Tag Archives: São Paulo

My Foray into Carnival after 10 Years of Avoiding It

I don’t like parades, whether they be Fourth of July parades, Thanksgiving Day Parades, Gay Parades, Mummers Parades (aka gay parades), so it’s no surprise that Carnival was simply never a festival that was high on my priority list both … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Love São Paulo – plus one

Most foreigners have an image of Brazil which includes the beaches of Rio, thick forest of the Amazon, or the Carnivals of Salvador. But Brazil´s 3.3. million mi² makes it nearly the size of the United States and big enough … Continue reading

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Riding the Yellow: São Paulo´s Bike Sharing Experiment

A few months ago I began to notice unchained yellow bikes around the city of São Paulo. I was curious to find out more about them, and as good fortune would have it, one was left parked right outside my … Continue reading

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Fabulous Nature Hike Just Outside of São Paulo Capital – Trilha do Índio (The Indian’s Trail)

Escaping the brick and concrete jungle which is São Paulo does not always require traveling that far outside the city. Both this year and last I went on a hike down the Trilha do Índio (The Indian Trail) organized by … Continue reading

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Safety Tips for São Paulo

With nearly 60,000 a year there’s no debating that Brazil is a very dangerous country and São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest capital city, is no stranger to violent crime. With more than 20 million people (if one counts the greater metropolitan area) … Continue reading

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Aguá Branca Park – A Small São Paulo Park With Big Character

About five years ago I had to go to Perdizes, a neighborhood on the west side of São Paulo, for the first time. I found the area charming, so when I was finished my business there I decided to have a … Continue reading

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Taco Bell Brasil – A Quick Review

Update November 2016: I discovered that they had soft tacos and the soft tacos are great. Also, the waiting time is considerably shorter. Although I still am not a fan of the hot sauce in a mini container that they offer, … Continue reading

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Brazil “Weekly” Round Up of Non-News 2

I am operating on Brazilian time for my weekly roundup. I am not apologizing for my lateness either. The last few weeks have been exciting times in Brazil. Here is some of the non-news. Whats App is deactivated in Brazil, … Continue reading

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Why Is PT Such A Hated Political Party? The answers may not be as obvious as the newspaper headlines will have you believe.

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff’s approval ratings are mostly in the single digits and those in favour of her impeachment make up around 60% or more of the population in most major polls. To many, she has lost any legitimacy to … Continue reading

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My Walk Through SESC Pompeia – A São Paulo Landmark

SESC stands for “Serviço Social do Comércio” (Social Service of Commerce) and operates in every state in Brazil. In São Paulo alone there are 35 branches in 19 cities. It is a non-profit institution founded in 1946 by businessmen with … Continue reading

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