An interesting journey
Sao Paulo Travel Blog› entry 57 of 134 › view all entries
January 27th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
Despite no service on board, the recline was pretty good, the air con on a reasonable level and we all settled down for the night. Or so we thought. At around 12am the bus ground to a rather sudden halt having burst 3 of its tyres.
Sao Paulo is one of the worlds largest and most densley populated cities. It took us 2 hours to cross the city to get to the bus terminal and we still were no where near the centre. No wonder we saw so many helicopters taking the rich people that live there where they need to go, you'd never get there otherwise. We finally pulled into the main station at 2pm when we were meant to arrive at 6am. We were not amused.
Fortunately the second bus ride of the 31 hour journey was less eventful and more scenic. The road wound through tropical rainforested hills and overlooked the atlantic ocean. Lying quiestly in the bays were hundreds of remote tropical islands which looked so inviting. We were tired, but happy to be on the move and moving towards a lovely beach.
We pulled into Paraty at 10:30pm and went to our hostel, Misti Chill House, which had been highly recommended by numerous people. What we found on arrival was mouldy pillows, sunken mattresses, a fan that had seen better days, rude staff and a bathroom that hadn't been cleaned since the 60's. I'm a flashpacker these days clearly as we were all rather less than impressed and spent the night awake discussing the appalling conditions and how we'd get out of them. Oh the joys of travelling!
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