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!
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Emma and Simon
Enjoyed reading the blog - looks like you had amazing time. Hope you have a safe journey home.