Sao Paulo (Sampa) - a large sprawl

Trip Start Jan 26, 2007
Trip End Feb 06, 2008

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Friday, February 9, 2007

It is a large, dirty city. Imagine a lush forest. Then, imagine most of the forest gets cleared slowly over hundreds of years by portuguese settlers. Then, imagine concrete and cement are developed as means to building habitats for humans. Build the most sparse, cookie cutter, and cheap skyscrapers you can in your mind (donīt forget the lush plants that somehow grow through the soot and cement and thrive in the city). Intersperse them amongst mostly dilapidated 5-story or smaller buildings/houses. open 50% of the windows and break 10% of the windows. Last step - add a whole bunch of graffiti on EVERYTHING. 70% of it is just graffiti and 30% of it is awesome colorful art. Now, you have experienced Sao Paulo.

Thatīs pretty negative, but it is also what it looked like for my entire hour-long bus ride between SP airports. The people are nice, and the SP greater metro. area is like, massive. Iīm sure someone could say the same thing about some stretches in California. I took the airport shuttle to the regional port where I purchased a ticket on TAM for a flight leaving in 40 minutes. by the time I checked in, boarding time was 15 minutes ago and flight time was in another 15. I made the flight with plenty of time. gotta love brazil.
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