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São Paulo - Day 8

Graffiti art and Parks

30 °C

We only had one full day in Sao Paulo, as we were using it as a stopping point between Paraty and Curitba really, but we wanted to make the most of it so we got up early, had toast for the first time in a week, and started the day. The blackboard at the hostel said 'Graffiti du MUBE' under things to do tomorrow, and after checking it out online, we discovered it was a Graffiti exhibition at the Museu Brasileiro da Escultura and decided to go there.

It was either a 50 minute journey on public transport or a 50 minute walk to the Museum so we decided to walk via Ibirapuera Parque, a massive urban park in São Paulo. The park was lovely, quiet and green, and I can imagine if you lived there (and were into exercise, unlike me in England - something I need to improve on when I return!) it would be a great place to jog, run or cycle.

There was a pond in the centre, and as we looked over the tiny bridge there were enormous fish on the surface - honestly big enough to batter and serve with chips! There was lots of birds around too, which I like taking pictures of...sorry for the murky fish pic! Just needed evidence!

On the way of the park, in between the busy roads of São Paulo - the worlds 8th largest city according to Wikipedia...would you believe Istanbul would be the 2nd???) - was the Bandeiras Monument, a huge stone tribute to the explorers who helped create São Paulo's culture.

Continuing our walk to the museum we went down a long main road with massive houses, clinics, shops for home interiors, on either side, obviously a wealthy area. Further along car dealerships popped up, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, Aston Martin...and even a Harley Davidson dealership Uncle Phil (I have been told you're reading this)! You'd be ok out here :)

Eventually we arrived at the graffiti exhibition after much longer than 50 minutes.

There was artwork inside and out, some of which I didn't like but most I definitely did...here are some of them and a couple of dubious pieces that Andrew stood next to!

Next stop was a shopping mall not far from the museum to see if they had any SD card to iPad cables as the hostel didn't have an SD slot and we figure many more won't and it would be easier to upload straight to the iPad. Andrew had to look at the maps (he loves them) to work out how we got there. He really had to get inside it:

On the way, the houses were enormous with CCTV outside and security on the gate, and the Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Louboutin shops inside the mall gave the area away again. We, of course, weren't dressed appropriately to go in and being currently jobless and homeless couldn't afford it anyway!

A note for travellers in Brazil - if you enjoy spicy food like we do, then forget it! After a week of relatively plain food we stopped at a place serving prawns with everything and chose the two things on the menu that had one and two chillies on the menu to show the spiciness. If they hadn't have marked it with a chilli I'd have never known the difference. Needless to say we're looking forward to a curry or chilli infused dish soon.

We walked towards the river after food, then wished we hadn't bothered when we were greeted by roads the size of the M6 either side!. We did, however, discover a plastic surgery clinic with the name Alan Landecker on the front, to whom we've given a swish movie style American accent and haven't been able to stop saying since.

After a short walk around another park, Parque Trianon, a tropical park with monuments and trees, Andrew declared he didn't need to see the other half as it was "more of the same", we got our first ice cream of the trip and headed back, exhausted.

We had a quiet evening in, planning more of the trip - booking a hostel in Lima and a flight from Lima to Cusco after we couldn't face a 21hr bus journey - and uploading photos via our new, £3 USB stick with SD slot from the market (nowhere sold iPad cables)!

Posted by staceywaugh 06:24 Archived in Brazil

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