I get double points for being Brazilian today! First, we went to a lovely birthday picnic (reminiscent of my home continent) in Parque Regional da Crianca in Santo Andre.
This is a park that is great for the day. It’s got excellent shaded spots for picnic, plenty of playground activity, including a maze and a lake or two.
Today, there were also kiosks selling snack, drinks and tapioca! Plus, an adorable train takes the kids around the park for a spectacular adventure.
What reminded me that I was both in an older park and in a third world country were the “death slides” that live in this location. This one is my favorite:
Yep, one false move and that would definitely put a kid in a coma.
The park is about thirty minutes outside of Sao Paulo proper, but it is worth the trip for all the fun and you’re not dodging bicycles or elbowing for space like you do at Ibirapuera on a Sunday afternoon.
After the picnic party, it was off to lunch in Liberdade, Sao Paulo’s famous Japanese neighborhood.
The location is filled with asian groceries and restaurants. On Sundays, the main strip is crowded with visitors and there is a street market selling everything from shrimp tempura pizzas to beads to bonsai trees.
We ate at a little sushi place just off the main drag, one that was excellent but a bit more pricey than I expected for the neighborhood.
It was an especially Sao Paulo day! We skipped the idea of trying out another bloco (see Brazilian Challenge Day 35: Bloco Attempt #1). Maybe next weekend.