Deja Vu, all over again in Sao Paulo
Trip Start May 31, 2011
27Trip End Sep 06, 2011
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The next day I moved to the 3 Dogs Hostel which was literally right up the street from the first spot
The samba turned into dinner and drinks where we met some girls from the Amazon area of Brazil who ended up joining us for the samba club. I was convinced to stand up and try my samba dancing with one of the girls, and then just as quickly asked to sit back down. Haha! Some of my compatriots had things to do in the morning, but the girls still wanted to party so off we went to a disco called the Carioca Club which ended up being quite funny. It was me, the two girls from the Amazon, and two guys that lived closer to Sao Paulo, but were in town for training or something like that. The two guys told me the best way to describe what I was seeing was a really bad cover band doing horrible versions of Brazilian classics
The next day, some of the guys from the night before were going to check out the Sao Paulo Museum of Art so I tagged along with them. I am not normally a hard core museum type of guy, but I enjoyed it seeing works from Monet, Manet, Gaughin, Van Gogh, and one of my favorites, Salvador Dali. I don't remember the name but the one Dali piece they had was a haunting vision of a ghost like horse about to buck off its rider.
The next few days were laid back with food and sort of aimlessly wandering around. It didn't help things that I picked up a full blown flu while I was there that made me kind of lazy. The highlight actually came the day before I was to leave for Peru when I decided to check out Parque Iberapuera that was a little ways from my hostel and eat at this pizza place(Carmelo's) my friend Fernanda had recommended I try. It was a beautiful day once I arrived in the park and it seems like half of the Paulistas agreed with me
I ended up catching a bus downtown to check out this big cathedral and monastery that are located there. Whenever I see these massive, ornate churches that were built hundreds of years ago, I am always amazed at how they could pull off such feats without modern tools and machinery. It also explains a lot to me about how religion, especially Catholicism, swept South America since you really can't help but be in awe and wonder about higher powers when you walk into these structures. I am still not converted though LMAO :)
The next day I wasn't going to repeat my mad dash to the airport so I left with plenty of time (or so I thought.) I must chronically underestimate how long it takes to get to the airport using public transport because damned if I didn't end up arriving with only 5 minutes to spare to get checked in before they closed the check in for the flight. I was definitely not getting the best use of the VIP lounges they provide with my business class tickets! But I couldn't be concerned with such things, because my next stop was to Lima and then to the magnificent Machu Picchu!