In the big, big city

Sao Paulo Travel Blog

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In our first proper stop in Brazil in Sao Paulo, this is the world´s third largest metropolis with 20 million living around these smogy parts.  Got here this morning after the overnight bus from Foz do Iguacu.  Escaped the torrential downpour that knocked out power here in SP and in Rio and half of Brazil.  We were in the middle of the storm but the Itapiu Dam doesn´t provide electricity to Argentina so the lights stayed on.  Before the bus went to a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of town and wandered through looking at the wildlife sheltering from the rain - they were probably think what idiots are walking around in this weather!

The bus to Sao Paulo was full with a tour group that we´d first encountered going over to Uruguay, including a chap from Bulkington near Coventry.  Had dinner at 10pm in an empty cafeteria place and breakie at 7am somewhere off the motorway.  Then crawled into town through the morning rush hour.

Since being in Sao Paulo have wandered around the city centre which is hectic and hot, then up the BANSPA building - a mini Empire State to lok over the smog and tower blocks.  The city stretched off in all directions - busy roads, concrete tower blocks, haze and helicopters.  Not the most soulful place but popping into the main art gallery later in the upmarket Avenue Paulista area.

Tomorrow getting the bus to the coast so hopefully the sun will shine in Paraty.

Iain & Becca


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Sao Paulo
photo by: Eric