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Fourth Largest City - Transience Divine
October 7th, 2008
10:07 am


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Fourth Largest City
I returned to São Paulo, to the same hostel I slept at when I arrived by plane three months ago. I was surprised by how reminiscent everything felt. The way I struggled with my Portuguese with the deskworker felt the same, with few new strengths and few fewer weaknesses. I went to the large grocery store, and if I could feel that my sense of bewilderment was less, it wasn't much less: I moved through those aisles with similar confidence and similar confusion three months ago. I spoke with the same mouth, heard with the same ears, saw with the same eyes.

I was there for a week and met a bunch of travelers, but balancing in work and preparing for the beta release of the Travelers Network, I didn't have so much time to explore the city. The last few days, however, I met some folks from England, and played the tourist with them. Except, now I was the one explaining Brazil: showing them what to try, telling what I knew of the elections happening this weekend, translating words around then city. When they wanted to try a comida-por-kilo, I just went and asked some locals where one was. When they went the get tickets, I tried to explain the dizzying array of options and help them at the counter. I was their first Brazilian.

I'm now back in Rio, and glad to be out of the smog.

I was also reunited with my camera! Here are some pics:

São Bento Stained Glass

São Paulo, from high up

Catedral de Sé

Goldleaf in Catedral de Sé

Lake in Parque de Ipiranga

Out a Window

Hotel Unique

Green-Covered Wall

Vila Madalena Mural

Vila Madalena Mural

Vila Madalena Mural

Vila Madalena Mural

More murals we can't see

Vila Madalena Cemetery

Expensive "Poor Family" Monument

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Date:October 7th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
It all looks so beautiful.
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Date:October 7th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, those murals are incredible.
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Date:October 7th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
No kidding! It's a part of São Paulo the city grew backwards into from different directions, so there are a lot of backs-of-houses, and graffiti artists just took it over. And you can tell on some of them that there are generations of graffiti overlapped. There are few more at http://www.existencia.org/pics/categories.php?cat_id=10&page=3
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