Friday, July 19, 2013

Nov 2012: Walking the streets of Sao Paulo


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I reached Sao Paulo (SP) by the afternoon after Mexico and then dropped off my luggage at the hotel and went off for a walk.

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Its a very modern area, all steel and glass.

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the area in front of the hotel was very clean

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interestingly, on a sunday, when I landed, one track of the road is given over to bicycles. Quite interesting and I love the idea of weekends having reservations for cyclists.

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very functional

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Wow, there are similar poles in India but gosh they are so well arranged!

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a view of the hotel…sharp edges :)

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quite a clean city…still, Sunday presumably isn't the garbage collection day..

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50 kms usually other than domingo when its 40? and the traffic cones for the bike tracks..

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Nice looking lady and hellooooo!!!

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Nice roof, with a helipad on top. SP has one of the highest rates of personal helicopters in the world.

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There’s one

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More electricity cables.

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nice, it looks like the building is veiled..


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I love these little phone booths..

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more electricity poles. I cant get over how wonderfully they have been arranged

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More like it, the old media view of favelas, I wouldn't dive down that street..With somebody sleeping it off.

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some graffiti, not sure what it says.. photo 099-IMG_3433_zps36fa59bb.jpg


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more stark buildings..

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that’s more like it…this is less blocky

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Low cloud cover and a plane emerging..

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I come to a park, the parque do povo

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And another chopper

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this was a nice park…with lovely flowers.

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And another plane..

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A banyan tree…i think

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will the roots take root?

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And another one..

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reflected flags on a mall

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Peeking at a commuter train..

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A cafe..with a roof in the shape of a leaf. Too bad it was closed..

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A little bamboo grove…the first huge difference, the bamboo here is much brighter yellow than what I recall in India.

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Whoa! mangoes!!! and still on the branch…what’s wrong with these people? why are these people still allowing these mangos to still exist on the branch?

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A chopped tree.

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The park is surrounded with buildings…

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lol, nice cigarette disposal unit.

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A statue..nice :) made by Christina Motta in 1944..

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Its almost 19 degrees. Nicely warm

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A very nice little bridge across the road..

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A children’s park area..with a nice little crocodile :)

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Saw this leaflet on the side of the nice.

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little fence

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and the soil is reddish..

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some lovely birds tweeting..

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tortured bark

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and this was funny, hairy trees… photo 198-IMG_3751_zpsf978d2ba.jpg

Obviously some serious flooding has taken place here.

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a police car needing a bit of fixing..

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wow, that’s an interesting statue.

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a rich rich flower…i really loved this

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a wasp’s nest!

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Another plane coming into land

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those are nice windows…very sci-fi futuristic..

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I head outside the park, getting a wee bit tired now

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a road blocked off

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a tree making a break for it

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curious, i passed in front of this mall and they refused to let me take photographs of it. Very interesting

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Hmmm, another witch transportation being left on the road..

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