Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
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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.