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Aug 14, 2010 - End of trip summary

Trip summary.  I'm on the bus to the airport which means I only have a few hours before I'm on the plane to Mexico city. Then I'm to las Vegas then to San Francisco where mom picks me up. I'm sitting on the bus thinking about my trip and how being home will be. The first shocker which almost made me cry was the thought that I have to go through customs in las Vegas. Customs are a pain in the but and I'm not going to lie, I've never had to clAim something like 7 bottles of wine. Well that's not a big deal but I was thinking about it and hard...

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Jul 1, 2010 - The beginning of the rain and a few gringo mistakes along the way!!!

So we arrived in Ihla Grande after a fun filled week in Rio and were greeted with picturesque beaches, boats and pousadas. The weather was sweet ... little did we know that this was to turn to rain. One of the most beautiful islands in Brazil turned out to be one of the most boring without the sun, particularly as the food was terrible ..... no decent seafood in sight ... on an ISLAND!!! Needless to say we didn´t stay there too long. Next stop Paraty, a beautiful colonial town south of Rio. We stayed in a quaint bed and breakfast...

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Apr 5, 2010 - Rain in Sau Paulo

Fairly self-explanatory title...it rained A LOT in Sau Paulo. However, having heard all the horror stories about the place we were quite surprised to find ourselves enjoying it. Phil, Eliza and I attempted to be tourists but in typical us fashion both the museum and the tower that we tried to visit were closed! But in the end we did get our panoramic view of the city from the top of their tower and it was stunning. We had some interesting nights out...Sol and I went to our first silent disco, and the next night with Phil we saw the most...

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Feb 10, 2010 - Sao Paulo, Brasil

We made it to Sao Paolo on a delightfully short bus ride from Rio (only 5hrs). We took the subway to Japan town, anticipating eating lots of asian food after months of chicken and potatoes. We found a hotel right in the action and started scoping out restaurants. Sao Paolo is gigantic and has a great subway system to get around. It is very clean and orderly compared to most of Brazil. It is the financial center of the country. All in all, it´s a bit boring though, just forests of grey highrise towers. It is not on the coast, which is weird...

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Feb 4, 2010 - Bom Dia Brazil - We've Arrived

The less said about our trans-Atlantic journey the better, really. Flew from Manchester to Heathrow, a nightmare 11 hour flight to Sao Paulo with TAM the Brazilian national airline, a very quick dash across Sao Paulo airport, embarrassingly so, to catch our connection to Cuiaba, but at least we were upgraded when we finally made that plane. Flying up to the region of Matto Grosso, the first and main thing that comes to you is how flat the land is, and how vast. As far as the eye can see in all directions, flat, green and increasingly as we...

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Jan 3, 2010 - Sao Paulo says shoes

The day gave us a less-than-24-hour stop-over in Sao Paulo. What to do with the time? Shoe shopping, of course! Aside from my fabulous yellow shoes, the city was underwhelming (granted it was a Sunday and quiet on all fronts)--not a contender with London and New York as some have claimed. A good stop if only to know that.

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Nov 29, 2009 - Arrival at Sao Paulo, Brazil to secure Boliva visa

Arrived in morning but could not check into hostel because there had been a big concert the night before and it was fully occupied. Very friendly owners of the hostel. Rested the day. Funny story: I reworded their shower sign for their one the wall water heater "to make the water hotter, lessen the water flow".

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Nov 28, 2009 - Sao Paulo

We some how managed to drag ourselves away from Ilha do Mel and took what was supposed to be a 6 1/2 hour bus journey to Sao Paulo. Unfortunately once we got to Sao Paulo we then sat in 2 1/2 hours of traffic before we got to the actual bus station!!! This is supposed to be expected though as Sao Paulo is famous for being gridlocked. We were only in Sao Paulo for the night because there isn't much to do there and we had heard that it is not that nice. From the time that we were there we found that, like all cities, there are nice parts and...

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Nov 21, 2009 - Overnight bus & minibus to Paraty

We had to be checked out of our rooms before 10am, so we did that before breakfast. That left us with only the lobby and the day room for our bags, which had no air-conditioning. People were all taking turns trying to nap or shower in there, but it was unbearably hot, so mostly we hung out in the lobby where it was cooler. We made a grocery run on the way to the bus station for our 16-hour ride to Sao Paulo, since they wouldn’t be serving a meal on this ride. We’ll have both a dinner stop at about midnight, and a breakfast stop in the...

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Jun 8, 2009 - Stopover in Sao Paulo

Mike starting - So we arrived in Sao Paulo around 8 am. There we (karen continuing...i had to go blow my nose) had a breakfast of granola bars. (that is not what i was going to write, but it works :) We caught a bus to the main bus station so we could buy our tickets to Parati (our stopover on the way to Rio). At the bus station we quickly found out that not speaking Portuguese in a non-english, largely non-spanish speaking country would be veerry interesting! Much sign language and gesturing ensued, but we found our way eventually. Also...

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Mar 17, 2009 - So Long Sao Paulo

My massive suitcase and I made it safely to Sao Paulo. Unfortunately I had to get us from there to the port of Santos about 2 hours away. I had booked a transfer through the cruise line and expected they would meet me at the airport. After waiting around the arrivals area a while, I had the representative from Costa paged. There was still no sign of them so I tried the local ground agent who only spoke Portuguese. I tried to keep my cool while on hold with the Costa office in the US. They informed me they should be there soon. When soon...

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Mar 1, 2009 - São Paulo, Brasil

São Paulo is financial hub of South America. It has 30 million people living here. Not much to see other than museums concerts and world class dining and bar scene. Paulistanos (locals) love Sampa as they call it. I am staying just off Avenida Paulistana which is meant to be nicer area with many boutique restaurants and shopping malls.

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