Hello, hello! Whenever you get the urge to phone somebody, you don’t have to look far- the colorful phone booths on the streets of São Paulo quickly catch the eye. We cannot guarantee that they work, but they can offer a nice shade in the sun.
It is scary in this city with its population of 18 million
The huge skyscrapers only worsened our neck pains after the 12-hour flight from Paris. After a time spent walking amid these buildings we lost all sense of direction. It is hard to orient yourself when you can see nothing but skyscrapers. You cannot blame the trees for us not seeing nature… We had no other option, but to go on the rooftop of a skyscraper to see the others.
Sadly, there were many homeless people, but I wouldn’t describe them as dangerous
São Paulo is famous for its high crime levels, but we didn’t see that side of it. We even got lost in a ghetto. We beat the record of fast walking again and Nace received a special award for heroically carrying a camera around his neck. We enjoyed the subway a lot – it was a rest for our legs and a quick way to get away from the dangerous neighborhoods. We had only approximate map of the city so we had to walk an extra 40 min to Ibirapuera Park.
We couldn’t stand the greenery and calmness long, the skyscrapers and the traffic were calling to us
Phew, getting out of the park was a tough job. The sun is shining, we walk along endless boulevards with no bus station or hope in sight. Hope came to us embodied by a girl whom we stopped and asked with considerable effort to help us. Using hands, legs, English, Spanish and Portuguese we managed somehow to decide on a bus stop and she instructed us to get on some bus. We enjoyed almost its full itinerary until we reached the desired subway station.
We saw something from home in the subway.
What shall we say about the Brazilian cuisine?
Everything we ate was delicious. If we had known the rate of exchange of the real, it might have been even more delicious. What were we to do – the standard of living was high. But we won’t forget those hamburgers with beer…
São Paulo is an interesting city – for every rich person there are a thousand in need. Nice people, pleasant language (yes, there is a museum of the Portuguese language). It is a hustle – São Paulo drained us. We couldn’t even see one famous bridge, it’ll have to wait till the next time. Now we are in a hurry to try yoga poses, the latest fashion trend, in the waiting room of the airport so Lima won’t have to wait for us.
This article was brought to you in English by Marta Petrova.
Do you like this post?
Travel together with us and get instant updates on our Facebook page.