People in Sampa


After meeting SO many people in Rio, I felt like taking it easier with socialising in Sampa.

Another one of my favourite guests, Antonio, has just moved here, so we met a few times. Now – Antonio was in Greece about 4-5 years ago. Back then he was a student in England, and was taking a short trip around Europe – and I was lucky to host him, and have an interview about CS with him 🙂 We had also met briefly in Barcelona… And now, in Brazil, it was my turn to feel out of place, and get some good advice from him! We even had some drinks in a bar-restaurant called Atenas 🙂 Hardly a coincidence!

In Sampa I also met Guilherme, a guy who works in a place called “the Hub”. The Hub started in London a few years ago, and has been spreading in several cities. (Mostly) young entrepreneurs, working on (mostly) eco-friendly, people-friendly, world-friendly projects, share a large office-like space. I’d love to work in an environment like that! Guilherme is vegan and he works in projects against animal cruelty. We had a great evening out with him and his friend Rafael, talking about travelling, Greece, Europe, and translation. He’s by far the best student that I’ve ever had when it comes to Greek language!

Meeting Dario, a red Indian, was quite fascinating too… Not only did he offer me original Acai and took me to the samba school, but he gave me some good vibes – and lots of tips and information – for the rest of the trip. Definitely someone I’d love to go to the Amazon with – and perhaps show him the dry, sandy Greek beaches in the future. I somehow communicated with his mother – who looked much younger than her age, and was quite a character, leaving Belem to move to Sao Paulo after her children left home, because it was “province”.Image

And – on my last day there – I met Arash, a friend of two friends that had both suggested to meet him “in Brazil” 🙂 The world is smaller than we think, so we met on top of the Banespa tower. How odd.

(Incidentally, the view from the Banespa tower is great, but I preferred the Martinelli building, as I had a “guided tour” by the guard, who was fascinated to meet someone from Greece).



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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