I may be the most surprised to be in Sao Paulo Brazil. The last time I was in South America I decided to skip Brazil, it had three strikes in my plan
- It is expensive
- It is not a Spanish country and would hinder my learning
- It is dangerous (or so people said)
But people also raved about Brazil and compared the friendliness and generosity to Colombia so I have always known I would go back.
And so when a big travel conference was announced in Sao Paulo along with the opportunity to speak I could not pass it up.
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Deciding to spend 10 days in Sao Paulo was a bit troublesome, mostly because everyone on the Bacon is Magic Facebook Page told me terrible things about Sao Paulo and warned me that 10 days were far too many.
Readers told me it was an ugly, dangerous concrete jungle with not much to see.
They were wrong.
I have really been enjoying my time in Sao Paulo. True, the central downtown core is just a series of skyscrapers but there is so much more to the city.
Here’s what I like about Sao Paulo.
Things to Love About Sao Paulo
Neighbourhoods in Sao Paulo
I now realize I was lucky to have issues with the hotel I was supposed to stay in because the neighbourhood I am staying in now, Ana Rosa, is an older neighbourhood without skyscrapers.
The streets are lined with interesting restaurants and bars and I feel comfortable here.
Transportation in Sao Paulo
The subway system here is modern and pretty easy to navigate. The downside is that it is $3 a ride, but that is the same as Toronto and it goes to far more locations.
Can you believe I haven’t eaten feijoada? Yes I love rice and black beans but I also wanted to experience the diversity of a big city.
Because I am here for the conference I decided I wouldn’t do what I usually do, create a long list of food I need to eat.
But just stumbling upon restaurants I’ve been able to sample traditional food in Brazil from around the country as well as fantastic Japanese food, thanks to the large Japanese population in Brazil.
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Cocktails in Sao Paulo
I love caipirinhas. They are one of the best cocktails around the world.
Nothing else really needs to be said.
Angela writes the food blog, Manual da Dona de Casa, which means the Manual for the Woman of the House.
When I wrote on Facebook I was coming to Sao Paulo she asked if I wanted to go out one afternoon.
That afternoon turned into several afternoons and she was a fantastic guide, showing me all the little idiosyncrasies of Sao Paulo that I would not have seen.
I definitely want to come back to Brazil and to Sao Paulo again to hang out with Angela again.