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Finding myself unemployed for a year, I booked a spontaneous trip on frequent flier miles to visit Brasil. Unbeknownst to me at the time of booking, I had to have a visa prearranged that arrived just in time to make the trip a successful adventure and a pick-me-up from the otherwise depressing world of job applications and inevitable repetitive application denial in the recession-wracked economy of 2008.
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Paraty - State of Rio de Janeiro, 23970-000, Brazil
Since it had been awhile since I had traveled on my own, I hesitantly booked a bus ticket from the Rodoviaria Tietê (bus station) in São Paulo and the friend who I was visiting there to the quaint colonial town of Parati. Not only did I make some...
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R. Fradique Coutinho, 914 - Vila Madalena, São Paulo - SP, 05416-001, Brazil
One of the wonderful things I found in São Paulo was a culture of sustainability that appeared to be more forward-thinking than many other cities around the world. Meeting with friends at the Ekoa Café, I listened to several of them discuss their...
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Rua Peixoto Gomide, 949 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo - SP, 01409-001, Brazil
Many things surprised me about São Paulo, Brasil: The city was much larger than I imagined it to be - ranked in the top five largest metropolitan areas in the world; disparity between the rich and the poor could be seen within the same city block...
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Tietê - State of São Paulo, 18530-000, Brazil
After missing my bus from São Paulo to the colonial beach town of Parati, I wantonly wandered the bus station wondering what to do for four hours. I saw ta colorful and beautiful older woman sitting perfectly under the evening sunlight streaming...
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Paraty - State of Rio de Janeiro, 23970-000, Brazil
Parati was an unexpected gem on my last minute trip to Brasil. The history authenticity, combined with a number activities in the area, made it both culturally engaging and easy to spend time in. Cars are not allowed in the historical downtown...
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Praça da Sé - Sé, São Paulo - SP, 01001-000, Brazil
Once in awhile, there are moments while traveling when I know I am in the right place at the right time. One of these moments was when I walked into Catedral da Sé de São Paulo. The grandeur of the cathedral was impressive in its own right, but I...