Sao Paulo or 'Sampa'
Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
92Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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Where I stayed
We stayed in Villa Madalena, which is known as the ‘arsty’ young and hip place to stay; indeed there was plenty of samba and live music on the street our hostel was on. It is known for the amount of galleries there are on every corner.
It was really interesting to see the different kinds of architecture Sampa has to offer from the Teatro Municipal (theatre) and Catedral Metropolitana to learning about Oscar Niemeyer’s experiments in mixed urban living through his ‘S’ shaped building and vision for socialism
We went to meet Ellie and Steve at the Mercado Municipal (central market); we had at this point become quite confident with the metro (tube) system and thought we had it all figured out, unfortunately each map looked closer to the Mercado then the next, eventually we found each other (was a handicap not being able to just whip out a mobile phone to meet up like we do at home!) but it was well worth it! We had traditional pasties on the mezzanine floor and for desert Ellie got her much anticipated Acai (fruit granola mix thing) and Anish had a special mixed fruit juice!
Sampa is known as Rio’s not so popular underdog cousin and is said to live in Rio’s shadow, but we found Paulinsto’s friendly, we enjoyed the artsy vibe, and would definitely recommend Sampa’s urban buzz to Rio’s urban grit any day!