Mercure Sao Paulo Funchal
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We arrived back into Sao Paulo close to midnight after catching a bus from Angra dos Reis in the early afternoon. The bus trip took about seven hours, with two stops of about twenty minutes each at petrol stations where you could buy some ´delicious´ salgados (dry breaded dough filled with either cheese or cheesy mince) or a lanchonete (a huge sandwich filled with, again cheese, cheesy chicken or cheesy meat). Brazilians love their cheese and its literally in everything - ...
... with stiring in festive bunches..the sweets shop where we admire the rainbow displays of gummy bears..the whole adventure is head spinningly good.
Not content with the relative calm of this beautiful market, Ramin takes us to the streets nearby where chaos rules. Clutching my handbag close we are in an Easter show-like press of humanity with hawker stalls of everything football, knock off designer sunglasses and clothing, shops ...
... one of which was a black pair where I got a little England flag stamped onto the left one - so cute. After the shop we took a taxi home. Georgie and I milled about in our room, while Marcella had a nap. After a while she woke up but had a migraine so we collectively decided to stay in (I mean Georgie and I were in our pyjamas already so we weren't particularly keen to go out). We ordered some pizza and had some cake and it was ...
... for dinner. Fernando recommended a place for sushi that was a 10 minute walk but "easy" to get to. We all met, including Lauren and John and headed to the Japanese restauraunt. It was down hill all the way which had obvious implications for the return trip. We actually managed to find this one fairly easy.
It was an interesting conversation and there were some people who had not had sushi/sashimi. Spencer ...
... This was a relatively short tour that lasted about an hour but was chock full of interesting information. Gustavo mentioned 6 large Brazilian owned banks in the entire country. He mentioned that 3 are government owned and 3 are privately owned. The 3 gov't owned banks he spoke of were BNDES, Banco Brasil, and Banrisul, and the 3 Privately owned large Brazilian banks he spoke of were Bradesco, Spanish Bank and of course Itau.