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  1. A. S.
    A. S. 2 May 2012 at 11:49 am |

    I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Rio! I’m from Sao Paulo, so I’m not a huge fan of Rio, but I’m the first to admit that it’s a much prettier city and also a more pleasant place for such a quick turnaround. To enjoy Sao Paulo you need to overnight, since things get more interesting here in the evenings, whereas Rio is more of a day-time city.

    As for the hawkers, they really are quite pleasant. It is almost unheard of to see a pushy one. In fact, most are quite entertaining: they have their little jingle that they made up or they tell jokes… And if you stop them to look at whatever they’re selling they’ll chat with you and never expect you to buy just because you stopped them. Of course there must be an exception here or there (especially if you’re a “gringo”), but this is the general rule.

    Next time, come to Sao Paulo and spend a night or two — you won’t regret it!

  2. thrashsoundly
    thrashsoundly 2 May 2012 at 12:07 pm |

    Was the visit worth the $12/hr entrance fee?

  3. Judy Jones
    Judy Jones 2 May 2012 at 4:12 pm |

    You have to pay $12 an hour for the beach? Thinking of using some avios points from MIA this fall to go.

  4. A. S.
    A. S. 2 May 2012 at 4:38 pm |

    I took a look at your Sao Paulo trip posts (which I hadn’t seen before). As someone who is a HUGE fan of markets all over the world, I’m glad you got to see the Mercado Municipal. It certainly is a great place to spend a few hours, do some people watching, and have a great (and inexpensive) meal. In a city known for it’s world-class restaurants, eating at the market certainly does hold it’s own! :)

  5. harvson3
    harvson3 5 May 2012 at 10:06 pm |

    Devassa has locations at both GRU and GIG, if you’re looking for a pre-flight frosty beverage.

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