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... us to the airport. He was very chatty like any other guide. We tipped him and was very happy.
We hopped on the plane just in time.
An Asian passenger sat next to me and I started talking to him. Found out he is a 2nd generation Japanese immigrant. He does not speak Japanese and is married to a Brazilian woman with 2 kids. The kids looked adorable. He is a business man selling building materials. He is taking his family to watch the soccer games in Belo.
... for some fresh air and culture, we made our way to the Parque do Ibirapuera and the Museum of Modern art. There was an Afrobrazilian show on at the museum and great artworks and tools from the past. Around the city and park there are many famous buildings designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. We were lucky enough to have a home cooked meal that night, Rudy's mother was lovely and made us feel at home. After dinner our tour guide Rudy took us for a ...
The ride from Guarulhos International to our hostel in the inner bairro of Vila Madelena was an astonishing experience. I suppose I assumed that with the World Cup and the Olympics fast approaching, Brazil would have already invested significantly in the infrastructure that would be used by tourists. The stark, 1960s Eastern Bloc look of the airport startled me. Especially thanks to a smoggy downpour, the roads ...
... of local men (all) vs tourists (none) being asked to pull up their tops to show if they had any weapons), and we were really looking forward to getting off the bus. Being woken up for a tip added insult to injury!
We were both a little nervous about Sao Paulo (and Rio) after being mugged in Montevideo. Their reputations preceded them and facts such as the law being changed so that cars don't have to stop at red lights after 10pm to reduce the chance of them being car-jacked ...
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In the end it was an utterly enjoyable city. Even though it's ridiculously huge, one does not really feel that. We were staying in a little part of it called Vila Madalena, in a lovely hostel Giramondo with a super friendly owner, all the amenities were right next to it, including a street with lively nightlife.
But most of all we enjoyed Sao Paolo thanks to our fantastic hosts Renata and Jose! Saturday night they took ...
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