Sao Paulo's madness
Trip Start Feb 26, 2013
11Trip End Ongoing
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When I got to Paulo's apartment, I immediately noticed the view : he lives on the 25th floor and has a great balcony overlooking the whole area. I was impressed, it was night time, quite late (around 11pm), all those lights, still much traffic, a vibrant city. With all those skyscrapers around, I really felt I was in the heart of it.
- Wow Paulo, what an impressive view of Sao Paulo ! This city is huge !!
- Hahaha ! Nadege ! What you see here is not even the beginning of Sao Paulo, we're in the southern suburb…
- … Oh
Act II : Going downtown
On Sundays there is a great initiative for which we need to thank all bicycle lobbyists around here : some major streets are closed to cars and buses and are only open to pedestrians and cyclists. Paulo decided to take me there, seeing this as a good opportunity to show me downtown. Since he has three bikes, it was perfect : we left sunday morning, Paulo, Carol (his girlfriend) and I.
We had to take one metro, one train and another metro to get downtown. It took us 90 minutes (and 2 hours on the way back… Peak hour, yes, on Sunday). Paris, sweet Paris, where are you ? :-)
Act III : going to a business meeting
My brother Ludo had virtually introduced me to a friend of his and we decided to meet. He invited me to visit him at his office, which is not even downtown, strictly speaking
Act IV : catching a (not that early) flight
I managed (after pulling out most of my hair out of rage and despair) to buy a plane ticket to Porto Seguro. My plane was leaving at 10 am from Guarulhos (spelling ?) International Airport. I had to be there at 9, as it was only a domestic flight.
Well, let's not throw stones at Sao Paulo : Paris is pretty much the same
Well, Sao Paulo is pretty much the same. In order to reach the airport at 9:00… I ended up being there at 8:00. Which actually meant taking a cab at 6:00.
Paulo told me that's why he's only leaving home at around 10:00 in the morning… because he can afford it with his job. His girlfriend though, HAS TO be there at 9:00 (like the vast majority of Paulistas) and therefore… rides a motorbike.
Sao Paulo, thanks for the reminder : this is not for me. I don't want to waste my life in traffic. Thanks. But no thanks. If I have to live in Sao Paulo, which might actually happen, I'll do like I did last time I lived in Paris : first find my job and second find a place to live that is no further than 20 minutes away. Even if this means a higher rent. My daily saved hours of life are worth a higher rent. Thank you very much.