Perplexing People in Sao Paulo
Trip Start May 21, 2013
9Trip End Aug 10, 2013
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My affair with Sao Paulo started out on the wrong foot. I met up with a group of American travellers I was with in Rio, and we created possibly the worst attempt at pasta in the history of mankind. That evening, the hostel owner skipped the planned entertainment of a bar crawl and led us to the Sao Paulo Couch-Surfing community monthly meeting
Ironically, this is because the residents of SP are what makes the city. Sao Paulo doesn't have the natural beauty of Rio; it's the epitome of concrete jungle. There are high rise blocks as far as the eye can see. It even fails to offer the attractions a big city should have. The food market and football museum are about only ones of note. Yet there were a whole load of interesting conversations that took place with locals over the last two days I was there. They were friendly and took a real a interest in your life. People made time for you. And best of all, I felt I could connect with them. As one Sampa sports journalist explained to me, the people of Sao Paulo are typically more educated than those of Rio. This is probably why I felt genuinely welcomed in the city rather than just accepted
After Sao Paulo followed a 15 hour coach journey to Foz do Iguazu, home to the incredible Iguazu waterfalls. These are the only falls I've seen in my life, but I was mindblown by it all. The Niagara and Victoria falls are possibly more famous, but the other travellers I was with assured me they were nothing compared to this. We spent one day on each of the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the falls. We also went white water rafting down the Iguazu river which was great fun. Spending an hour afterwards on the back of a broken down jeep in the middle of the forest whilst soaking wet and freezing cold wasn't quite as enjoyable.
Next its onto the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, one of South America' s biggest traveller hotspots. I'm excited to be heading to a Spanish speaking country more than anything else!
Until next time,