Today we spend our last day in Jundiai. We ate breakfast as a team in the hotel. Then we had time to relax pool side and try not to get burnt in the hot winter morning sun or spend time in our rooms. Or we could take another adventurous trip to the market near the hotel.
|Sophomore Ben Ryan|
Every trip to the market is a great experience to learn about the Brazilian culture from trying to communicate with the workers there by confused stares, hand signals and the narrow vocabulary of Portuguese we have learned (which for some just includes “obrigado” — “Thank you”).
We checked out of our hotel in the afternoon and drove from one side of Sao Paulo to the other which took two hours. That’s about average to drive through the largest metropolitan area in the world that is home to 29 million people. It is truly amazing to see how the people of Sao Paulo live.
Our third and last game in Sao Paulo was played in the Santo Andre sports club, which housed a basketball and soccer stadium. It’s very easy to tell that these are the main sports and attractions here.
We lost hard-fought game against the Santo Andre club team. With Nic Hoepfner and Kevin Schlitter not playing, we had some guys step up and contribute more.
We then traveled another two hours to Frango Assado, a restaurant chain that is attached to a road side gas station. A local man helped us translate and order our food and in return we thanked him with an Augustana basketball T-shirt. After dinner, we traveled a half hour to Sao Jose dos Campos where we will rest up and leave for Rio de Janeiro in the morning.
Posted on August 9th, 2013 by Ben Ryan
Filed under: Basketball in Brazil 2013