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... he was. Not only was he a host to me for the weekend, but also to the most charming and free spirited American/Dominican republic couple called Becky and Fransisco (she is American and he is from the Dominican Republic). Eber's apartment is in the centre of Sao Paolo so it was a great base from which to explore the crazy city that's home to 20 million people. Not only did he share his home with us (letting us do our laundry, cooking us lunch), but he also took us out ...
The streets are full decorated, lights, Santas everywhere, huge Christmas trees, more lights...I had never seen decorations of such dimensions! We even found snow, even though it's summer here and the temperature is of about 30 degrees! Of course it was fake snow...it was on a little street called Normandia, where all houses where lightened up, a few restaurants serving food outside, stands selling popcorns... Instead of having a hot drink as usually in ...
... being the one with the Rocinha favela, the biggest in South America, where the military entered with tanks a couple of years ago. Although it seems to me that it will just be a temporary thing the pacification of the favelas, atleast until the end of the Olympics. Time will show.
Brasil is certainly working towards the right direction but still has some way to go. It does provide free education and healthcare but need not stop there. It has to provide a ...
... when it is decorated with flowers and dim-lighting.
Our next and final stop was the Reptilian center. Liz and I shuddered as we saw all types of poisonous and harmless creepy crawlies from gigantic toads to tiny scorpions, anacondas to colorful fish.
The next morning was a sad one as Liz was to depart for southern Chile. But we promised to see each other soon, which we did- much sooner than anticipated! Hahaha! (See ...
... and even the juices got a hit. Still very tasty though! He took us to the Sao Paulo equivalent of Central Park for a stroll around and night, and warned us about walking around too late at night, and how lots of places have been broken into and rob - with the families being tied up in one room during it all. Timely advice after we had planned on heading out to some markets tonight, but have thought better of it now.
On a whole Sao Paulo is a much quieter and ...
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