InterContinental Sao Paulo
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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... and clothes.
From here we took the bus to the city center. We were told the city center was a good place to go to see buildings, architecture, but above all, SHOPPING :) And boy... did we go shopping alright. There were so many department stores, clothing stores, street vendors, food, but above all, music. It was like a live party in the alley ways of Sao Paulo. We were so excited to buy the famous Havainas flip flops here for only $6 as oppose to paying ...
... Ok so I’ll start from when I arrived. My flight landed VERY early in the morning, it was still dark. My iFriend (a guy I’ve been emailing who is helping me whilst I’m here) met me from the airport. It took us 2 hours to get across the city, on one bus, two trains and then another bus which was... challenging with my two massive pieces of luggage! On the plus side, I got to see a lot of the city out of the ...
Well that was one of the worst bus journeys of anyones life that they can remember. Wow. Yikes. Revolting smell, non stop rocking side to side and a toilet that demanded the skills of Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.
The roads in Brazil aren't great but this bus was a badly made and air conditioned vehicle that should not be authorised to take nice people across a country for 20 hours. It was actually painful. The bad air conditioning made it sort of ...
... a beautiful old building and filled with all types of exotic fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses and meat. And the coffee was hot and strong.
So four nights later, lots of rain and a fairly dreary experience, we were both glad to be trudging back to Paulista Avenue, boarding the metro and riding back out the Tiete bus hub for the 6 hour journey to Curitiba - the half way stop between Sao Paulo and the Foz de Igazu. Hopefully Curituba would bring us a little more joy...
... size of this monster. We caught the lift back down to earth and walked through a few plazas until we reached the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre!), which is a beautiful building. We walked by the cathedral and saw a lot of homeless people begging for money and a congregation around one man........everyone listening to what he had to say. Called it a day and caught the metro back to our hostel.
Thursday 11th August