To São Paulo

Trip Start Oct 03, 2005
Trip End Oct 14, 2005

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Monday, October 3, 2005

Finally I arrived at São Paulo Guarulhos airport after a tiring flight in a slightly uncomfortable plane without a lot of sleeping. After getting my luggage and going through customs I took a cab to Hotel Royal Maksoud in São Paulo behind Avenida Paulista.

Since I was tired I decided only to go out to get some money and not do much as the next day I was to have my first meetings. I went to the bank machine and to my surprise the bankcard from work wasnt working and I didnt have enough for the whole trip including hotels on my own bank account. The work creditcard wasnt in yet before I left on this trip. So I was a bit stressed out right away but after calling with my colleagues they deposited enough money on my bank account to survive the whole trip.

Since São Paulo is supposed to be quite a dangerous city and this was my first time here I felt quite intimidated by walking outside. Especially being tired and after the bank card incident so I went back to the hotel, ordered roomservice and went to sleep!

The next day I had my first 3 meetings, so my day was actually quite busy as I went from one side of town to the other. In between I had lunch near my hotel with a brazilian guy I had met online. It was a very friendly guy and we had a nice lunch and we discussed Portugal - Brazil relations, politics, religion, etc etc. It had been very pleasant but I already had to fo to the next meeting. After the last meeting I went shopping, and took a cab into the old city center. It took some courage as I really felt a bit intimidated. Many people wanted something from me but I just ignored them and kept on walking as if I knew where I was going. It also helped that I spoke the language. After seeing the highlights in the center I had dinner in a shopping mall and went back to the hotel where I relaxed after a tiring day. The next day I was already to depart to my next destination: Buenos Aires!
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