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Feb 1, 2005 - Tim's on his way

Well now. After 2 anxiety attacks and restless nights sleep I am finally leaving the UK on the 21:10 flight from Terminal 4. All looks good thanks to Pam as she has guaranteed me LEG-SPACE This could be the only time that I get it so "fingers crossed" for the upgrade to "Club" I land tomorrow morning in Sao Paulo ,2 hour wait, onto Recife (pronounced hey-see-fe) then another 3 hours and onto Salvador. I land at 4PM and it's celebration day (Condomble Festival) so it's going to be BUSY BUSY BUSY Davey arrives at 10:30 PM (I hope) so we'll be...

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Jan 31, 2005 - Brazil - Sao Paulo

Despite its supposedly ¨intimidating¨ reputation we found Sao Paulo with its 17 million population to be a good city...with lots of things to do and a very whizzy metro that puts the London underground to shame! We visited a snake institute where they milk the snakes for anti-venom (useful after our Pantanal experience) and the MASP - Sao Paulo´s art gallery which was hosting an excellent impressionist collection underground! We spent the evening in Liberdade - a suburb of Sao Paulo with a really large Japenese population and we had the...

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Jan 25, 2005 - Sao Paulo

With the aid of a sleeping tablet, the 15 hour journey to Sao Paulo went really quickly. Around the corner from the hostel was a great fruit and veg market. We stocked up on 25cent mangoes and varous other fruits and vegies. By chance it was Sao Paulo's 451st birthday and everything was shut. However, there was a huge party on in Paulista Avenue. It would have been great if the weather was dry! We met up with Larissa (Carols friend) and got a tour of the city by car. Larissa then took us to a Churrascaria restaurant. Damien was in...

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Jan 24, 2005 - Sao Paulo

So after sunning ourselves in Santa Catarina for the week it was time for yet another freezing overnight bus, but this time to Sao Paulo. This city in southern Brazil is the second largest (without surrounding urban areas), and the 4th biggest agglomeration in the world. We could therefore make the safe assumption that one or two people lived there... Following the comfort of the Sheraton in Montevideo we decided to treat ourselves again by staying a couple of nights in the 5-star Pestana. Ok... we admit not quite the usual abode for a...

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Jan 24, 2005 - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil is very different. there are no good internets, and you have to look for them (in Argentina there are 2 in every block). but the food here is better. McDonalds is even better... we are staying in a hotel (again... not very MUCHILERY...), but the city is kinda dangerous at night, so we stay in the hotel, and watch TV in portugues. portugues, by the way, is like russian! we dont understand anything! at the bus station in Foz do Iguaçu i wanted apple juice and got an apple instead! a real apple! tomorrow we are flying to Olinda, where...

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Dec 23, 2004 - Christmas in Brazil

I only left Buenos Aires last week, after a lovely stay with friends of Estela and itchy feet leading me towards Rio. So jumped on plane to Sao Paulo, and was fortunate to have a place to stay in a beautiful holiday resort one hour away, right on the beach,with great company (my Brazilian friend´s mum). I´m off there again tomorrow to spend Xmas with her in Sao Paulo, but right now I´m in Rio and it´s raining. Until next Monday!! And there is really nothing to do in Rio with rain, as it´s a total outdoor city. Staying with my friend...

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Dec 18, 2004 - The lap of luxury in Sao Paulo

From the beautiful beaches of Ilha do Mel to the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is apparently the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the world, quite a change from the small towns and cities that we´ve been seeing so far in South America. It is also the only place where we know someone living in South America that is also so hospitable as to let us stay with them. My friends Dan and Dawn Cosio and their lovely dog, Jack, are in Sao Paulo for a 2 year stint with the Brazilian Branch of Dan´s company. Let me tell you, seeing people...

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Oct 3, 2004 - 24 hours on a bus

Well actually only 22 hours but it took 2 hours to clear immigration from Argentina to Brazil. For day trips you luckily don't have to do immigration formalities but as we were now entering Brazil proper, we had to. It was not a bad journey. We managed to sleep well and we stopped to eat when required. It became quite clear to us how good our Spanish had become and how bad our Portuguese was, i.e. non-existent. We passed through Sao Paulo on the way which looked very industrial.

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May 21, 2004 - Off to fabulous Brazil

I am in Brazil at the moment with my good friend Dave and his sister-in-law Telma. Unfortunately Dave`s wife Monica has not been able to make it down here yet, even though it is their anniversary weekend. We hope she will be joining us this evening. So far the weather has not been on our side but we are keeping our fingers crossed that this endless cloud of rain will soon pass. We are staying at Momma Palmira`s house on the beach in Barra Do Una - Sao Sebastao and just waiting for the sun.

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FINDING MY WAY

Jul 25, 1989 - Sao Paulo

TUESDAY 25th JULY In Brazil continental breakfast is included in the price of the room, and the breakfast at the Fuji Palace was more than substantial. After eating my fill I set off to the city centre with two tasks in mind. First I had to change some money and secondly I had to purchase my ticket to Iguassu. I had made my reservation in Rio, but it was Saturday and I did not have the cash to pay. I have never been to a country where it is so difficult to change money. It was almost lunchtime before I found somewhere, again the Banco de...

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South America 1989

Jul 24, 1989 - Parati to Sao Paulo

MONDAY 24th JULY After a super breakfast in lovely tropical open-air surroundings, I set off to explore Parati. What a delightful little town! Parati was founded way back in the early sixteenth century. It's calm natural little harbour was perfect for adventurers looking for gold and precious stones, and so for decades the town flourished. When the boom calmed down Parati was forgotten, until a few years ago the Paulists, inhabitants of Sao Paulo, rediscovered it, and the government declared it a national monument, whose architectural style...

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South America 1989

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