At Efren's

Trip Start Aug 24, 2009
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I've been on the bus from São Paulo to Salvador for about 18 hours now, but I've still got something like 15 to go... I might as well try to fill out a few gaps in my journal.

SP is a huge city, with all the typical things to offer. Bars, clubs, restaurants, art galleries, museums etc. I stayed in a very chic little part of Pinheiros, called Vila Madalena, which has got lots of trendy places to eat and go out. So eat and go out I did, leaving the touristy things, such as Avenida Paulista and Liberdade (the Japanese quarter, which I really liked) to the very last day :] Actually, I did have another semi-touristy day, when three really nice Brazilian girls took us, a few people from the hostel, out for a wander around the area, showing us a few cool places, such as one of the streets, which seems to serve as a graffiti canvass. Overall, I am so amazed by Brazilian people's friendliness and warmth.

The few days in São Paulo were fun, but I left the city without regrets, as I felt I needed to get away from this huge city and explore some wilder areas. I could have done it even sooner if it wasn't for Efren's party on Saturday, where I met his wife and loads of friends. Also, if I left earlier, the radical change of plans may not have occurred. Yesterday, as I was going to the bus station (Tiete) to buy a ticket, I still didn't know where I was going, but it was probably going to be between Florianopolis and Campo Grande, both roughly on the originally planned route, which would take me south towards Buenos Aires. Accompanying me was Dave, a Dutch guy, on his way to Rio, who was telling me how much he enjoyed the Amazon and Colombia. By the time I got to the ticket counter, I was already sketching out in my mind the massive vuelta, which will take me to Brazil's north east, into the Amazon, then Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and only then Argentina. We'll see what actually happens...

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