Finally arrived in Sao Paulo.. but what about the bags?
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(Alex) We arrived at the airport in Sao Paulo after travelling for over 30 hours and headed to baggage collection. Nat´s bag was waiting, but my brand new bag was no where to be seen! I felt sick.
We spoke to the man from Swiss air and it turned out that my bag was still in London, they had forgotten to put it on the plane. He said that they would put it on the next plane and it would arrive that night. They agreed that they would take it to the hotel where we were staying in the morning.
Nat said to the man that we needed to be compensated and so they gave us 100 dollars (around 70 pounds). We used this to get a taxi to our hotel
We travelled through Sao Paulo and it was immediately obvious that there was a massive divide between rich and poor as you could see shanty towns on one side of the road and high rise apartments on the other.
we arrived at the hotel and it looked really nice from the outside. As we were checking in though we realised that Nat´s bag had been ripped on the journey and was looking real wrecked. We carried it up to the room and realised that all the stuff like needle and thread and superglue etc were in my bag (in London). Because we had not noticed sooner we had no chance of getting any compensation from Swiss air and found that our travel insurance had a 75 pound excess on baggage, which made it pointless to claim for a bag that only cost 50 pounds in the first place.
The room was great though. There was a kitchen and a sitting room as well as a lovely double bed and bathroom. The view out the window was amazing as we were on the 15th floor and could see miles of Sao Paulo.
we were both real tired and I was still wearing the dirty clothes from the journey and we also realised that the toothpaste was in my bag too :-( We decided that before anything we would have a sleep for a couple of hours.
We woke up and decided to go exploring. We were a bit nervous as we had heard so much about how dangerous Sao Paulo was, even though we were in the nice part we didnt know what to expect. We got a map from reception and went for a walk. It was not as hot as we expected and we had a really nice explore.
We had some lunch.. a couple of sandwiches that were delicious! The man who served us was really friendly and this helped us feel more at ease. As we carried on we realised that most people we met were amazingly nice.
We were shattered so we decided that we would take advantage of a room with a kitchen and make dinner in the room.