Hello. We’ve been to brazil.
Just a quick visit: two cities and an island. Well, two cities, an island, and the town we got a boat to the island from.
City number 1 was São Paulo. A huge sprawling city with about 20 million humans living there. We only had time to see a tiny part of the sprawl in 3 days. There was a lot of walking and looking – two of our favourite things – and searching for shade. Here are a few key moments from our time in “Sampa”:
Emma ate many pao de queijos (the new milcao, you might say), a cheese bread made from mandioca flour
I got addicted to fresh coconut juice, from a coconut, with a straw
I got very excited about all the new tropical fruit and vegetables – Emma managed to prevent me from buying them all at once
We struggled with Portuguese pronunciation, eventually resigning ourselves to just pointing and gesturing
We visited the largest bookshop in south america and bought a book on Portuguese language that didn’t help at all
We visited MUBE, an art gallery. MUBE fact: The land it now ocupies was at one point going to be turned into a car park but due to public demand for a comunal space it instead became MUBE. The architect put the gallery space under ground and created a public park on the surface to keep the public happy. MUBE
We visited MIS, another art gallery – Emma was excited because it had the Bowie exhibition that was on at the V&A last year. Entrance was about a third of the price of the V&A. Some people come to brazil to get cheaper plastic surgery. We just came for cheaper exhibitions
We went up a tower – the view from the top let us see just how vast Sao Paulo is
We visited a hidden Jazz club called Jazz nos fundos. It was so hidden that we couldn’t find it the first time and had to try again another night armed with detailed instructions. Our perseverance was rewarded with afro-carribean-jazz
We decided to visit China town so we could see how it compared with New York and London. After walking around the area where it was supposed to be for 20 minutes we had only managed to see a single Chinese person and nothing else. Perhaps China town was the Brazilian cafe that also sold yakisoba. Maybe that and the Chinese person we saw constitutes china town. We were hoping for a bit more
We tried to go for walking tour but turned up on wrong day. At first we were disappointed but then we remembered we can walk without a tour, so that’s what we did
Then it was time to leave.
Average temperature: 30 degrees
Power cuts: 1
Pao de queijo’s eaten: 9
Thing most grateful for: air conditioning on the subway