Buses Galore!

Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
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Trip End Nov 30, 2010


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Limetime Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Thursday, July 22, 2010

The day after the nightclub in Paraty, I saw some more of the town and got my bus ticket for Sao Paulo - the bus took 6 hours and rolling into the city was one heck of a shock! It is honestly the biggest, most sprawling city I have ever seen! The sky scrapers aren't all neatly packed in the centre like in New York - there are literally hundreds of them and they spread for miles! It used to be several cities that eventually spread and joined to make one big one - it is amazing to see! Apparently even the locals find it hard to navigate around - so I should find this a doddle! Haha!

Which is why I am so damned proud of myself for getting to my hostel. I had a moment where I stood in the massive bus terminal, surrounded by people who all knew their way, with no grasp of Portuguese, carrying my huge backpack and thought I would get a cab. But I saw an entrance to the metro (underground) and thought I would give it a try! It took a bit of standing around, some serious thinking, and one funny moment of charades with a scared looking Brazilian woman but I finally made it to my hostel, on the opposite side of the city with two changes! A cab would have been R$50 (about £20) but the metro was only R$2.60! Ha ha - I conquered Sao Paulo!

The hostel I'm staying in now is very much a party hostel - lots of people a bit younger (and more energetic) than me who are drinking their way across South America! But they are really nice - there are a couple of Aussie girls here who have taken me under their wing and call me the 'non-drinking English girl'! My 4 capirinhas compared with their 20 makes me a veritable amateur at this drinking lark!

Last night a group from the hostel went out to a local club, which kicked off at 1am (not going to be able to keep this up for long!) - the club was weird - the hallways were all really modern with amazing lighting in the ceilings and floors (Lili - Rob will appreciate that I now notice club lighting because of him! Its all about the ding ding dings!) - but the inside of the club was like a 70's playboy mansion - all horrible swirls of dark orange and brown! We went into the basement club expecting some good tunes and were confronted with 60's rock - Dad would have had a ball in there! As it was, we had a good laugh dancing like idiots. The most surreal moment of my life so far has to be dancing to a Rolling Stones song and seeing two dwarfs (or little people, depending on the PC term!) dressed as Oopma Loompas enter the room and start dancing! Not sure what it was all about but everyone carried on dancing regardless!

Today I went to book my onward ticket to Campo Grande, which is an awesome 14 hours on a bus! Ouch! I booked an Éxecutivo seat, which I'm sure you can guess is a good one! The bus leaves at 8pm and get into town sometime the next morning. The buses here are pretty plush - none of this dodgy vehicles and chickens lark that you see in the movies! You get a huge seat with loads of leg room, a big head rest, a leg rest that folds down from the seat in front to make a sort of bed, and drinks and food! Also the aircon is so good that you need to take a blanket because it gets so cold! Actually looking forward to my first night bus here, in a bit of a perverse way, but that curiosity will die by the second one, I'm sure!

Still really loving the travelling - got some amazing plans ahead for activities outside of cities, which is kind of more what I am looking forward to. The cities here are full of girls that look like Giselle Bundchen and guys that look like Ronaldo - intimidating is not the word! Especially when you came away without hair straighteners! I am looking forward to being out of the city where I can wear my khaki trousers and flip flops with pride.

I keep thinking of things to write on here - little musings about life in South America but I'm sure most of them have escaped me right now! I will be sure to make some notes from now on, to refer to!

So - tomorrow begins the epic journey into the Southern Pantanal - a marsh wetland with the second best wildlife opportunities outside of Africa (Don't be jealous mum!) - Will surely have lots to say in a few days time when I'm back from sleeping in a hammock and piranha fishing!

 
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Mum on

Oh I am jealous sounds like a great place the wildlife place I googled it and had a look! Make sure you take lots photos and not too close its not the New Forest!!
xx

Uncle Steve on

Glad to see you are having such a great time! Keep taking the photo's! Love from All the Gloucester Harrington's x

Rob & Lili on

ha ha ha, it is all about the ding ding dings!!!
Rob xx

HA! Made me laugh too!! You're blogs always make me laugh!!!
Miss you so much my love. Pease let me know when we can Skype again,
Lili Xxxxxxxxx

Elle on

Kelly your trip sounds AMAZING!!! I am so jealous of the fun you're having. Keep it up lady, we need loads of stories! And I'll need help planning my trip for next year - the money saving has already begun! Stay safe lovely xxx

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