Today the “Resende girls” ( most of us, a few couldn’t make it) set off bright and early on an adventure.
Our mission: TAKE THE BUS FROM RESENDE TO SAO PAULO, SHOP, SIGHTSEE, HAVE LUNCH AND RETURN TO RESENDE WITHOUT GETTING ABDUCTED!! (haha)
Pam leaves for the US on Saturday and she will not return. Her husband will finish his assignment November 1st and Pam is going home early to celebrate a special birthday with her grand daughter. Today was our opportunity to do one more big adventure, just the girls, before she goes home. We are quite proud of ourselves when we can accomplish these things.
Yesterday Pam and Elise picked up bus tickets, and this morning Pam, Elise, Cheryl, Stacey, Marlene and I boarded the bus at 7am for the 3 + hour drive to Sao Paulo. It was great! An air conditioned coach bus, that wasn’t crowded with a direct route to the Sao Paulo bus station. A return ticket cost just 110 reais and we thought it was a great deal, considering the cost of tolls and gas alone to drive to Sao Paulo.
According to Wikepedia~ The Sao Paulo bus terminal is the largest bus terminal in Latin America,, and the second largest in the world, after the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The official name in Portuguese is Terminal Rodoviário Governador Carvalho Pinto, named after Carlos Alberto Alves de Carvalho Pinto, a former Governor of the State of Sao Paulo. It seemed like an airport terminal with shops and places to eat and was actually quite easy to find our way around considering it’s the second largest in the world. I actually think it is nicer and laid out better than the airport in Sao Paulo!
We arrived in Sao Paulo at approximately 11:30…a little later than scheduled and we took the metro to Liberdade( the Japanese community we went to when James was here) Since it was close to noon we decided to start with lunch at the wonderful Asian kilo. The sushi, tofu, jaozi, among other things was so good.
With our bellies full we started to sight see…browsing shops and markets, checking out the interesting things from other countries. It was cool to see some familiar things from China…here in Brazil! Chicken feet anyone?
We went to the famous Praca de Se area and this time we went inside the Metropolitan Cathedral. It was beautiful.
When Pam & I are together with our cameras it is so easy to get caught up with picture taking that we decided we better stop taking some pics and get moving otherwise we wouldn’t see all we had hoped. We enjoyed wandering down the main street in Liberdade and checking out the shops.
Before it was time to catch the metro and head back to the bus station we stopped in a souvenir shop and Pam was able to find a few last things to take back to the US to remember her year in Brazil. We had tickets for the 4:30pm bus back to Resende, so we made sure we got to the bus station in plenty of time to grab a SUBWAY sandwich and a quick cup of coffee before the long ride home.
We arrived back in Resende at a little past 8pm, tired and very proud of ourselves and the day we had!