São Paulo - Traffic, Traffic and more Traffic

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
Trip End Feb 08, 2010

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Friday, February 5, 2010

I don't really have many photos of São Paulo.  Really, I didn't see much point, so I begin this entry with an apology to all São Paulo fans, because I did not like this city.  This was my least favorite moments on this trip.  The traffic was terrifying!  Holy Crap!  I'm not sure why they bother to paint lanes on the road, because the people in this city pay them no heed.  The Oh Shit handle in our little rental car received a workout during the four days of our stay.  If you know anyone from this city, you'll hear them complain about rush hour, but honestly, this was the least frightening time.  Nobody is moving!  Who cares if somebody hits you, because nobody is moving fast enough to do any damage - except the motorcyles. Ahh, the motorcycles.  You're sitting in this jam from hell, haven't moved an inch in nearly an hour, but about every two minutes you'll hear this frantic "beep, beep" as a motorcycle snakes its way between the vehicles.  These babies are not moving slow either.  It scared the poo out of me the first few times it happened.  Then I simply became thankful for the ones that actually beeped to let you know they were coming. 

Mauro's mother, Marjorie, is in São Paulo.  Every day we went to visit and either have lunch or dinner with her.  She was so pleased to see Mauro and spend some time with him.  We also met one of his friends, Claudio.  Claudio is about 2 meters tall.  He towered over all of us, but he's such a sweet and gentle man.  It was such a pleasure visiting with this man.  I do hope we can spend more time with him in the future. 

Mauro had borrowed a GPS from Gabriel's father.  I can't imagine trying to navigate that crazy city without one, because with the GPS we turned circles.  Every night, it took us over an hour of winding around to find our hotel.  I have never been so nausous in the front seat of a car.  The main words from the GPS were "Saga Pela Direita" Keep to the Right and "Vire a Direita" Turn Right.  I swear all we did was turn right.  Apparently, if in doubt in São Paulo just keep turning right until you cirlce enough to find what you need. 

We did do some shopping.  Mauro found his clothes for Carolina's party, and I found a couple of really cute pairs of shoes.  The food is also good.  We ate at some very nice restaurants and the pizza was excellent.  However, I was not so much more impressed with any of the food here than in Rio.  The food on this entire trip has been excellent. 

When we left São Paulo on Friday, it took over two hours to get out of the city.  Sigh, I was happy to leave.  When we entered Rio and I saw the Christ glowing from the hill it was like seeing an old friend.  I felt better instantly. 
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