Arrive Sao Paulo, Brazil

Trip Start Jun 01, 2013
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Trip End Jun 12, 2013


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Hotel Caesar Business Paulista, Sao paulo

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Had a great flight to Sao Paulo! Somehow, I fell asleep before the plane even took off. That's how you manage a long 10 hour flight to Brazil. Arrived well rested and ready for the 1st day's adventure!
Upon arrival, the Rider EMBA Class of 2014 along with the professors were greeted by a friendly and very knowledgeable tour guide, Fernando who reminds us of Russell Crow. First, we did a tour of the city of Sao Paulo, the financial center of Brazil. The city is nicknamed "the concrete jungle "and understandably so as you can see in the pictures.
The City Tour began with an orientation ride through downtown São Paulo to visit some of the first constructions in the city and foundation mark. We rode through the busy streets and visited key locations, saw a replica of the Empire State building and I quickly remembered seeing one also in Montreal.  We visited the St. Paul Cathedral, which surprisingly had both a baroque style dome and gothic style pointed arches. Vanessa and I took a nice photo in front of a replica of the statue of Christ the redeemer located in the front entrance. We then walked through the square where Christianity began 400 years ago in Brazil.

To call Brazilians carnivores would be an understatement. We had lunch at a local restaurant, Amineiria. The pictures will speak for themselves. Different types of salads, rice, black beans, corn meal, couscous, other grains and the hearty black bean with mixed meat soup, Feijoada. As if that wasn't enough the parade of meat on a skewer kept coming until our stomach just couldn't take anymore. Yet we found room for dessert that was just out of this world. Some of the food reminded me so much of my native Haitian food. I felt right at home and totally forgot how rainy it was outside.

There was even more excitment to come. Right before we got to our hotel Caesar on Paulista Avenue, we were entertained by the festivities of the largest LGBT parade in the world. We stayed on the sidewalk and danced to the music and took pictures.

 Later, we took a walk through town to find a bar where we could watch the Brazil-England football match. Then it was time for dinner at the Bovinus Churrascaria restaurant. You guess it, another delicious but over indulgent carnivorous meal. Needless to say, I had to lay propped up on a few pillows to fall asleep that night.

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Things you learn from your tour guide: O.K. millitary expression that means zero kill (0 kill)
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