TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: More Sao Paulo and James Returns to Canada ( definitely not a highlight)
Today we had a few hours to see some more of São Paulo before James flies home to Canada. He will be home for a few days, drive to his school in New Brunswick for a few days, drive to Montreal to get his Japanese Visa and then in a three weeks be on his way to Japan for 8 months! We loved spending these last 10 days with him and will miss him so much.
Liberdade is a Japanese district in São Paulo and we thought it only fitting that we see this place! It is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan in the world and has been growing since the 1950s. It was great to see some of the familiar things from Asia…food, writing on signs, lamps, lucky cats and even Japanese anime and manga girls.
Liberdade is close to Praca de Se, a public square that is considered the center of the city. The square was the place for many historic events in São Paulo’s history. There are so many wonderful buildings here.
We spent some time walking down Rua Oscar Freire. This is an amazing shopping district with great cafes. I loved it! We even stopped in to the Havaianas Concept Store.
Then it was time to take James to the airport. It’s wonderful to greet someone at the airport but goodbyes are always so difficult. Goodbye James…at least we will see you at Christmas!
WELL…that was our wonderful 10 days with our youngest son! We loved every minute of it. Now it’s time to get back to routine…but only for two weeks because then we fly HOME!!!