SA - Sao Paulo
24/05 - 25/05
26/05 - 28/05
04h30 and we were wide awake. Clearly the jet lag was playing tricks on our body clocks. Okay...let's try sleep a little longer.
07h00 and there was no way we could sleep any longer. Perhaps in South America we are just natural morning people.
We spent the day organising our lives. Doing a little research about Sao Paulo, Manaus and Brazil in general. We also chatted to some of the young staff that worked at the Hostel. Bianca was very knowledgeable and gave us some great advice on what to see around Sao Paulo.
We also happened upon a couple of braai's on the rooftop...perhaps we can have boerie rolls for lunch?
Caipirinha is made up of Cachaca (local sugar cane liquor), sugar and lime! They were super strong and each time our glasses were close to empty, they were topped up once again. Bianca introduced us to some more folk from the hostel and we played a few games together. They all decided to go out to a Samba club but our bodies were still in African time, so it was bedtime for us!
1. We love walking
2. It would be in English
3. It was free!
We hopped off at Republica Station and as we accented the stairs, we caught the eye of young man with a clipboard. He quickly beckoned us over...obviously we still stick out. His name was Rafa and he was leading the Sao Paulo Free Walking Tour. He seemed super energetic and showed us where we could sign up.
Once we had we were up to date on the going ons in Brazil, both present and past, we began the walking part of the tour. We were exploring the Old Downtown so the tour was mainly going to consist of seeing the significant buildings in the area.
Once we arrived at the park, the driver explicitly gestured that we should get off... Pretty much like having a personal chauffeur!
Stepping off the bus we could hear the beat of a drum group practising just outside the gates. They were really good and flashes of our night in the Samba club came flooding back!
We entered the AfroBrazilian Museum hoping to be enlightened on the path slavery took in the country but as we looked around we realised it was more artistically than historically based.