Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Day Eight – USP (University of Sao Paulo)

Day Eight started with us meeting our Sao Paulo tour guide from Campus Brazil, Paulo, in the lobby of the hotel.  Paulo escorted us by bus to his University, the University of Sao Paulo, where he is earning his PhD.  There, we were lectured about Sport and Culture in Brazil by Dr. Valdir Barbanti, who had just retired a few days earlier from the University.  Not only had Dr. Valdir just finished his tenure at USP, but he was also a Pan-American record holder for a few events for Brazil’s national track and field team, including the decathlon and the long jump.  After his talk, Heidi did a lecture on Sport in America, and we were taken to a USP lunch-buffet on campus to enjoy some lunch.  That afternoon, while some of the students went out and did some sight-seeing, I stayed in the hotel room and started my blog.  When Jamie came back from exploring, we went out and enjoyed some dinner with most of our classmates a few buildings down from the hotel.  We had heard that it was some of the best Italian in Sao Paulo, and the restaurant, Veridiana, did not disappoint.  Jamie and I had an appetizer of Burrata (mozzarella cheese on top of pesto, served with warm, sliced bread), Margherita pizza, and the local Brazilian drink, cachaça with muddled lime.  After dinner, I headed back to the hotel room to work on my blog and get some sleep.


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