One of the first places we entered in Brazil was a grocery store. We were happy about the lower prices compared to Argentina. I rarely drink soda, but the apple fanta caught my eye. Don't think I've ever seen it before.
Saw the fattiest banana ever served on the hostel breakfast table in Ponta Grossa.
Curitiba Historic District
The trees here make me giggle.
Don't know who thought that a puking horse would be a charming fountain in the historic district. (Curitiba)
Not paying attention to our map, we curiously wandered into the building in Curitiba. I'm glad we did.
Art Gallery in Memorial Building
Venturing up the stairs, we discovered a small, lovely gallery. (Curitiba)
Tiny train museum by the mall. Thought the figures were actual people when I first entered and got surprised when I realized they weren't. Creepy status. (Curitiba)
For some reason this building made it on the tourist map. Not sure why. Cool to look at, but awkward location to walk to just for it. (Curitiba)
Huge Botanical Garden
Curitiba has a huge botanical garden. A loud horde of school children encourage us to move to our next destination faster though.
Fancy Old Buildings
Curitiba has lots of historical architectural buildings.
Oscar Niemeyer Museum
Mostly know for its architecture, this building contains various art. I loved the Japanese section which had swings visitors could sit on. (Curitiba)
Unfortunately all operas were late in the evening and we didn't want to walk around at night or pay for transportation. (Curitiba)
Hop-On-Hop-Off Tourist Bus
If you want to save yourself from walking hours to see all recommended tourist spots, then this hop-on-hop-off tourist bus in Curitiba will safe you from blisters.
Saw police training with their dogs in this park. (Curitiba)
Barigui Park Building
Taking silly pictures in the building on top of the hill at the park. (Curitiba)
Barigui Park View
The view we got from the building on the hill. (Curitiba)
I love this tree that I found in the park! Crispy, green leaves on to and bright, pink flowers on the bottom. I want one. (Curitiba)
Bosque Alemão (German Park) offers a overview of the city of Curitiba. As you walk through the smaller park, the story of Hensel and Grettel are told.
Watching the Olympic opening ceremony at my host's home in Sao Paulo.
The host's kids had their friends sleep over. The kids attempted to prank us by laying dried garbanzo beans in front of our door. Too bad it didn't work. Moved the beans to their door. Of course when I asked them, they acted like little angels that had no idea what I was talking about. :)
Found popcorn at the Paulista station. (Sao Paulo)
These telephones are all over Brazil.
This huge piece of art is found right outside of the Ibirapuera park in Sao Paulo.
Lovely park in Sao Paulo. Good spot to spend a relaxing day.
Another view angle of the park. (Sao Paulo)
Sao Paulo fences off part of the streets every Sunday for bicyclists. Perfect day to discover the city.
The red lines are regular bicycle lanes, which are always there. A person is sitting under the umbrella to stop the bicyclists when the light is red. They are at every intersection. I wonder if they are volunteers or paid by the city. (Sao Paulo)
Saw the biggest rodent on earth while bicycling. (Sao Paulo)
Pastel Frito de Frango
Popular street food in Brazil. My contains cheese and salami. (Sao Paulo)
Saw this Cathedral in Se on our way to a free viewing tower. (Sao Paulo)
This skyscraper is in Se and is free to go up to get a view of the city. Unfortunately Banespa, the usual building, was closed for remodeling. So we had to go to a neighboring, shorter building called Predio Martinelli.
Museum of Art of Sao Paulo. If they called it Sao Paulo Art Museum the abbreviation would have been SPAM. The description of the art pieces are behind the art. Museum wants a free flow, self thinking kind of feel.
Family left their dirty diaper next to their pillow for a while. Luckily the open window was right behind me. I could still brethe.
The cute colonial town named Paraty.
Paraty Warning Sign
I wonder how often they run into issues with oysters....
Angra Dos Reis
Colorful town. Good for relaxing
Statues in Angra
These statues are bigger than they look in the picture.
Christ of the Redeemer
Christ of the Redeemer from afar. Is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Saw this statue from every angle besides close up. Because of the games, too many tourists were visiting and waiting to get up or down could take 2 hours each. We didn't want to waste our time. (Rio)
Lots of military presence in Rio to keep the city secure during the Olympic games.
We walked along the water for 2 hours, all for sightseeing downtown.
Rio get massively criticized for the dirty water. Tab water is not drinkable in Brazil. Most town rivers stink drastically.
The clean side of the water clarification plant. They need more of these.
Downtown Theater Building
A tour of this theater building was suggested, but we didn't go. (Rio)
This geology museum contained this room full of rocks. I believe they have every type of popular mineral of Brazil. In addition they have dinosaur bones as well. Entry and a tour is free, but everything is in Portuguese. Stop by on your walk to Sugar Loaf Mountain. (Rio)
View from Sugarloaf mountain. Cable car ride up. (Rio)
Eating my bread on Sugarloaf Mountain. The food attracted Marmosets (tiny monkeys). After 6 of them were roaming around me I felt unsafe. (Rio)
Because of many issues, not many spectators came to Rio for the games. Because of that we were able to snatch a ticket for $13. Worth the price to say that I've been to an Olympic game, even if I'm not a big sports watching fan.
I can check off 'watching a Olympic game' off of my bucket list. We made the game funner by betting. 2 points if your country comes in first, 1 point if your country wins over the other persons country, and -1 if your country comes in dead last. I won the overall bet by 1 point. Phew. (Rio)
When we first realized that by chance the Olympic games were happening during our visit in Rio, we were upset because the rise in prices. Our hostel ended up charging 3 times as much as usual. Lucky us that the damages held themselves in check since the games turned out not as popular.