July 30, 2014
Today is our 30th day here in Brazil. WOW. Thirty days for one trip. That’s a lot of days to be on the road non-stop.
Time for a recap of yesterday since we were traveling all day and away from the computers. Yesterday we flew to and from Sao Paulo in the same day to attend the Netherlands v Argentina game here at the World Cup. Needless to say it consumed the entire day and it was a whirlwind trip at that. We were pretty much spent by the time our heads hit the pillows late last night.
Getting to and from Sao Paulo and then to and from the airports to the Arena Corinthians is actually pretty easy once you figure things out. Flights are plentiful to both airports. From there you can catch a bus or taxi to the Metro. In our case we flew into the older Congonhas Airport and took a special bus to Sao Judas Metro station where we picked up the number 1 Azul line. The trick to getting to the correct side of the stadium depends on where you are sitting. If you’re “Leste” like we were you go to the Luz station and transfer to the Express Train Corinthians line. If you’re “Oeste” you go to the Se metro station and transfer to the red Corinthians line. I guess they do all of this in some feign attempt at crowd control to keep opposing teams on separate rail lines.
We did though have a touch and go situation arriving at the stadium. Basically the way they had the crowd routed from the train to the stadium was piss poor. Not bad. PISS POUR. In short they took a huge funnel of people and tried to cram them all through the spout at the same time. It didn’t work. We literally ended up being crushed by everybody around us. It was to the point where many people around me, mostly women who were quite rightfully having panic attacks, were about to start passing out. Finally several of us big husbands and boyfriends had to start pushing people back. I was flat our pushing people yelling at the top of my lungs “STOP ASSHOLES!!! YOU’RE HURTING PEOPLE UP HERE!!!”. We finally got things broke lose enough that people got through without getting seriously hurt. No thanks to the many and I mean many inconsiderate, self serving, there is only me in this universe assholes that still pushed their way through to the front despite hurting others. Think ASSHOLE ARGENTINA FANS HERE. Yes, I’m talking to you assholes. You might be wild and fun but you guys can be world class assholes beyond comparison at times. Thus ends my commentary.
The game was fun to attend but not particularly exciting to watch. Argentina yet again played one of their lackluster games and still managed to squeak by with a win. Dang near everybody is picking them to win this tournament because they think they are that good but by god simply squeaking by winning isn’t everything. These guys are as exciting to watch as paint drying. Scratch that. Paint drying is more exciting. Plus now I get to see them yet again in the final on Sunday! Good lord I hope Germany sticks it to them. I’m tired of falling asleep during the game. That and their obnoxious fans. Sorry, fun, wild and crazy fans.
NOW ONTO TODAY…
Today was pretty easy going. We got up just a little late because of the late return last night. After a couple of hours of slowly getting ready, eating breakfast, checking emails and the like we finally headed out for the day.
Today we went to the Museo do Belles Artes. Well there was some art there but I can’t really say it was Belles. I enjoyed seeing several paintings from the 18th through 20th century history of Brazil but all of it was heavily oriented towards christianity, a view wars, tons of portraits, etc… Almost all of the sculptures were reproductions of famous works in the Louvre, Uffizi, Vatican, etc.. So to sum it up I’d say Brazil has some serious work ahead of them to curate and develop a vibrant art collection and scene in my humble opinion.
After the museum we headed over to a second metro station to grab lunch at a place we read about…
…then it happened…
…our first theft here in Brazil. We were right in front of the metro and literally right in front of us two guys grabbed some guy’s cell phone and took off running. Text book. Just like I’d read beforehand on several websites. By the time I turned my head from where I saw the theft to where they were running they were already over 10 yards away. That fast. No way I or anybody else would catch them even if they were watching for it. Poor guy didn’t know what hit him. He broke rule one about cell phones in Brazil: never use your cell phone outside in an open area. You always step inside someplace to make or take a call. This is why I always leave my cell phone in my rental here. It simply isn’t worth replacing a $650 cell phone. People can wait until I get back to return their calls or messages.
So lunch was at Confeitaria Colombo. This is a 120 year old Brazilian version of a Konditorei. Famous people, mostly artist, frequented this place over the decades since it originally opened. So naturally we had to eat a light lunch and a heavy dessert before heading back to our rental. It was good too. I’d recommend it.
So we head back to the rental and exit the subway stations and…it is pouring. Hard. Buckets. I get completely soaked on the short 1 block walk to my rental. Not good considering I’m still sick. Anyway, it is raining so hard we literally had an inch of standing water on our balcony on the 10th floor while it was still raining. Nuts.
Dinner tonight was at Terzetto. Easily in the top two restaurants we’ve eaten at here in Brazil. I say easily in the top two because PURPLE and I both agree which two are in the top two, we just don’t agree which one is first and which is second. They are that close and that good. We liked it so much we made a reservation for Tuesday night for our last official dinner here in Brazil.
Hope to see you here again tomorrow.