So this morning I was supposed to have an 8am class near Paulista Av close to Metro Consolacão. Since there is strike and the metro was only partially working, I had 2 options. #1 take the bus or #2 walk to the next station (Ana Rosa) since the 2 near (Vila Mariana – blue line & Chacara Klabin – green line) me were closed. With the increased traffic it would take about an 1 hour on bus. it is normally 25-30 minutes. Plus the lines to actually get on a bus are going to be extremely long. I possibly would have to wait for 2 or 3 buses to come by. If I walk to Ana Rosa, it would take 10 minutes to walk and another 5-10 to take the metro to my stop. So I decided to walk. I woke up an hour early just to make sure I had enough time.
As I’m walking along Rua(street) Vergueiro, I realize that I’m not the only one with that idea to walk. The street is unusually crowded. As I get closer to the metro, I hear a loud bang, and then maybe 2 minutes later a 2nd loud bang (tear gas??). I can see in the distance banners and flags . There is a protest in the street, and not far behind there are police in riot gear. I cross the street to avoid the protestors and more importantly the riot police. I am at the bus terminal of Metro Ana Rosa and now the police have closed off the entrance to the metro. Apparently, protestors started inside the metro, burned some trash in the street, and were now going up and down Vergueiro. Now, Im pretty much stuck, no metro and since the protestors are in the middle of street, taking a bus is not an option either. Not surprisingly, I look at my phone and I have a text message from the school. My student cancelled. Guess he had the same problem as me.
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