Sao Paulo Journals

The Whole Horizon: Sao Paulo

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A December 2003 trip to Sao Paulo by SeenThat

The Airport Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa More Photos
Quote: The biggest city in South America, Sao Paulo seems to occupy the whole Earth while approaching it from the air.

Caffe Ritazza

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Restaurant

Caffe Ritazza Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Once in a lifetime it happens. You arrive from one place after a long trip and are about to leave for another faraway location. Few things matter in such a situation, except maybe for tickets and schedules. Food becomes an unnecessary luxury – or maybe unnecessary liability. Who wants a heavy belly while riding an oscillating vehicle?So you arrive to an in-between place and have some time to kill, but not enough to allow a proper break. No time for a quick shower in a cheap hotel. No time for a short walk to an unknown place. There is time just for putting the luggage at the terminal storage and for a short search after some quick satisfaction. Comfort food is an easy solution.So you w...Read More

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Caffe Ritazza
Tiete Bus Station
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral

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Attraction | "St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral"

Caffe Ritazza Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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A couple of hours after landing in South America, I stumbled upon a church. It was a Russian Orthodox one; would I have been more surprised if the first temple I had seen was a Tibetan Pagoda? Obviously, the Global Village was in one of its good days.In dense urban areas, temples get often shadowed by a plethora of tall commercial buildings. Skyscrapers would block any good angle. Most probably it would not be possible to see the structure as a whole; a series of snapshots from bad angles would be the only thing to be appreciated. That is not the case with this one. Despite being located in a relatively central zone of Sao Paulo, the church got the place it deserves and is wonderfully illumina...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2007

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
Rua Tamandare 710
Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Airport Photo, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Usually, whenever we hear the term “long-day” we think of it in a figurative way; after all, days have a fixed length. However, for once, I was entitled to use the term literally.After two years in Asia, it was time to leave for South America. Hong Kong offered few opportunities for reaching South America through the Pacific Ocean and none of them was convenient. After a few days on talks with the Time Travel agency, I settled for a flight to Sao Paulo through Johannesburg. It sounded awkward at first, but the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I had never been in South Africa – taking a quick look certainly would improve any future decision to visit the place - and the South African...Read More
Border Line - Chuy - Chui Photo, Chui, Brazil
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Many travelers dislike traveling in local buses. They find it cheap, maybe even degrading. Actually, it is a good way to see the countryside and local culture. Most other ways of transport create a barrier between the traveler and his muse; and aren’t we – travelers – trying just to look above cultural and physical barriers?Hence I decided to take a bus along the Brazilian coast from Sao Paulo to Chui, the border cross to Uruguay. Instead of stopping over at the main cities along the way, I treated the trip as a quick survey; I took a direct bus and flagged the places worth of a special visit in the future.Two companies serve the line, one Brazilian and the second Uruguayan; they work ...Read More

A Tasty Cultural Gate

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Gate to a New Culture Photo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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When arriving at a new and foreign place, many aspects of its culture are closed to us. However, much before we comprehend the language or understand the culture, much before the gestures and body language of the locals make sense, even in our first day there, we can taste and enjoy the local food. It is the first gate we cross to a new culture. It may be quite limited – it won’t explain all the local idiosyncrasies – but it would provide the first glimpses. Which ingredients do they use? How do they cook? Do they care about aesthetics? What kind of cutlery do they use? Endless questions, maybe not very important ones, but the only ones that are easy to answer in the first days.Brazil’s mu...Read More