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  • Day329

    Feliz ano novo do Brasil

    December 31, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    2018 war definitiv unser Jahr! Wir haben unsere Jobs gekündigt, die Wohnung aufgegeben, die Autos verkauft und sind los in die weite Welt. Bereut haben wir dies keine Minute und würden es sofort wieder tun.

    Nun sind wir in Brasilien, unserem 16. Land, angekommen. Eigentlich stand das Land überhaupt nicht auf unserer Wunschliste. Aber da wir einen sehr günstigen Flug von Johannesburg nach Sao Paulo gefunden haben, entschieden wir uns gleich ein bisschen hier zu bleiben. Naja Sao Paulo ist in unseren Augen jetzt nicht wirklich sehenswert. Wir verbrachten einen Tag im Parque Ibirapuera, was sehr schön war, denn der Park ist eine grüne Oase inmitten der vielen Hochhäusern. Heute erkundeten wir dann die Stadt. Leider gibt es aufgrund der Feiertage keine Walking Touren, so mussten wir uns alleine auf den Weg machen. Als erstes ging es zur Cathedrale Sé, wo gerade eine Messe stattgefunden hat. Danach spazierten wir durch ein anderes Stadtviertel, das für viele Restaurants und seine zahlreichen Graffitis bekannt ist. Jedoch war die Gegend sehr ausgestorben, wohl aufgrund des Silvesters. Zum Abschluss ging es zur Avenue Paulista, wo uns eine weitere Ansammlung hässlicher Hochhäuser erwartete. Hier liefen die Vorbereitung für die Silvesterparty auf Hochtouren. Wir bleiben lieber in der Nähe unseres Hostels und stossen wahrscheinlich nach Schweizer Zeit an. Wir kämpfen immer noch ein bisschen mit der Zeitumstellung und morgen früh geht es auch schon weiter nach Rio.😴🛫Read more

  • Sep3

    São Paulo

    September 3, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Courte escale à São Paulo où nous avons passé la nuit avant de prendre un bus de 17h pour aller aux chutes d'Iguaçu. Les brésiliens que nous avons rencontrés sont très sympas et parlent pour l'instant très bien anglais. N'ayant que la matinée pour visiter, ils nous ont conseillé d'aller voir « Beco do Batman», une rue connue pour ses graffitis.Read more

  • Day18

    São Paulo Sightseeing

    December 13, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Geplant war am Nachmittag die Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt abzuklappern. Die teilweise heftigen Regenfälle haben dies nicht wirklich erleichtert. Die Stadt mit knapp 12 Millionen Einwohnern spiegelt die Masse an Personen wider. Sowohl an U-Bahnen als auch an Straßen und Fußgängerzonen sind diese eben für diese Massen an Menschen ausgelegt. Kein guter Ort für klaustrophobische Anfälle 😁. Das größte Wohnhaus der Welt mit 5.000 Bewohnern und Wohnungen von 12 bis 350 Quadrarmetern in einem gigantischen Hochhaus war leider verhüllt, da es renoviert wurde.

    Los ging es mit der Metro und zu Fuß zum Monumento às Bandeiras (Bild 2) außerhalb des Centrums. Das Monument zu den Bandeiras ist eine Sulptur des italienisch-brasilianischen Bildhauers Victor Brecheret am Eingang des Ibirapuera-Parks. Es wurde 1954 fertiggestellt. Es erinnert an die sogenannten Bandeiras, portugiesische Siedler aus dem 17. Jahrhundert auf der Suche nach Reichtum in einer goldgräberähnlichen Stimmung, die sich hauptsächlich in der Gegend um São Paulo niedergelassen haben.

    Danach ging es mit der Metro in Centrum. Erste Station war die Catedral Metropolitana de São Paulo (Bild 3) Sie ist die Kathedrale der römisch-katholischen Erzdiözese der Stadt. Sie wird trotz ihrer im Renaissance-Stil errichteten Kuppel häufig als viertgrößte neugotische Kathedrale der Welt bezeichnet und steht auf der Praça da Sé. Fertiggestellt wurde die Kathedrale erst im Jahr 1954 zur 400-Jahr Feier der Stadt, die Türme sogar erst 1967.

    Eine sehr schöne Kirche auch im Centrum gelegen ist die Mosteiro de São Bento de São Paulo (Bild 4). Trotz Fotoverbot wurde der Augenblick genutzt, in dem Der Wachmann seinen Rundgang macht. Das Kloster wurde 1598 gegründet, die Kirche jedoch erst 1914 erbaut.

