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Sao Paulo

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4th biggest city in the world. Without 1 major center, SP is a business city, 2nd in the world by amount of private helicopters after New york.
Brazilians spend their times, by working, doing barbecues on weekends, going to cinema, museums, football matches, dancing samba, shopping, living their life off just everywhere else. Since i spent hell of time in SP i indulged my self with all listed above and i`l like to to point out activities i had during my stay SP.
Every weekend barbecue - thats obvious, Capoeira, i grew more fond it every day, shopping, honestly i don't know why, i bought 15 pairs of jeans in SP.
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Major shopping centers are Ibirua Puera shopping, Bras where you will see all little shops, and stands outside, occupies 15 blocks
Mercadao Area, the same occupies about 10 blocks, of course there are a lot more than just those, but those are the major and most famous.
Prices in SP, 1$ USA = 2.12 - 2.19 Brazilian reals $R the rate of their currency was changing that fast because of president elections that was taking place when i was there.
So metro costs 2.10$R
good lunch will cost you 15$R you can eat hamburger at Bras for 1$R but i wouldn't do it :) though 3-4$R hamburgers were just fine.
T-shirts from 10-20$R, jeans, 40-100R$ for non brand ones.
If you want to buy a car, don't do it in Brazil, they are so expensive there, 2-3 more times expensive than in my country, i dont know why..
In Europe for example new A6 costs 70000$US, now probably cheaper, and in Brazil it costs 150000$US
Hotels, 50-60$R 2-3 star hotels all around SP, appartament in a secured area with security, pool, sauna and other activities will cost you up to 1500$R a month, thats without furniture, you can get apartments in casual house, that just has apartments and without all these services for about 600-800R$ a month. so if you are staying in SP for a long time its a good idea to rent one.
Museums; Pinacoteca it has all kind of Brazilian painters, Ipiranga the house of royal family in SP, Rio has a better one since it was capital in Imperial Brazil, Ipiranga is not a best area, so just watch out there, you cannot make photos or movies inside museum, but i made some, until guard caught me hehe
MASP: it has example of very fine art of such artists as Cezannes, Toulouse-Loutrec, Van Gogh and others, rumor is this museum is in a very bad shape, due to low funding.
In streets close to Av.Paulista there are lots of bars and discotheques if you`re interested, SP is huge, there are probably a lot of best bars and places to choose from, i can't really give names, because i don't remember :)
Cathedral de Se, biggest cathedral in SP.
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Municipal theater it has quite low admission fee and has a lot of shopping around it
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Liberdade, Japanese quarter, some people living there don't even speak Portuguese, you can buy lot of Japanese stuff there, like sushi, katanas and anything else.
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Patio de Colegio, Colegio Square with probably oldest church in Brazil where first mass Christian mass took place, around this area you can get to the top of some building and get a nice view.
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Praca de republica on weekends, artist gather around there selling their paintings, for 500-600$R they can make a painting of you 150x100cm. And it is quite great, he will ask for your photo, and 2 weeks. Also this place has a lot merchant that sell lots of accessories;eg bracelets, necklaces, apparel and souvenirs
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All these places reachable from city center, Avenida Paulista in 10 minutes max by subway. Patio de Colegio, 25 de marcio, Praca republica, Cathedral de Se and Liberdade are all in the city center, you can get to Sao Bento metro and just explore it all, easy to move around, just ask policeman or vendor for a name and he will point you direction.
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Ibira Puera Park, must visit site, huge, awesome park with museums, attractions, bike rentals, thousands of people on weekends, etc.. i have separate blog entry about it.
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SP has 4 football stadiums, I went to one of them to Palmeiras - Botofogo game probably team names won't tell you much, but Brazilians love their football, obviously.. I learned so many bad words that day standing on tribunes, hearing 25000 people shouting son of B.... in Portuguese when someone missed a pass or made a mistake.
They have special songs they sing to discourage the opponent team and fans, you can buy bear and concentrate on it if you feel bored as i did, honestly it was my 2nd time on football game, first one was in Rio in Maracana, by the chance it was also a Botofogo - something else game, and i didn't really enjoyed it, so we left after first half, but here ihad to stay, because i came with a lot of Brazilian friends so i had to stay with them, so i did in cold heavy rain that lasted for 50 minutes and of course i did not had umbrella with me, so you can imagine how i felt, though i enjoyed the energy of the mass, when someone scored, whole stadium exploded with energy and you feel very much in action.
You see those guys on photo; they stop every 5th car or a bus for a minute, surround your car completely, sing a hymn of their team, while about 40 hands pumping your car with palms. Nobody seem to object though, i imagine what kind of reaction first day tourist would have if he have gotten him self in this situation hehe
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I know who lives in those houses :D
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SP Zoo, I wasn't amazed honestly, feels like in any other zoo in the world, nice place spend a day, about 50 min from centre of SP by car in 2 hours you can see whole place.
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honestly after visiting everything possible in Sao Paulo i grew quite tired of it honestly, to visit SP is a great place, but to live i prefer Rio

Posted by vanbest 22:48 Archived in Brazil

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