Samba in Sampa

Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 14, 2008

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Sunday, November 9, 2008

Flying TAM to Sao Paulo allowed us to experience possibly the worst airline food known to man, best described as spam on soggy cous cous, not even the locals liked it juding by the amount that went back untouched. Disappointly as well, the weather was shocking as we arrived so it didn't give us a chance to appreciate the full ridiculous size of Sao Paulo..home to staggering 22 million people, 2 of which were friends of ours that we met on our Salt Flats tour in Bolivia.

We got to arrivals to find a sign with our names on, Marco & Tais had sent their flatmates to the airport to pick us up and in the process saved us a R$100 taxi ride. Luis and Marco's brother (we never suceeded in finding out his name) took us back to their flat in quite an upmarket suburb of Sao Paulo and their apartment looked more like a funky hotel. Our timing happened to be perfect as Marco is a Samba DJ and he puts on parties every now and then so we were to be his special guests and we would also get to go to a quality Samba party, bingo! As Marco was busy deciding whether to charge R$6 or R$7 for a Caiparinha we went to a have a look at a nearby fair, although we were a bit late to do any shopping it was still good to sample the atmosphere in Sampa (Sao Paulo) where people were spilled out on the streets drinking and eating from stallholders.

After a few pre party drinks of Whisky & Coconut juice we were ready to go 11pm, we were slightly concerned at our ability at staying awake for so long as I was still suffering from too many Caipirinha's the night before and we'd had a fairly long trip from Salvador. All in all the party was a success, around 400 people turned up and as well as the DJ's, a 13-piece band played live - a curious mix of crazy alternative types (clown clothes appear to be in vogue in Sampa) plus a couple of steady looking characters who didn't go in for the whole Waterboys look. Afterwhich Marco did his stuff and the party finally faded out at around 5am, although we were on the brink of sleep from about 3.30, still it was a good night (well morning technically) and we finally got to bed just before 7. The late hour of sleep meant our tourist tour of Sao Paulo was greatly reduced and as we'd booked a bus to leave for Campo Grande at 7:30pm we only had the afternoon to explore - so we did what all good travellers would do and went for lunch! In the end around 15 of Marco's friends came out and we had beers and Steak Parmigiana all round.

Massive thanks to Marco, Tais and all their mates for a fabulous weekend in Sao Paulo, for feeding us, taxi-ing us around, and showing us a great night out!  Muiiito obrigado!

Now we head to Bonito where we can expect crystal clear waters full of fish, parrots and most excitingly of all TOUCAN's !! Everyone gets excited by Toucan's although seemingly nobody more so than key achievement was to see a Toucan in the wild and not just so I can crowbar a "two-can play at that game" gag. So here's hoping...
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