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”.
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).