I went to Brazil last week of May, kind of last minute trip (decided on a Thursday and departed on Saturday). This time I went to Rio de Janeiro for two nights and 1 night in Sao Paolo. Traveling as part of my job is something that I really enjoy, especially as a mother and wife, although I love my life (so much), I NEED to be away from it and be with myself from time to time, ideally every 2 months or so.
I stayed again at Sofitel at Ipanema
went to Delirio Tropical for late lunch after arrival, a “healthy” vegetarian friendly restaurant one block away from the hotel
then I met with my coworders for dinner, in preparation for the work. I had to have octopus whenever it’s in the menu. Haven’t got tired of it yet.
Started my morning on Monday with a run by the lake and beach. Gorgeous view.
fruits to start the day in Brazil is the best… all the fruits are 100 times tastier there
eggs, toasts with butter is my go-to breakfast items in hotels
morning presentation went well and we went to a popular japanese place for lunch
had sashimi bento with additional steamed dumplings
the for dinner we went to a new restaurant in a chic area
i had grilled fish with seasoned vegetables. Very tasty.
then my coworkers (two men) suggested to have dessert at an italian ice cream place… the chocolate ice cream was to die for.
then we arrived Sao Paolo, it was my first time there. I’ve heard so many things about this place so I was super excited. We had quick dinner at an italian restaurant close to the hotel (Sheraton WTC). Nothing was super exciting so I ordered fish with veggies again.
as one of the coworkers is brasilian, she suggested us to have breakfast at a local place instead of the hotel… I couldn’t agree more. I’m always eager to try local food/tradition. we went to a cafeteria, very like the ones we have in Buenos Aires
I had tapioca pancake filled with turkey and white cheese. Really really good!
The next day I was done with work but had an evening flight. My coworkers have left so I found myself alone with a day to spare, so I hired a private tour guide to show me the city. It was a 3 hrs tour so we drove to the main attractions in the city
Sao Paolo’s central park
a modern museum in the park
with tons of stores and restaurants, very live place
central market (highly recommended by my brasilian coworker)
fruit display was out of this world. So many exotic fruits that I’ve never seen before
assorted dry fruits and sausages and cheese
I stopped by a fruit stand and got to try many fruits
soooo juicy and sweet
city view… love how lively it is
I was impressed by the city.. the blend of diverse culture (portuguese, japanese, italian, lebanese) makes it vibrant, exotic, and live. I love it. I will definitely come back. 🙂