    Zuletzt noch das Theatro Municipal (Bild 5). Das Theatro Municipal de São Paulo ist ein Theater- und Opernhaus und ist eines der Wahrzeichen der Stadt und bekannt für seine Architektur und historische Bedeutung. Mit dem Bau wurde 1903 unter dem Konstrukteur Ramos de Azevedo und den zwei italienischen Architekten Cláudio Rossi und Domiziano Rossi begonnen – inspiriert von der Italienischen Oper, hauptsächlich der Mailänder Scala. Eröffnet wurde das Haus am 12. September 1911 mit einer Aufführung der Oper Hamlet von Ambroise Thomas.
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  • Day99

    Day 99: Helicopter flight, hell yeah :)

    October 27, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    That's just awesome 😎, flying over such a huge area off waterfalls is the only way to really see and understand how big it is. From the air I noticed for the first time that the geographics are really linear. It all makes sense that this big river drops off a wide cliff and because the river approaches diagonally (seen from above) it spreads out over the whole length of the cliffs. From the helicopter it looked smaller but never small since getting an overview picture was not easy at all.
    I knew that is was going to be good weather so I booked the flight yesterday, I could show up anytime. So I did when the sun did, between 9 and 10:00. I had packed my bags and stuffed the big one in a locker at the Brasilian Iguazu entrance because it would safe me the trip back to the city. The money I saved I used for a Cab, so I would not have to struggle through people to be early at the helicopter. I arrived when I meant to and this guy who promised me a good seat was the salesman I expected, the front seat was claimed by this old lady (let me say this: not all old ladies are nice and friendly 😑) her pushing resulted in better pictures in the end because I jumped in the heli on the right side next to a window that could open also yeah 😊. Since granny was accompanied by 2 others I sure did claim my open window and didn't let them push me away from it. The flight only takes 10minutes anyway and it was awesome, I would never get enough and flying in a Heli is so much different than in a plane, you really float more. Way more natural feeling with less shocking bumps.
    A little adrenaline but more excitement pumped through my body. I left there happy and it certainly was worth the money. Time to see the Brasilian side up close. Actually this side is more the overview side, you can see the beauty of the opposite side (almost the whole line) but only the devills 😈 throat you see up close from underneath mainly. Certainly worth visiting but it's much less as the Argentina side so do the Brasilian side first and with good weather since it's more about distance views. Also the Argentina side is more a tracking area and the Brasilian side gives you the idea of a theme parc where you can go in several attractions (excluded in the entrance ticket) and go by buses.
    So I was done here when the weather turned bad so that resulted for me to have lunch above the waterfalls and be 4 hours early for my flight. I killed this time easily and before I knew it I was back in the hotel in Sao Paulo where I was 3 days ago. It's really nice if you know your way so no problems just be patient and wait for your ride 😆. Good night.
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  • Day105

    Simply São Paulo

    November 11, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    São Paulo is probably one of the most underrated cities. Before arriving, we were warned about the dangers of the metropolis. Even the Brazilians in Rio didn't have a high opinion of São Paulo. It's just a big, dirty city was the usual response. Perhaps it was the area that we were staying in but we found the city to be vibrant with plenty of culture and great food. As the hotel receptionist proudly claimed: “we don't have the beaches of Rio, but we have culture and food. If you look really hard, you will find the beauty”. True, it is a big city with more than 20 million people in the greater metropolitan area, and parts of the city are dirty, particularly in the downtown area, yet there is still something about the city. All across Brazil there are warnings about the dangers of being robbed or assaulted but in Jardins, a more upmarket suburb of São Paulo, we felt safe. Perhaps we were just naïve.

    We almost didn't make it to São Paulo from Rio. As we were in the line to board the plane, we realised that our flight had changed gates and we were boarding a flight for a completely different city in Brazil. We had to hot-foot it to the correct gate and made it on-board just before take-off. There had been no announcement about the change and a minute or two later we would have been stranded in Rio.

    Once we arrived in São Paulo, we went in search of food and our latest addiction, Caiprinihas. In Rio, we had also acquired a taste for salgados, a salty, deep-fried Brazilian snack, and fortunately for us, they could be found everywhere in São Paulo. At one of the local snack bars, we indulged in a salgado as a pre-lunch appetizer. When paying for our meal, the waiter rattled off something in Portuguese. Still unable to speak much Portuguese, Jason decided that he would respond in Spanish. The waiter assumed that we were Spanish so he replied “Gracias, Señor”. We quickly realised that few Paulistanos could speak Spanish. Later, we finally found our Caipriniha but it was unlike the ones we tasted in Rio. It was straight alcohol on the rocks. And didn't they hit us hard! We rolled out of the restaurant and stumbled back to our hotel. Luckily it was only a hop, skip and a jump away. We swear we aren't alcoholics (but we might need to attend a few AA meetings before returning home).

