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Touched Down in Brazil...

So...after months of planning, our trip has finally commenced! It didn't quite sink in until we touched down in Sao Paolo, Brazil, our first stop on this crazy adventure.

Initial reaction once we left the airport...holy crap, we don't speak a word of Portuguese. "Don't worry", said a lady in line as we check in for our TAM flight to Brazil, "you'll find lots of people speak English". In contrast, we've found most people don't speak a word of English and we must communicate by smiling, pointing, and charades, though we have picked up a few words and phrases to get us by. Brazilians are generally sympathetic, but when you pronounce "reales" (Brazilian money) like you think it would sound, instead of "hay-ice", like you're supposed to, there's not much they can do for you :)

We spent our first three days in Sao Paolo, a pretty fun place to start the trip. We spent our time navigating the city via the metro (very clean and efficient). We visited the main parks downtown (Praca da Se, Luz, and Placa da Republica) and surrounding streets.
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Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral

We also traveled to Sao Paolo's beautiful, central park. We hung out and watched how the Brazillians entertain themselves...pretty much like us; sunbathing, skateboarding, frisbee, and lots of soccer ("football"). We also stumbled upon a farmer's market and tried our hand at buying produce. The woman was so confused that I only wanted one banana that she just gave it to me for free. We capped our day off by eating at a pizzeria, which was very good (Brazillians believe they have the best pizza in the world, even over New York and Italy, but the jury is still out on that one :) ).
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I've learned quite a bit over the first few days about Sao Paolo (pronounced "Sam Paolo" and called Sampa by the locals) and Brazil. Sao Paolo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere with about 19 million people - it's a monster. It also has geography a lot like San Francisco, just not on the water, and reminds us constantly we are out of shape. Also, there is an enormous Japanese population here, apparently the 3rd largest Japanses population outside of Japan...things you learn :)

So, for now, we'll leave you with lots of love. We travel to Paraty next, a historic, small, colonial town on the beach!

Posted by geldere 14:58 Archived in Brazil

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