Food, food and more food

Trip Start Jan 25, 2010
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Magda's

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We got up and left the hostel and headed down to the ferry. We had to get a ticket so we went a bit early and ended up being first in the queue. We got back to the mainland and hopped on the local bus to the coach station - luckily we knew what we were doing since we had made the trip already. It was totally chucking it down and we were discussing what hot drinks and food we were going to get at the bus station. When we went to buy the tickets we had just gone in the entrance which we assumed led to cafes, shops and other things to entertain us. No, there was one shop and one little cafe - I really wanted tea but obviously they didn't sell it.
We were really really late getting in to Sao Paulo and I was anxious to contact Magda, my good friend from my first Brazil trip,  or  her boyfriend Andre to let them know we had arrived. I had Andre's number so as soon as we got off I headed to the pay phone...except they only accept phone cards which of course we didn't have. We tried to buy one but no-one understood what we wanted. In the end we found an internet cafe so we went there to try and skype Andre. I tried the house, his cell phone, Magda's cell phone and her work phone. No answer! It was nearly 11pm by this time so we just decided we were going to have to try go to Sao Judas and hope they were there. Add to this the fact that myself and Andre have never met so none of us are going to be able to recognise each other and we got a pretty ridiculous situation.
Luckily once we got off the train I looked up and saw Magda and presumably Andre waving at us. We were so late that Magda had finished work and got home.
They took us to their apartment and ordered us pizza since it is famous here thanks to the Italian immigrants who settled her and some claim it is better than Italy.I had my first experience of sweet pizza as they ordered 2 thirds savory and one third sweet. The sweet pizza had chocolate sauce and strawberries with white chocolate swirls - delicious.
Of course we had the problem of paying which is always an issue with the overly generous Brazilians! After a great nights sleep we were treated to breakfast, complete with china tea cups from Magda (who loves everything British).
Magda took us shopping to the jewellrey shopping area which is absolutley amazing, I have never seen so many jewellrey (ready made, wholesale) or bead shops in my entire life -there must have been hundreds. Magda warned us to hang on to our handbags and not talk too much! she told us that since this area and south of Brazil has many immigrants from europe we wouldnt stand out too much unless people heard us talking English (hence the recommendation to keep quiet!) once Magda had shown us around and explained how it worked she had to get off to work but myself and Jen had a good shop. We were a bit peckish so we went in a small shopping centre and found a little cafe with one counter and stools. We had a look and pointed at a few different things, some were ok but one item was amazing. Im not sure what they are called but it is basically warm cheese filled dough....yum! Later in the afternoon we went back to the apartment and took advantage of being in a home and not a hostel for once. We got food, made popcorn (another new obsession) and watched loads of DVDs. The next day me and Jen went and did more exploring and I bought a new bag since my backpack was broken. I couldnt find a backpack anywhere and suitcases were about 100 so I was wondering what to do when I saw a small purple, childs holdall complete with a purple teddy attached. It was about a tenner so I snapped it up! We went for a walk around the park and saw lots of interesting sculptures. That evening watched a few more DVDs while we waited for Magda to finish work.
Our old flatmate from Vancouver, Alex, happens to be from the same area of Brazil as Magda and andre and now also lives in Sao Paulo. Magda took it upon herself to contact him on our behalf and arranged for us all  to meet him at the weekend. We also planned a night out with Magda and Andre to sample some of the nightlife. It was quite an interesting journey with Magda's crazy driving, getting lost and her and Andre arguing about directions! Once we got to the place it was really nice, with live music and best of all cheap drinks!.
The next day Magda and Andre took us to sample the traditional Brazililian dish ' ' at one of the local restaurants. It is a big huge pot of pork with black beans which

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