Sao P- When driving into a metropolis take a map

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
Trip End Dec 06, 2011

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Sao Paulo Global Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On Wednesday we got up to drive to Sao Paulo. The journey ran smoothly and at about 4:00pm we were 5 km away from the city centre and Will was hopeful of catching the second half of the Champions League game.

It took us until 9:00pm to find our hostel.

This is predominantly due to the fact that we didn´t print off a map of where our hostel was but also because the road system in Sao Paulo is a one-way crazy mess, probably not helped by my aforementioned navigation skills. We spent a lot of time speaking broken Portugeuse to the men working in various different gas stations. There was also a lovely guy on a motorbike who leaned through the window trying to help us when he saw we had a map on our lap. Didn´t understand a word he said but I appreciate the effort.

The hostel we were staying at was really good, it had lovely people staying/working there. IT was only 6 months old so everything was new. The owner was really friendly and always around.

On our first day in Sao Pualo we went straight to the ´museu de futball´, the home of the Corinthians, as requested by Will. It was actually surprisingly interesting despite all the info being in Portugeuse and was really interactive. They had a good hall of fame for all the Brazillian greats and a impressive world cup room, dedicated to their victories obviously.
In the afternoon we went to a massive food market, where we spent a long time browsing and making some tough decisions about what we would have for dinner. All in all a good day for Will, football and food.

In the evening we made our dinner (fresh prawns with chilli & olive spaghetti) and the hostel put on a magic night, which was actually one of the members of staff doing a few tricks, but the tricks were quite impressive and it´s a good way to get everyone involved.

The next day we went to find a bookstore which had a good selection of English books (as I didn´t bring any book with me I was at a loss when Will was reading) and then to a park to read. We are unimpressed with Brazillian grass, always itchy. Again my map reading skills failed to such an extent when walking around the city that Will claims he is going to ´write a letter of complaint to the Scouts´.

On our last night in Sao Paulo, a Friday, we played poker with the owner and a couple of his brazillian friends as well as some brazillian and argentian guests. I came 3rd (beating Will) which was annoying because 2nd place would have won us some money. We were drinking the national Brazillian cocktail ´Caipirinhas´ which is an odd drink because it is essentially just a glass of liquor (cachaça) with a bit of sugar and lime thrown in.

We went with the owner and his friends to a club in town, it was just under 30GBP to get in but then you can have all the drinks you want up to the value of 30GBP. Bit dangerous really because it is almost a sort of challenge. There was live music and the people we were with were really funny. All night they tried to speak in English for us and made a real effort. Makes me feel lazy not knowing ANY languages. I think Sao Paulo is better at night.

The next morning we got up, not feeling all that fresh and slowly got ourselves together to drive to Curitiba.

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