First Week

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Sunday, December 7, 2008

So I've spent the first week in Brasil taking it easy and I haven't done much so I'm afraid I haven't got any adventures to tell as yet. Partly because I promised myself I would do so, partly because of the great indecision that always occurs when there are many possibilities and they are mutually excluding, partly because of the nature of Sao Paulo.

Sao Paulo is like an enormous vortex that threatens to shallow anything and anyone that ventures near.
It has all the advantages and disadvantages of megacities.

D: it takes ages to get anywhere, travelling in London is a children's game in comparison; and you can not only feel the pollution at all times, in occasions it is possible to even see it, a grey cloud floating above the traffic. If any place ever needed an electric car scheme Sao Paulo definitely does...

A: There are lots of opportunities, especially for work and that's what it is famous for, being a city of workers. The cultural staff in offer is never-ending, I feel there is quite a lot of social investment and lots of very interesting free things going on, every hour of every day. For instance yesterday there was a cultural rave involving poetry, music, dance, theatre and cinema continuously from 5pm till 5am. And all free!

After much hesitation I've decided to stay here a few more weeks despite my frustrations with transport, which reminded me of why I hate big cities. That way I can pursue the contacts I've made, start going to Portuguese classes and maybe even teach languages myself. Luckily, everyone I've met is really hospitable, open-minded and welcoming towards foreigners and I can now manage a basic conversation in Portuguese, with a certain deal of brain effort and imagination in corrupting the language. :-)

Next stop is Rio, the marvellous city, for Xmas and New Year celebrations and Belem in the northern Amazonia after that.
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