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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…

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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…)

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But the most impressive thing about the city is the number of skyscrapers, and the view from above… Either at night, Image

or daytime!!!Image. (Oh yes, I was lucky to surf a couch on the 19th floor of a building…!!!)

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About Vanidio

I was born in Athens, Greece, and left at the not-so-tender age of 27 to go to London for a master's degree - or, rather, to go experience the city. I worked there for a while, and after four years I decided to move back to Athens, and got a really boring job with a decent (more than decent) salary. In December 2011 I took a year off work, and travelled to Latin America, Europe, Greece and the Middle East. When I came back, I spent quite a bit of time trying to fit in and organise my "normal" life - or decide that I don't really want a "normal" life. At that time, travelling was more important to me than almost anything else... And then things changed a bit, as I got an offer from a foreign company to organise tours for foreigners in Athens. Dream coming true? Yes! We've done a few tours so far, and hopefully more are coming... let's see! And then things changed even more, as I met a nice, handsome foreigner through one of these tours. And we are now living together, and planning our next trips together :) Life is strange, isn't it!

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