And so it ends, or the first leg at any rate, in an overpriced Sao Paulo hotel. This city didn’t intimidate me as much as it did last year. Then, I was overawed by it size. This year we had time to explore, to gain at least a sense of how the city lives and breathes. And, well, eat a lot of meat: tonight’s was my third churrascaria meal in four nights.
Tomorrow I leave for Argentina, where I’ll be spending four days alone in Buenos Aires. For now, here are some of the highlights of this first part of the journey.
- Visited five countries on two continents–six if you include our stopover in Panama City
- Carried on conversations almost entirely in Spanish
- Visited fifteen schools–some for the first time, some for the third
- Met two Canadian ambassadors
- Got food poisoning
- Got food poisoning again
- Felt the presence of God at Quito’s Chapel of Man
- Discovered the artwork of Oswaldo Guayasamín
- Got back into Friday Night Lights
- Finished reading Kiss of the Spider Woman; started reading Deepak Chopra’s Buddha biography
- Slept a night in the suburbs that inspired Arcade Fire’s album
- Made new friends from all over the world
- Began counting the days till summertime
With that, I’m off to fill in my tour evaluation and sleep. Last night I managed four hours; tonight I’m aiming to double that, because this time tomorrow I’ll be wide awake in Buenos Aires. See you then!