Sao Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere. There are 22 million people living in the city and it is home to the largest Japanese and Italian population outside of Japan and Italy. We arrived in Sao Paulo by plane. When we began our decent we were already on the outskirts of the city. We flew down through high rise buildings and we were dubious that we were actually going to land at an airport.
We found a cheap hotel for the three of us in the central city. It looked to be a great location, close to the metro and near the historical buildings. We did some research once we arrived about things to do and we came across a warning advising us not to stay in the central city. Hmm. It referred to the area affectionately as “Crackland”. It turned out to be the place where all the weird and wonderful people hung out. That being said, we never had any trouble. We had to get used to homeless people sleeping in the doorway of the hotel and asking for money, but that was all. It’s hard to realise that this is the consequence of lower taxes and cheap labour. Life is cheap here.
Whilst in the city we went to the Portuguese Language Museum. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to language. There was no English to be seen, so we struggled to make any kind of sense of it. We even had to sit through 20 minutes of Portuguese poetry. I don’t appreciate English poetry, so you can imagine how I feel about Portuguese poetry. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best choice of museum for us.
We walked through arty gardens. It feels like every spare inch of Sao Paulo has something in it. There was an outdoor gym in the park, a cave, a look out, a pond and sculptures. It wasn’t even a big park! We also went to a food market. The smoothies were delicious. We purchased 70 reals of fruit, which is around $ 35 NZD. It looked amazing, but unfortunately the most expensive fruit was stolen on the bus ride to Ilha Grande.