Mercure Sao Paulo Ibirapuera
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... so I can ensure that I could stow my backpack in the overhead compartments. One of the United attendants actually walked up to me and told me that my bag didn't look like it meets the maximum carry on baggage requirements. This was the first time all trip that I was asked this even though I do think my backpack is too big as a carry on. So I guess I wasn't shocked. But I was thinking that out of all the flights I've been on, United were sticklers ...
... the airport as I arrived at 9:30am and departed at 5:30pm.
I got little to no sleep on my first flight so I fell asleep as soon as the plane took off. Who knew lugging around 70 pounds of luggage could wear a girl out? So I missed my snack which would've been my dinner (thankfully I had eaten "dois" Starbucks paninis. I was so ready to be "home".
When I finally arrived and picked up my luggage, what little adrenaline I had kicked ...
... probably see in Toronto. After walking around lazily for a little, we started walking up to our next destination, Batman Alley.
We headed north above Iberapuera with the idea that we'd call a taxi if the area got too sketchy. It did the exact opposite. Beautiful communities sit at the north end of the park. We had an awesome time walking around this area and stopped over in a ritzy part of town for lunch.
Brazilians seem obsessed with the idea of all you can eat food, ...
... side bar and had beers and coffees. The weather was a complete contrast to Rio, cool and grey, a welcome change from the blazing sunshine and hopefully helpful in helping us to acclimatise to the Scottish winter that awaits us on our return. It was a nice evening, made all the nicer by the home cooked dinner that greeted us on our arrival - there's only so much restaurant food that one can take and it was great to have some home cooking. The following day we went for ...
... Japanese/Chinese area of the city - there you are, you learn something every day, a Japanese area of Sao Paulo - so we ate Japanese food that first day, noodle soup for lunch at a place you had to queue (and guess what you were ordering from a portugese/japanese menu) and sushi etc in the evening. But that's getting ahead. After lunch we walked around the town centre a bit, including the cathedral - and it rained. So we decided ...