When we first arrived in Brazil we took day trip was to Sao Paulo. We liked it so much we stayed there again at the end of the trip. Here's a few quick facts:
*The city is the largest in Brazil and first in South America by population.
*Sao Paulo itself has a population of 10,886,518
*Greater São Paulo, which includes adjacent municipalities, has a population close to 20 million, making it the third largest in the Americas, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.
*People from the city of São Paulo are known as paulistanos, while paulistas designates anyone from the whole of São Paulo state, including the paulistanos.
*São Paulo is the most ethnically diverse city in Brazil
The first time we went, we took a converted VW bus with about 23 other people on it (seriously--I counted) That was ridiculous, so the second time--we took a spacious bus. Here is me relaxing in my very own seat that I didn't have to share with anyone:
I quickly sniffed out a corn vendor--not as good as Mexican corn, but I love street food, and the corn was good. Here's Tavo trying to steal my corn:
You want my corn? I think not.
Can't stop eating corn long enough to take this photo:
Beautiful architecture all around--these were facades, actually.
And then we stumbled upon a ton of people...Let's go down there!
It was a market that extended for almost a mile
We met a group of kids who were playing music and singing--and they wanted us to join them. So we did--we didn't get any pictures, though. But we drank beer, sang, and spoke pidgin Portuguese with them for a good 30 minutes!
Below is another pic, just to give you an idea of how crowded it was:
After spending a few hours doing that, time to relax with a beer and our journal
in our favorite park...
Just so you know--this is the grossest bathroom in all of Sao Paulo:
by the park
Tavo met some skaters and took a turn with their board
Take the train back to where we catch our bus. Public transportation everywhere we visited in Brazil was phenomenal. In fact, we only took a taxi once--back to the airport. Otherwise the buses and trains were extremely user friendly and quick.