After bus station number two, I took the metro downtown and started walking around
. I went to some square or another where they have the tallest building at 41 stories. Then I walked down a bunch of different streets. Some of the buildings are quite interesting, but most are sort of just there. Nothing spectacular. It was also a really grey day though which can influence things. I saw the main cathedral and then walked to the Japanese area of town. Sao Paulo has the most Japanese people of any city outside of Japan. I got sushi for lunch which was my main goal of Sao Paulo. Then I was bored. I walked some more and finally saw a sale on shoes!
My running shoes put up a good fight, but they finally died. I was so embarrassed by the smell of them on the bus. They made it through the ATM caves in Belize, rainy days in Panama, the Cuidad Perdida hike in Colombia, and another rainy hike in Ilha Grande. I think they had a good life, but getting wet, partially drying, then getting a bath, and partially drying again is not easy on shoes. Anyways, I asked for something similar to what I was wearing, and I think they thought I wanted the exact same shoes. Next embarrassing moment was when I tried on the women's and they were just a touch too small, so the guy told me that they don't make women's shoes in my size. I had to go with Men's. So I did. I left the other shoes there which seemed to confuse them even more.
After that, I abandoned Sao Paulo and went to the bus station. Then it was night bus number two to Campo Grande and the Pantanal!
Lately all of my time has been spent attempting to sleep on buses. It works ok if you have two seats to yourself... otherwise, it is a hopeless cause for me. Anyways, my night buses started with one from Paraty to Sao Paulo. I arrived at the bus station and spent a few hours there just reading and having breakfast because I didn't want to attempt rush hour on the metro with two backpacks and a bag. When I decided that was enough waiting and the rain had stopped, I took the metro to the other bus station and booked my ticket out. I opted for the 5pm option instead of the 9pm and thank goodness for that. After an hour and a half, I was done everything I wanted to do in Sao Paulo! I think it is a city to live in not a city to be a tourist in. I think if you were into partying, it would be a different story as the nightlife is supposed to be second to none, but clearly that is not me. Anyways, most travelers that I meet hate Sao Paulo, but there are some who love it. It was not really a place for me.