"Short glimpses at São Paulo , my place....." Top 5 Page for this destination São Paulo by schurlif
São Paulo Travel Guide: 868 reviews and 1,770 photos
I'm Austrian from Vienna and as I say , life is weirder than any brazilian or mexican TV novela..... I have been living in São Paulo for the past 19 years. This place is an extreme in many ways. Grande (Metropolitan) São Paulo has some 18 million inhabitants , unquestionably one of the 5 biggest cities that exist and of course there's all the crap of any big city , pollution , traffic jams , crime , corrupted local politicians and police...
So why am I staying here..??? Hmmmm , the food !!!!! The women !!!!! The easy life if you have just a little teeny weeny amount of money...... But if it gets too much , I have at least three places where to escape: Rio , Valinhos and Ubatuba...
Rio is obvious , in Valinhos ( 80 km north) I have my country house and in Ubatuba my beach house.... so ... there you go...!
Last entry : (Well , it did get too much... on July 27th , 2006 , I moved definitely to Valinhos and I made a great decision... perfect climate , no pollution , almost no crime , much cheaper , no traffic and a parrot, three pitbulls and horses as neighbors....)
I live in a quiet ( sometimes.. that is ) residential area called Jardim das Bandeiras ( Flag Garden ) , which belongs to the Pinheiros ( = Pinetree) District , about 4 km from the city center or five minutes by car from the Avenida Paulista ( which I'll show and explain later...)
Here's my street , Rua Cristiano Viana and my house to the right on the corner...
This plane ( as seen from the roof of a highrise nearby my house) will touch down in max 2 minutes at Congonhas (city) Airport.... By the time it is almost low enough to land , whether you're in the plane or on a rooftop , it feels and looks as if the plane was crashlanding on a tiny roof.....( If you ever landed in Hong Kong that's nothing compared to landing at Congonhas...) Because the airport was built like 55 years ago on a wide open field with absolutely nothing around it.... The city has mushroomed like crazy and today the highrises grow ever closer and closer , I wonder when they'll start building one on the runway...?
- Pros:Culinary Capital of the World , relaxed mixture of Milan and New York
- Cons:Traffic, Pollution , Crime , Everybody against everybody and God against all....
- In a nutshell:Apocalyptic Giga Concrete Jungle with some very nice aspects
I don't live in São Paulo anymore but rather in Valinhos, about 80 km to the north. Whenever I have an early appointment... more travel advice
One of the nice things you can do is just drive around for the sake of it in the Ave. Paulista, Jardins and Pinheiros... more travel advice
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