Driving from the south of Brazil in Florianopolis to Sao Paulo Brazil, the biggest city in South America takes about eight hours. We left Florianopolis at around 11 am. Our luggage for 18 months didn’t all fit in the trunk so we had to put our giant backpacks and other stuff on our laps and around our legs.
I literally had to go two to three hours without moving at a time. But it wasn’t that bad. We had to drive through the mountains so it wasn’t just the same boring view.
An interesting thing about our road trip was the rest stops. Along the highway, there are several of these rest stops that are unlike any in the US. They have huge bathrooms and they’re really clean.
There’s a huge store. This roofed booth in the store sold candy.
And as seen in this Vine video, they have everything from toys, clothes, shoes, coffee, a bakery, restaurant and more. Most importantly, there is free WiFi.
There’s also a section that’s set up like a living room in someone’s home. When we arrived, Tahiti was playing Nigeria in the Confederations Cup which was occurring in Brazil. (Tahiti lost, by the way.)
People were constantly going in and out of this rest stop. I saw a guy in this ‘living room’ laying down, taking up the whole couch like it was in his own home. It’s safe to say the place is comfortable.
When we reached Sao Paulo it was around 8 pm but there was major traffic everywhere. We saw people walking, probably going to join the protest. So it took us an extra hour to get around the blocked avenue to our apartment.
We are staying in Sao Paulo for nine nights. There’s lots to do and lots of great food.