Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
Trip End Jan 11, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , São Paulo,
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hey out there. It's been a while since my last post here, I know. The reason for that is a very good one, though: I've had no time. Almost every day I leave work at around 6 or 6:30 and go out, have drinks with people from the office, my flatmate Mari or other people I've met through Couchsurfing. It's so cool that there's almost always something to do, someone to hang out with. But that also contributes to the time passing by in a flash. I've almost been here for half of the time, which kind of makes me sad. Work is really cool, I mostly do Intellectual Property stuff, and now I'm working on a newsletter by the German Desk. But it still is hard to know that really appreciating the city is almost impossible. First of all, there's the size. This city is the biggest I've ever seen. In combination with the horrible traffic situation in the peaking hours, it's almost impossible to get around. There are a lot of busses here, but due to the size and the traffic it takes ages to get somewhere. The office I work at is located in the southern region of the city, and I live real close to that. But that also means that to the hip parts of the town, Vila Madalena, Av. Paulista, Bela Vista and the old centre it takes me at least an hour by bus. And the city is not the safest, so that makes me kind of dependent on friends passing by my place with their cars and giving me carona (a ride). The Metro system is safe and fast, and there is a station beside the office and one close to my home, but the bad part is that there is no fast connection somewhere. It's always zig-zag and you always have to at least get two different metroes (and changing is not the quickest deal) and maybe another bus or two.Then there is the fact that sun sets at half past 5 to 6, so that really seeing a lot is not possible after that. Well, and then there are the weekends. I've been here on my first weekend, and that resulted in spending the nights awake and the days in bed. That was cool at that moment, but I was a little mad at myself after that alltogether. I could have used the light, but the weather also sucked, so that's an excuse ;-). On the last weekend I went to the beach, and so I was not able to appreciate Sao Paulo by daytime. But the trip was definitely worth it, I will write about it in my next post. Well, as you can see I'm a little scared I'll leave Sao Paulo not really knowing a lot about the place. I mean I came around a lot, but still couldn't get to see much. But then one might say that six weeks is definitely not enough. If I do good work and leave a good impression I might get back here during my Referendariat (practice time every German Law student has to go through before becoming a lawyer). What I know is that I will most certainly come back for the World Cup 2014! The people here are crazy about soccer and I'll be damned if I miss that. And during that time I could also try to find out a little more about the city. I mean, it feels like I've read almost everything you can read about Sao Paulo and Brazil, but it's for sure different to be outside and experience oneself. Unfortunately I was not really able to find people that are really into electronic music, although the scene here is supposed to be quite big. There are various very good clubs around Sao Paulo, and I really want to go. But going to a club alone in a foreign city kind of sucks, and the clubs are mostly situated even farther away than the bars. I'll keep searching, though :-). This shall do, for now. For all of you out there already doing your internship or exchange semester: enjoy your damn time! Who knows how they will incarcerate us during EVP?!?
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