After the sugar cane juice we made our way to the Sao Paulo stadium to watch the match between Sao Paulo and Avai who are towards the bottom of the table. After a largely uneventful first half, with the away team parking the bus and trying to get at Sao Paulo on the counter attack, Sao Paulo deservedly took the lead through a neat finish from Souza. They should really have gone on and got a second goal and certainly had chances but Alexander Pato was misfiring. Avai then stunned Sao Paulo with just minutes remaining with a great volley from André Lima to make the final score a pretty fair 1-1! The stadium was a large bowl style arena a bit like Wembley but there were far more families there than in British stadiums. It is far cheaper, at around £20, to go to the match so it is far more accessible. The atmosphere was also far more noisy than UK stadia. After the match, we drove to the airport, where we had a final bite to eat and a drink before a tearful farewell. However, it isn't a goodbye, it's definitely a see you soon. We have made many, many friends for life on this trip, met some amazing young people and had some incredible experiences! Obrigado!
To start we visited a Food Market. Miss. McIntyre was over welcomed with the variety of products but especially the sugar cane machine. The pictures below show sugar cane pieces that you can sample but do not eat the cane fibres. There are before and after pictures with Miss. McIntyre. There is also a video of Miss. Mc using the machine that extracts the sugar water to make the juice or to go on to be made into crystallised sugar. it will be added later on. This was an amazing experience. The sugar cane workers were so friendly and thank you sooooooo much for letting me use the machine. Miss Mc !!!!!! Mr. Clark preferred the sugar cane water to the coconut water. I thought they were on a par!
Our last full day in São Paulo began with an invite to an annual festival called 'festas junina' or the June festival. Brazilians love to party and they have celebrations on a regular basis. It's a good excuse to dance, meet friends and generally have a good time! Before arriving at school we paid a visit to a local health food store. It contained many weird and wonderful items, many of which we can't get in the UK. It was also cheap so we both stocked up on sweet nuts and cookies! We arrived at the school to the sound of Brazilian funk music. This is very popular with young people here, along with the traditional samba of course! Even Mr Clark had a go at dancing although his football skills were somewhat better! Mr Clark really enjoyed playing football with the local school kids, they love Neymar and they know quite a lot of the England players. The festas junina involves a group of people taking part in a dance with a partner. Of course, Mr Clark and miss McIntyre were paired together! We had to dance around in a circle, pretend to be drunk, and run through a line of people who had created a walkway with their arms. It was so funny! We will put the videos up when we can! What we found interesting was that it wasn't just girls dancing. Here, boys love dancing too and they aren't afraid of dancing in front of other people. They are amazing dancers and it was really impressive! After the party and receiving yet more gifts from these generous people, we went for some more local food. Delicious! So, now it is our last day and a trip to watch São Paulo football team play awaits! Excited!