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Minha experiência de São Paulo

BRAZIL | Sunday, 24 June 2012 | Views [807]

Highlights:

Excellent subway system: easy to circumnavigate through the city.

Mercado Municipal: trying out all the exotic fruits.

Villa Madelena graffiti

Museu do Futebol

 

Lowlights:

Arriving and feeling completely dependent on Bruno since I couldn’t speak a word of Portuguese.

Visited too many museums and boring art galleries.

 

Places:

Mercado Municipal: a market that has an abundance of food stalls selling fruit, cheese, meat and almost everything food related. There were also many mini- restaurants that you could eat at.

Liberdade: A Japanese neighbourhood, looks like you walked into Asia due to the typical Japanese architecture. Ate some sushi there that was actually quite terrible.

Bank City: visited the financial hub of Sao Paulo, where the stock exchange and the banks are located. Whilst walking around, I saw several life-sized human-like statues positioned on many of the building rooftops. I was told that this was the work of Antony Gormley, who runs this exhibition internationally. I managed to see Antony Gormley's exhibition in Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

Catedral da Sao Paulo and other churches: The churches are beautifully decorated inside.

Avenida Paulista: Walked through the city centre, admiring the beautiful architecture of the modern skyscrapers.

Torre Banespa: A high skyscraper that gave us a panoramic view of the city of Sao Paulo

Minhocao: A highway in Sao Paulo that is closed off on weekends for leisure, exercise, etc

Vila Madelena: A fairly upmarket area in Sao Paulo with some great bars. There was a street where the walls were full of amazing graffiti. The skill of these artists is impressive and their creativity unimaginable.

Ibirapuera: An urban park that has many museums, art galleries, etc. We didn’t get to see all of it.

Museu Pinacoteca: A beautiful art gallery with many sculptures and paintings. There was also a music band playing in the foyer.

Museu da Língua Portuguesa: A museum about the origins of the Portuguese language. Very interesting, but unfortunately it was all in Portuguese so I couldn’t understand most of it.

Museu do Futebol: An excellent museum about football in Brazil. Very well designed. There were many interactive stations where you could watch or listen to momentous, historic football moments (Roberto Bagio penalty miss Italy vs. Brazil world cup 1994), learn about different techniques in soccer and follow the history of all the world cups. We also got to play a virtual soccer game, where we had to shoot towards a goal. I scored!!!

MASP: Museum of Art Sao Paulo was an art gallery with many paintings and a few sculptures. The art talk was very complicated and long-winded. You needed to be an artist to enjoy this gallery.

 

People:

Dennis Albert: 1st Couch Surfing host, very friendly, loves his country, took the effort to show us as much about his city as he could.

Blake: American, gay, very friendly and helpful, helped me get back to Dennis’s place when I lost Bruno, went to some monastery to meditate for a month.

Bryan: American, “WOOF”ed through South America.

Tristan: French guy.

Colin: American, Huge moustache.

Angelo Sartori: 2nd Couch Surfing host, very friendly and accommodating, owned pasta business, aspiring photographer, absolutely loves his country.

 

 

Activity:

The streets were bustling with entertainment. I saw the following :a Samba band, a girl’s percussion band practising and a Capoeira demonstration all in the street.

 

Foods:

Pastel: a fried pastry with mince in it.

Farofa: is a toasted flour mixture that is added to rice. It adds a very nice texture and gives the rice some extra flavour.

Carambola: a star like fruit that tastes like a mix between a crunchy orange and a pear.

Jabuticaba: a fruit that looks like a big grape, but taste like a mix between a litchi and a plum.

Fruta da Conde: looks like a green pine cone but has a white flesh inside that taste like apple custard.

Caqui: A tomato looking fruit that has a rich creamy taste, but I could only eat it in small quantities.

Sandes de Mortadella: A ham roll that is stuffed with massive quantities of fried ham. I didn’t enjoy i as it was too salty and oily.

Sartori’s Pasta: Angelo owned a pasta business and we tasted a few of his pastas.

Acai with Banana & Granola: Acai is a berry fruit that is made into a kind of sorbet. It is unbelievably delicious and refreshing, god’s gift to man!

 

Drinks:

Caipirinha de Limao (Cachaca 51): Cachaca 51 (a cheap Cachaca) is disgusting since it has like a metholated spirits taste. The drink’s flavour was good but the Cachaca was overpowering.

Caipirinha de Carembola (Cachaca 51): same as above.

Refrigante Guarana: A local cool drink, I enjoyed it.

Agua de Coco: Coconut water,  refreshing with a subtle coconut flavour.

Caldo de Cana: sugar cane juice.

 

 

Words:

Valeu/Faleu = lekker, directly translated means “of value”.

Cara = endearing term of addressing someone.

 

Music:

Ivette: a beautiful Brazilian pop singer.

Cassaele: a druggy, female rock star.

“Eu quero tchu, eu quero tcha”: a popular song that is played EVERYWHERE!

 

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