Sao Paulo

Trip Start Apr 18, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
3 Dogs Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We swapped Trinidade for its antithesis, Sao Paulo. Everything that Trinidade was, Sao Paulo is the complete opposite. Everything is huge, there are skyscrapers everywhere. No beach, no
waterfalls, no hammocks and the only jungle I saw was made of concrete awash with cars and people. We stayed at the 3 Dogs hostel, another nice wee place that did some tasty banana cake for breakfast!

We covered more distance in getting to Sao Paulo than we had for the entire 5 weeks before that. We have decided to leave Brazil as it is expensive and the food is getting very repetitive. Bread, ham and cheese for breakfast, probably the same for lunch and then rice beans and
chicken for dinner. This is mainly due to our constrained budget but Brazil is no Argentina in terms of food quality. Thankfully this was one redeeming factor of Sao Paulo. Lonely Planet calls it the gastronomic capital of Latin America, now obviously we will be the judges of that,
but in all fairness the quality (and price) of the two restaurants we tried in Sao Paulo were high.

We tried a Mexican the first night, and Italian on our last. The Italian was particularly good as we received a free starter and desert! I'm pretty sure this came about after we explained to the Italian woman running the place that we could only speak English, not that we were English. Once she realised we were Scottish and traveling she just started throwing free food our way, a
lovely woman. :-D

We spent 3 nights in Sao Paulo and did some sightseeing during the days. We saw the Sao Paulo Cathedral, it is the first cathedral I have seen that has palm trees outside leading up to it, a fantastic picture op if ever there was one! We also went to Ibirapuera Park, which has an Oscar Niermayer designed auditorium.

I am currently writing this blog draft on my phone, we are halfway through a sixteen your bus journey from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu, and we have just had to swap buses for an unexplained issue. Its gonna be a long night.

We have just arrived here at Foz do Iguaçu, it was a long night. We are both looking forward to checking out the falls, I think we will do that tomorrow and will hopefully catch the Champions League final here in Foz today. We are then going to hot foot it into Paraguay as we both need
chest x-rays to meet working visa requirements for New Zealand. Pretty annoying!!
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