Sao Paulo

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Monday, October 8, 2012

We decided to stop in Sao Paulo as this was recommended by Patrices best friend, Daniella from Brazil.The bus from Rio to Sao Paulo took six hours but the time breezed by as the bus was incredibly comfortable. We arrived in Tiete which is the largest bus station in Brazil where we were greeted by Eduardo. This was the first of Daniella┤s friends who would be showing us around the city for the next few days. We got the metro to the station closest to our hostel where we met Katia (another friend of Daniella┤s). She drove us to the hostel which was a big help. After checking in we headed out to have a bite to eat. They took us to a local Habibs fast food restaurant where we tried local cuisine including our first taste of pastels (a pastry filled with meat). We were then given a night time tour of the city where we saw local monuments and we drove up the main street- Avenida Paulista. The next day we walked down to the nearest shopping centre - Santa Cruz. After a short while there we walked to a local park - Ibirapuera. Even though it was early in the day, there were alot of people out walking, jogging and cycling which we couldn't get over as the heat was almost unbearable! The park was beautiful and surprisingly big. We went into a few museums in the park before heading up the road to Avenida Paulista. That night we met Katia/Eduardo and two of their friends and we went for pizza. We ordered all sorts of pizza┤s including one which had broccoli and another which had ham, cheese, onions, egg and peas. They all went down very well and we cant be accused of not trying something different! We then got Ašia for desert which is a frozen Brazilian fruit drink. The following day we got on a bus and headed to Santos which is a city on the coast about an hours drive from Sao Paulo and where Daniella went to college. The scenery on the drive down was unreal. We met Daniella┤s friend Andrea at the bus station. She took us to Santos Football stadium where we did a tour. The stadium is very small but it is steeped in history where some of the greats of Brazilian and world football played most notably Pele. Neymar is the current star and there were photo┤s and monuments of him everywhere. Andrea also did the tour and then dropped us to the beach where we got some lunch and walked around. It was much cooler that day in Santos compared to Sao Paulo the day before so we were relieved! Andrea took us for drinks where we met alot of here friends. It was a great way to spend an evening. We got the late bus after this back to Sao Paulo. The next evening we met up with Katia for food and drinks in a German styled restaurant and after saying our goodbyes we headed back to get our backpacks and we caught an over night bus to Florianopolis (13 hour trip).  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of Daniella┤s friends and they really made our trip to Sao Paulo!
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