Art and relaxation

Trip Start Feb 14, 2011
Trip End May 05, 2011

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LimeTime Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I woke up from some of the girls in my hostel complaining.

I think they were complaining about me. Granted, I had dropped my cloths after the wild previous night next to my bed so that might have provoced their reaction. Seems like they werent used to alot in the hostel life though :-)

Got myself out of bed and cleaned up from the last night, dropped my laundry at the local lavenderia and went in search of some art for a change. I made myself up to the MASP - the Sao Paulo Museum of Art. I spend some hours there looking at the art, it was quite beautiful indeed. They were doing an exhibition on portraits and there was even some english explanations from time to time. They are apparently trying to get some more English around since both the world cup and the olympics will be hosted by Brazil in the upcoming years. I can only encourage this.

After the MASP I went to find something to eat and tasted some of the local specialities. They love to put things inside what looks like a croissant in Brazil and I must say it does not taste that bad at all.

I went back to the hostel to the hostel to relax a bit and was hoping to hear something from Paulo. I had called him but got his voicemail. After having a drink at the bar at the hostel I heard something from Paulo and we agreed to meet up near the old town. I met him and his girlfriend and he showed me around old town. The night was falling and the streets got grim. Old town is not a part of Sao Paulo you want to be in at night running around with a camera. I was told this before but the girlfriend wanted to get some pictures anyway. I was glad to get out of that part of town soon after as it really did look like we would be robbed any second. Good thing that Paulo was looking at people with a very grim face to keep them away. Once we had done that Paulo apparently wanted to go home with his girlfriend. Not the night I was looking forward to but not everything is what you expect it to be at all times so I went with it and returned to the hostel.

I started talking with some people there and got a conversation going with Katie from Australia. She had been moving around the world for 2 years now. She had done Kilimanjaro, Nepal and had seen many cool things. She interested me quite a bit I must say. I overheard her talking to her friend and she mentioned I was cute but a bit shy. I could live with that. It was kind of sad I didnt have any shoes or decent cloths to go out so when midnight came I had to let them go out on their own. A problem I will certainly resolve in the near future as that was not my ideal scenario.

As the night fell I talked for about an hour with a local guy. Revolution appears to be on the mind of many Brazilians I meet. They seem to deserve one so I can not tell them not to do anything about their situation. I tell them everytime that Europe will be there to support them if their actions remain non-violent. They seem to have difficulty understanding the concept of a non-violent revolution. Around 2 o'clock we both went to bed and I wished him good luck with his life and reminded him of the non-violent concept. I hope something lingers.

End of my last - and all-in-all not a bad - day in Sao Paulo.
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Jan's mother Anne-Marie on

Well,it's a pity that our boy is a bit shy,but that is the way he is!!!He'll probably experience during this trip that it is sometimes better to be like his mother and talk to anyone and to ask many questions,so he'll get to know more people and specially girls,but nevertheless it was fine that you overheard that girl telling her boyfriend you are quite nice and friendly!!!Hear from you in your next travelblog from the waterfalls in Foz Di Icagua!!

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