Can't Believe Im In Brazil
Sao Paulo Travel Blog› entry 10 of 28 › view all entries
My first impressions of Brazil were tainted by Sao Paulo. It is not what I expected. Perhaps if I come back I will be ready but Sao Paulo is a big sprawling "metropolis" of a city. It is the biggest and most populated city, not only in Brazil or South America but one of the most populated in the entire Southern Hemisphere!
To say I got a culture shock would be an understatement. I come from a country with less than 5 million people. Sao Paulo has almost 5 times that and that does not even include the people living in the favelas around the city. It was so bad that while walking around town a local "paulista" asked me for directions!
I do not want to sound overly negative but Sao Paulo did not blow me away as I thought it might.
I walked around a lot of Sao Paulo. I mean a lot. I enjoy walking around places and simply getting lost. Being lost is not as bad as it is made out to be when you plan to get lost. You end up stumbling across a lot of hidden gems this way that you otherwise would have missed.
After walking down a street that I shouldn't have and running for my life onto the train I stumbled across Ibirapuera Park. A heavenly park in the middle of all of this madness and chaos that seems to make everything ok.
Life in the park is on a different level to the rest of the city. People move about at their own pace here. More relaxed. More beautiful. Happier. There were several interesting museums within the park to keep me busy apart from simply strolling around and simply taking it all in.
As I left the park it was already beginning to get dark but yet again I got lost. It suddenly dawned on me, that I did not have a clue where the hostel was. With that thought in mind, I saw a circus tent across the road.
The circus was one of the funniest shows that I have ever seen in my life. There were no animals. Well there were. But there wasn't. The clowns filled in for all the animals as necessary. The clown, I am mean, the monkey took a real liking to me. Bear in mind that at this point I knew no Portuguese at all and the show was not in English. The clowns decided to play off this. The man next to me kept answering for me, he was clearly making fun of me, it certainly entertained everyone in the tent.