Weekend city breaks - with out Lenny Henry

Trip Start Jan 17, 2013
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What I did
Sao Paulo Zoo
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Brazil  , São Paulo,
Saturday, February 2, 2013

Welcome back little ones! So we have had a change of scene this time and have hit the city of São Paulo! Being the biggest city in South American it's fairly different to the beaches we have gotten so use to.

*Fun facts*
1) 8th largest city in the world
2) Grand Prix is held here
3) it has a lot of important things here
4) nickname - Terra da Garoa (land of drizzle and Samba)
5) motto - Non ducor, duco (I am not led, i lead)

There a just a few! Anyway we got here fine and even managed to use the metro and get to our hostel ok! (We might as well ne called portuguese now) We took Friday as a chill day to get things sorted, walked round the local area - Belem and had an early night.

Saturday we thought 'let's go in to the city' so off we toddle (we are in a city now so there won't be as many death situations in this blog just to let you know!) on to the metro like little professionals now and off to the zoo! (We're going to the zoo zoo zoo, how about you you you - we all remember that song) it was pretty cheap and used our young people's cards and got it for about £4 each including the bus there! Magic! As zoo's go it was zoo like. I feel that they have pretty different standards to england on animal welfare! Few hours later we leave with out any gifts due to the gift shop being the size of a lift.
Venturing in the city we stop at Paulista ave the financial centre with the shops, museums and parks. We are cultured young adults so off to MASP we go (art museum) again discount with our cards (bargain buyers now I tell you) was lovely several famous pictures were in there which I was shocked by Monet, Turner and a few others I had heard of! I think I now want to become a sculpture! We walked down the avenue and it all seemed very 'New York' style with its big shopping malls and its the first time I saw magazines adverts making it all seem very fashionable! AND we found a Starbucks (it tasted soooooooo good) it was funny it being the same but with different Brazilian cakes added in and obviously the mugs said São Paulo and Brasil!

Another thing that 'shocked' me was the openly gay atmosphere - I know Manchester is diverse but coming from quite poor areas in Brazil to then see this sort of change is São Paulo was a bit of a shock! There is even a 'gay' mall (we didn't go cause we fear kidnap)!!

Saturday night word on the street was (we are so ghetto now) the carnival rehearsals were going to be going on so a few of us from the hostel mooch off and glad we did! It was so amazing to see them samba'ing away the crowd loving life! But thinking the people who will be there on the 8th will be paying soooooooo much money and we saw it for free is crazy!

And quickly today (Sunday, day of sun, the sun is shining on a day) so after being told by Bamba (who we booked our little bus thing with) that we needed to sort our own ticket out that they got wrong (no one speaks Portuguese lucky I picked a bit up) we headed off to this park thing - Ibirapuera park - it was pretty big but you obviously go there to a, skate board b, be romantic c, jog d, ride a bike

And guess what shocking me and Vicki did none of the about but we did eat crisps and laugh at people looking shocked while they jogged past us!

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