Sao Paulo

Trip Start Jul 23, 2012
Trip End Dec 23, 2012

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Thursday, August 2, 2012

We arrived in Sao Paulo after a quick seven hour transfer from Paraty, ready to book our bus to Foz do Iguacu and looking forward to a quick day of touristing before the long bus journey ahead. However, the world's second biggest bus terminal had other plans. We could start our sixteen hour journey to the Argentina / Paraguay / Brazil border in (a) one hour or (b) four days. 
Having picked option (a), I present you with what we might have seen:
Google Image Search: Sao Paulo 
So instead of Sao Paulo stories, here's thee dubious facts about Brazil:

  • The national sport of Brazil is keepie-uppies.  Every Brazilian is required to play for at least 4 hours per day. Optionally, they are allowed play volleyball with feet, heads and body but no hands, which is frankly damn impressive.
  • All main roads in Brazil require annoying road-humps at random intervals, so your driver can regularly test how quickly he or she can brake from double the speed limit to a crawl.
  • All powerlines in Brazil require a child to be standing nearby flying a kite with a massively long string. Sometimes the string touches the powerline, and nothing bad seems to happen to the children, which destroys that myth. However, even turning on lightswitches round here seems to occasionally electrocute me, so maybe they are just more resiliant to electricity than me.

Next stop: Iguacu Falls
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James Lee on

Hope you enjoyed your first of many long overnight bus journeys. Which Adam Sandler film were they showing?

Jon on

Not even any TVs, what a swiz! (but we had our laptop to watch movies) In retrospect lack of screens was a blessing, as the next coach we got was showing Harry Potter and Thor. I'd rather watch Adam Sandler.

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