Trotting around the City

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Apr 07, 2012

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Olah Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Thursday, January 20, 2011

This morning it was rather difficult for both of us to get out of bed ... we slept like logs after the fragmented sleep we had yesterday, and even though Annabelle had her hissy fit about having another top bunk she actually quite enjoyed her little fort.

After a lovely breakfast we headed out to explore Sao Paulo and as money is tight and we have had so little exercise in a while we decided that today was be an adventure on foot, so at 11am we packed up and headed off.

We made our way to the Santander Bank Tower which at 34 floors high gave a great view over the city.  Fortunately it was free, so after a 20 minute wait we had our allotted 5 minutes viewing time.  The view was great and showed us just how big Sao Paulo is – it was building after building after building.

Next we headed over to Liberdade, the Japanese Quarter of the city.  It was really nice to wander the streets looking at all the Japanese shops ... the vegetables were amazing, so fresh and the colours so vibrant.  As we already had our bits of tonight's dinner we refrained from buying anything but to wet our whistle we did get a Japanese Aloe Vera drink which was delicious. 

Our next stop was the Parque Ibirapuera, a good hours walk away but we set off with a spring in our step.  We had packed up our own sandwiches and were looking forward to sitting in the sunshine and people watching.  As we got closer to the park suddenly the sun disappeared and along came the clouds.  But these weren’t just any old clouds – they were mean thunder and lightning clouds.  Ever the optimists we continued on our journey hoping the clouds would move on ... they didn’t.

Just as we stepped through the entrance gates, the heavens opened and there was torrential rain.  We ran under a huge tree, which seemed like a good idea until the lightening started.  At one point the storm was literally over us - we knew this because we were counting in between the incredibly loud thunder claps and the very visible lightning rods.  So there we were – eating our now damp sandwiches, under a tree waiting for the rain to stop, how glamorous!

Eventually the rain stopped, so we decided that a muddy park really wasn’t what we were looking for, so decided to head back to the hostel.  But not before we got completely lost – we tried to get directions from  a policeman, but Portuguese is a very tricky language. 

After a 1 walk back, we were tired and still rather wet – so we quickly packed up our things and had a shower before settling down to check emails, talk to Kimmy & Vanessa on skype and creating yet another culinary masterpiece in the hostel kitchen. 

All in all a good day had by all.      

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