Big City Stuff in Brazil

Posted on May 29, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Sorry for the delay in this post; life got in the way of updates there for a while..

The first stop in our last country was the economic powerhouse of Sao Paolo. I spent the first few days in an almost constant state of confusion; I spoke Spanish at everyone and they answered, bewildered, in Portuguese. Although I do speak some Portuguese, my brain was at this stage so immersed in Spanish that I was utterly unable for it. But no matter. On with the show.

We had heard mixed reports of this enormous city of over 18 million inhabitants; that it was big and sprawling and industrial and commercial. It is all of those things, it's true, but it is also pretty, and interesting, and we really rather liked it.

We visited Liberdade, the surreal Japanese quarter, home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. The graffiti and yummy food rather gave it away!

One of the days we were in Sao Paolo we went for a long walk through the centre, along Av Paulista and to the simply gorgeous Se Cathedral:

We also visited a wonderful park right in the centre of the city, Parque Siqueira Campos. The park is essentially a native rainforest smack bang in the centre of the city, and it's lovely.

One of my favourite things in Sao Paolo was a bookshop. But not just any bookshop. Oh no. This was the best bookshop that either James or I had seen in our lives. It was amazing, and we wandered round like kids in a sweet shop, or like James and Rachel in the best bookshop ever, I guess!

We were also lucky to meet up with people twice in Sao Paolo; Flavio & Rubiane, and Francesca. Flavio and Rubiane are friends of James' dad and treated us to a wonderful meal in a fabulous Italian restaurant, and were very friendly and welcoming.

Francesca was someone that James went to school with in Malaysia, and they hadn't seen each other in 13 years. We met up on the busy Av Paulista, and talked and walked for a while as we meandered to a local arty restaurant, haunt of local poets. James and Francesca clicked back together at once, and we were all speaking like old friends by the end of the evening.

And then we were done, too early and with too little of the city under our belts. but we had great things in store; we were going to Bonito..


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