    Immediately, we noticed that the cosmopolitan city was a melting pot, full of diversity and seemingly tolerant of all kinds of people. In the middle of Jardins, along Avenida Paulista, we stumbled upon a park, which we named “Homo Park” (we never did bother to find out its real name). We named it based upon the large number of same-sex couples inhabiting the area, cuddling and kissing each other. A gaggle of gays in the park, so to speak, and no-one batted an eyelid. It was if we were attracted to the same-sex attracted couples like a magnet. Of course we can sniff out our people anywhere in the world! Maybe it's the inbuilt gaydar. Even with Australia voting “yes” in the postal vote for same-sex marriage, these kinds of public displays of affection are not something that you regularly see around Brisbane. But here, we felt that it was completely acceptable and people felt safe to do so without persecution.

    Like any big city, there are many homeless people on the streets of São Paulo. It's almost as if they live in an alternative reality, invisible to the rest of society, as people go about their lives simply stepping over them on the footpaths, and maybe handing them some change every now and then. Standing on a platform at the top of a building looking down onto the streets, Ricky spotted what appeared to be someone's arse in the air. Then a second later, it was confirmed. Yes, we had just witnessed someone shit in the middle of the street. Pretty certain that wasn't on the bucket list.

    On our second day, Paulista Avenue was closed-off to traffic and the streets turned into a party. There were more gays than a pride fair or a mardi gras. And more eccentric people than a Lady Gaga outfit at the Grammys. It made for a great afternoon of entertainment. As we watched an indigenous group from Ecuador play pan-pipes to music that was a fusion of modern and traditional music, the crowd included a guy doing a two-step shuffle. He stood there with a blank look in his eye, as if he was stuck in a k-hole, whilst wearing a jumper in 35 degree weather. Staring at the band, he swayed back and forth or attempted to imitate them, spinning around to the music. Every now and then, he would return to the sideline and rest. But sure enough, he would be up and ready to go again as soon as a new song commenced. He returned a few days later when it was Republica Day, a national holiday to celebrate the overthrow of the Empire of Brazil. This time, he came with his bag of crackers that he munched on like a mouse all day. He was almost as entertaining as the band.

    Another guy danced like a crazed peacock, throwing his hands in the air. At one point, he hijacked an elderly woman in a wheelchair, took her for a dance and spun her around the streets. She lapped it up as if she was the star of the show, waiving like the Queen from her wheelchair. His erratic dance moves were punctuated with a flicking of his head and feathered earring to the beat of the music. He too was almost as entertaining as the band.

    The eye-candy on the streets was to die for, as hot, shirtless men filled the streets. What better way to spend the day than staring at the abs of an Adonis, along with a cold beverage! But by the end of our stay, Jason's retinas were damaged and he needed an ophthalmologist. He couldn't handle anymore Brazilian beauties. And if Ricky had a dollar for everytime Jason said "hottest men in the world" Ricky could retire. Jason was also struggling with his new look, which made him now look like Ellen DeGeneres with a beard.

    Apart from ogling the men and enjoying the people-watching along Avenida Paulista, we found time to visit some of the museums in the city, such as the Museum of Art São Paulo (MASP), which had an exhibition on the history of sexuality in art. On our last day, we visited the Modern Art Museum. It was hardly worth the $2.50 entry fee. It was literally one large room with questionable “art” and another smaller room with a video installation of a knitting circle, involving a crying nana – we think she may have dropped a stitch. We also visited the Afro Brazil Museum. We were expecting a museum displaying Afro-Brazilian culture, but we were hard-pressed to find many artefacts and instead it seemed to be more dedicated to Catholicism in Brazil. At least it passed the time before we needed to head to the airport (and it was free).

    São Paulo is notorious for its traffic jams, with over six million vehicles on the roads at peak hour. With this in mind, we left for the airport a little earlier, but this did not settle Jason’s nerves as he stressed about missing our flight. Throughout the journey Jason was constantly calculating the estimated time of arrival, in between conversations with the taxi driver using Google Translate. At one point, the ETA was midnight. Fortunately, the predictions did not eventuate and we made our flight, albeit with little time to spare.

