Sao Paulo...is it as dangerous as they say?
Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
45Trip End May 15, 2007
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We stupidly hadn't bothered to book accomodation in advance and were relying on turning up in a hotel we found in Lonely Planet. BAD IDEA. The taxi driver couldn't find our hotel and after driving round the block a few times (being shouted at by local youths) he made us get out on the main road and pointed to where he thought the hotel might be.
At this point we were pretty much crapping ourselves as we obviously had all our belongings, money and passports on us. We had also banked on Brazilians being able to understand Spanish (which they don't) so communication was near to impossible
So, back into the street again (the time now nearly one o'clock), in search of another place that the hotel owner had written down for us. This hotel also turned out to have no marked entrance but luckily the helpful men we found earlier showed us where it was, and we finally got a room.
The rest of our stay in Sao Paulo was very enjoyable and pretty uneventful. We ate lots of excellent sushi and met a lovely Brazilian girl, Melissa, who took us out with her friends in the evening and then to a couple of free museums the next day.
We left Sao Paulo with the impression that it's not really that dangerous at all (but it is huge) and that Brazilians are great!