Gustavo was an amazing host! The house looked just as it did on the website and was fully equipped and very clean, which was maintained by a weekly cleaner. The apartment was beautifully decorated and very cosy. There was also 24hr security guarding the entrance of the apartment building, so you can be sure you’ll be safe inside the apartment. In addition, there was a gym inside the apartment and a lovely park opposite. If you are looking for a time out, and a peace of mind then this is the place to be.
Gustavo was so friendly, and really does go the extra mile for his tenants. His family and friends were really nice too. Gustavo made an effort to show me the city/country and we went out for meals in different parts of the city so that I could get a real experience of the Brazilian culture.
The location of the house was good because it is so close to USP, so a taxi ride to the university would only be like £6. Taking the bus could be as cheap as 90p, but I thought this route was not safe. Although I found travelling around by bus from the house unsafe, that was completely out of Gustavo’s control, and others may be fine with it. In my opinion, there aren’t many safety concerns if you are travelling by car, but if you are intending to walk round and travel on busses (and not taxis), I would suggest that prior research into the area of destination is made – this goes for any place you wish to travel to.
Apart from the safety factor (which was not Gustavo’s fault!), he was such an awesome host. I would definitely like him to be my host again – highly recommendable!!!