Quality Hotel Faria Lima
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... month old baby with them proves to be a master stroke as we avoid nearly every queue going and also obtain access to the less busy family area where I can actually see the screen. The only disappointment being that our attempts to drink beer in the section are thwarted by over zealous security personnel! The game and Brazil's performance is a touch underwhelming and I am constantly surprised by the confidence the nation shows in the teams ability to win the trophy. ...
I arrived in São Paulo a day before the England. After getting the São Paulo version of the tube, I arrived at the hostel. I was staying in the Vila Madalena area which was kind of a like a Shoreditch area full of arty hipster types. The area is known for its graffiti over the walls with one of the most famous being Batman alley. I checked that out then went for some food to watch Spain get knocked out of the World Cup. Later on in the Evening I met up with James who I ...
... to the bus station would cost around 100 Real and we were a lot further away than that but we said if he could get a cab for that price than we would share. Sure enough Paulo (our new airport friend) went and found a cab. It's amazing what price differences there are for locals vs. tourists! I think we were both hoping that this wasn't a huge scam but Paulo seemed pretty legit and just ended up being a super nice guy. We got to the airport ...
... had. I think speaking time was under 45 min and he was rushing. Seamed like very poor planning of his schedule.
Due to our shortened trip at Itau, we had time to kill before lunch so we took a trip to a Brazilian shopping mall. The mall was very modern with 4 floors, restaurants and a few food court types of spots. The stores were all very trendy type of places with modern fashions for both men and women, including American brands such as Levi's ...
As you may have read from my last blog entry, I was rather upset to leave Rio. This was exacerbated by the fact that I left with Croydon on my mind. I'm glad to report that Sao Paulo bares very little resemblance to that part of the world. However it's a city that suffers like a sibling who has cooler, more intellectual, better looking older brother. It's shunned into the shadow by Rio which receives all the limelight amongst the traveller community . Yet for me Sao Paulo is a ...