriend Marcos last night. It wasgreat fun and we went for sushi and sashimi and capirinhas here in Jundiai. We talked a lot about Conti of course, but also about life and everything else. It is amazing how two people brought up so far away from each other and in such different cultures can click so easily as me and Karina and become such good friends. I will definitely come back here to see her and Marcos (who are getting married in Nov) Well - we're off to find some cash to payour driver back to the airport and as youcan maybe tell the spacebaron this keyboard isn't working allthatgreat. aaaaarrrrrgh! Flight leaves tonight. ... read more
Karina and Marcos

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo May 19th 2006

Hey iedereen! Ik ben gister na een lange reis veilig aangekomen in São Paulo. We hadden t vliegtuig om half 1 ´s nachts en kwamen hier rond 4 uur in de nacht aan. Toen moesten we op de airport wachten tot de bus naar Campinas vertrok om 7.30 uur. In Campinas aangekomen moesten we tot ongeveer 12 uur wachten voor we de hotelkamer binnen mochten. Dit was echter geen probleem aangezien we in t meest luxe hotel zitten wat je je voor kan stellen. 4 sterren hotel met alles erop en eraan, zelfs een freaking bios. In de tussentijd gingen we ons vermaken in the gameroom. Tafelvoetbal...tafeltennis en poolen. Toen ff chillen by the pool en het TE grote complex verkennen waar zelfs een voetbalveld bij hoort en een helicopter op het dak staat. Wat ... read more

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