    Next stop: Foz do Iguaçu / Puerto Iguazú
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  • Day2

    Sampa streets

    March 23, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Well, actually the pictures don't really show São Paulo (Sampa)'s streets, which is partly because I didn't really feel like pulling out my camera in the crowded city center, and partly because the parks make for much prettier fotos.
    I started of at Parque Ibirapuera, a huge park that's in comfortable walking distance from Felipe's place. Fitness is a big issue here: although it was a weekday and late morning, the park was full of people doing different kinds of exercise. I also visited Museu Afro Brasil, an exhibition about slaves in Brazil.
    When I had finally found out which bus to take, I went to the city center. In between Praça da Sé and Praça da República I allowed myself to get lost in the crowd. As expected, São Paulo isn't exactly pretty, it is rather something like the true face of everyday life.
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  • Day1

    Quick update

    March 22, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Mc current trip through Brazil starts off in São Paulo, where I'm visiting my friend Felipe. We were studying our master's degree together, but he already got back to work in his home country.
    As the picture shows, the weather didn't look very promising in the morning, but despite rain and thunderstorm forecasts, it turned out to be mostly sunny.Read more

  • Day6

    São Paulo

    February 8, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    So I am now ready to move on from São Paulo up to Recife. SP has been lots of fun but I am looking forward to going to the beach and getting a tan because I am so pale.

    After my first day which was a bit of a shaky start, I met my Brazilian friend who took me to a pre-Carnival pool party. This was really fun although most of the songs were in Brazilian so I was just pretending to singalong. A couple of drinks in though we started making loads of friends and it was a really good evening. Except being the clumsy idiot I am I fell over and twisted my ankle and now it's a little bit swollen 😖

    The next day I met Mariana again and we went for sushi at one of SPs many Japanese restaurants. We went to Tekemaria e Cia which did really good sushi for a fairly reasonable price. We then walked to Ibirapuera Park which is huge and we ended up walking around it nearly 3 times, walking about 20km in one day. When I got back to the hostel the English girls who I met were there and we went out for dinner in Vila Madalena. We ate at this really good place that did the best roast beef with mozzarella, tomatoes and olives. We also got this pulled beef joint which was incredible. Brazil does good meat.

    The next day we made banana pancakes for breakfast with chocolate and mango and went to MASP which is the must see art museum in SP. I do not think we were that impressed with it tbh. After that we walked round the shopping malls, had some lunch and walked to Ibirapuera Park again and this time there was a band playing, I'm guessing they were practicing for Carnival. After Lucy and I came back to the hostel because we were tired and ended up getting some amazing ice cream in Vila Madalena. We were planning on going to a hip hop night but in the end we just stayed and drank in the hostel.

    All in all, I really can't make my mind up about São Paulo. Half of me thinks it's a really cool city with amazing restaurants, nightlife and shopping, especially in Vila Madalena. The other half thinks it's a big anonymous concerete jungle with not much to do in terms of sight-seeing. I am happy I can tick SP off the list but not sure it is somewhere I will return.
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  • Day2

    Vila Madalena

    February 4, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    When I arrived in SP I got the bus from the airport to the metro and then three different changes until I got to Via Madalena. It was exactly like using the London underground but i was still super impressed with myself 😏 ...although it did take nearly two and a half hours to get there!

    I'm staying in Cafe Hostel in Vila Madalena. After settling in I decided to walk round the neighbourhood. It is such a cool part of SP and has a bit of a surfer/ bohemian vibe to it. It doesn't feel dangerous at all or like the concrete jungle I have heard SP be described as. Whilst exploring I stumbled across Baco de Batman or 'Batman's alley' which was full of some incredible street art.

    When I got back to the hostel I just chilled for a bit and read my book until I met three English girls. We chatted and cooked dinner together, spaghetti bolognese. By that point I was completely wiped out from the days travelling and headed off to bed although it took forever to actually get to sleep because of how noisy it was.
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  • Day15

    Let's pack!

    June 28, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Sasa oficially finished her exchange semester with her last exam and we are ready to travel again! So today was just a packing day. So far, we have covered Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the Iguazu falls.

    Now we have a 2 weeks adventure ahead of us. Tomorrow we head to the northeast to the state of Bahia, our first stop is going to be Salvador, the so-called Afro-Brazilian jewel. From there we go to a national park of Chapada Diamantina, to explore the crystal blue pools, rushing waterfalls and rugged hiking trails. Afterwards we fly more to the north to get some sun tan as the north is famous for the most beautiful beaches of Brazil. We will move down the coast spending some time in Pipa, Joao Pessoa and Recife. From Recife we take a flight to a last point of our trip...park Lencois Maranhenses where we plan to do a 3 day trek right across a desert. We are sooo excited to start our travels. Hopefully everything will work out as planned and we will have an amazing time.Read more

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