Sao Paulo the city of Skyscrapers and Traffic

Trip Start Jan 20, 2013
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Trip End Feb 28, 2014


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Hey Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

After Lonely P describing Sao Paulo as a 'Monster' - referring to its 19million population, 15,000 bars, 110 first rate museums, 12,500 first rate restaurants and more skyscrapers than you could ever possibly be count, we were abit sceptical about going but as it was on the way to Iguazu we thought we'd go for a couple of days. 

After having an argument in Portuguese with a Brazilian guy on the overnight plane about how long my legs are we landed in Sao Paulo at 8.10am. Managing to understand the directions to the hostel we took a bus and the cleanest Metro ever to Faira Lima station. We then decided to walk for ages and get lost. After 3 different attempts at following the directions a taxi driver told us the way. We arrived at the nicest hostel we've seen so far called Hey Hostel, the two owners Joao and Phillipe helped us with all of our bits, two really cool and helpful guys. After discovering Sao Paulo didn't have too much to see other than Museums we went for a walk around Vila Madalena neighbourhood which wasn't too far from our hostel. After seeing some nice buildings, we stumbled across a Bruno Munari exbo at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, really poncy not really worth seeing. We carried on for a few blocks and we found a street called Beco do Batman, really amazing graffiti everywhere, some incredible pieces of art. Afterwards we went to go and see 'Downtown' Sao Paolo. The guys in the hostel had mentioned that we could go up on an observation deck of a skyscraper for free at a certain time, it was a very smoggy day (standard I guess) but we went up anyway and pretty much saw skyscrapers, traffic, hardware stores, skyscraper, museum, traffic, helicopter, skyscraper. We chilled that night at the hostel with some nice people in the hostel watching the El Classico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The next day we bumped into a couple from the UK which we had seen in Lencois, small world. We were told by some people to go down Avenida Paulista (more skyscrapers) then to Parque do Ipiraperera, a massive park which was so big it had two museums in the center of it. Now waiting for our overnight bus to Foz du Iguazu.
Pete xx
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Dick,Sina,Joyce and Pod on

Love all the photos and blog. I wonder where you will be wandering to next.
We are off to Dublin. Weather very cold here and will be cold in Dublin too.

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