Brazil's Oostende

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Brazil is officially the second country I fall in love with right away. (all who knows me definitely knows which one was the first :) )
It might change, as this is of course purely infatuation. 
The new things. The lush green nature. The pretty people (we all know about the Brazilian girls, but the boys here aren't bad either ;) ), the great food, like the very popular Pan de queijso, breadballs with cheese in the dough, sooooo good!!! 
Peru and Bolivia were nice, but I kept feeling like an outsider, an observer, a tourist.
Here there's a mix of everything. Sao Paulo seems to me to have a bigger variety of people than New York. I love it!

But first, before heading to Sao Paulo, I made a stop in Santos, where Daniel's parents live. I stayed in his house one night and wow, very very nice place! Santos reminded me of Middelkerke/Oostende or so, but a lot bigger and more tropical :) So finally. The ocean. How good it felt, these first steps on the sand and in the water! Near the ocean is where I belong.

Santos is a coast town near Sao Paulo, where many many people retire. It is nice, and has the largest garden (Guiness book of Records), I believe it was 8km. Actually a long-spread park next to the beach.
It's funny because I enjoyed this a lot, and still everyone I tell I was in Santos, reacts surprised, and says there are much nicer beaches... But this was great for me :) Hearing this, I fear my future encounters with Brazil's beaches will make me very spoiled beach-wise ;) ...
Daniel and I had a caipirinha on the beach, my first in Brazil, first of probably many :) And I drunk freshly squeezed sugarcane-juice with lemon, and wow! Deliciousness! When standing in the ocean, the sand had a silver glow. I tried to capture it on photo but it doesn't do the trick.
We went to the coffeebar at the coffeemuseum and tried Brazil's rewarded best coffee of the country, and took a ride on the old-fashioned restored tram through the town. 

Great invigorating time! And now up to Sao Paulo!

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