After 10 days in Sao Paulo (or Sampa), I have only just started to get a taste of this cidade grande. And soon it’s time to leave… 😦
Sao Paulo’s most famous Avenue is Avenida Paulista. Similar to the 5th Avenue in NYC – full of skyscrapers and shopping malls, and people walk just as fast.
The centre of the city is rather small, and quite diverse – lots of buildings, churches, skyscrapers, and coconut trees. Lots of shops for clothes and shoes, lots of places to eat and drink amazing juices. Lots of graffiti, and lots of homeless people. Lots of museums, and lots of nightlife, with “erotic” nightclubs and rock bars as well. Many prostitutes, and one of the gay-friendliest areas I have ever seen, reminded me of Berlin.
The Municipal Market reminded me of the Barcelona food market – a little too expensive and touristic, great nevertheless… I was offered a caju fruit by one of the market people – who also gave me his phonenumber and took a picture of me. The caju fruit is the fruit that comes with the cashew nut. I had no idea about this…
I spent quite some time looking at fashion in Sao Paulo. Clothes are colourful and you can find plenty of flat, cheap sandals. I was very tempted to buy a new pair, but following Renata’s precious advice (when you buy a new clothing item, you throw away an old one) I decided not to. Not before I start weight lifting. Then again, I’m still thinking of that little dress I saw……..
Going to the weekend street markets with “the brasilians” was muito legal. Liberdade, with stalls selling (mostly) Japanese food, was smaller than I expected, but very busy. Republica, with arts and crafts and lots of semi-precious stones was less busy, and in a colourful part of the city. It was easy to visit both in one afternoon – forget about London markets that need two days or more to visit properly 🙂
The graffiti in Sao Paulo beats by far the graffiti in any European capital I’ve been to… (Looking closely you will realise that I’m somewhere in the picture too…)