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Features > São Paulo, Brazil (January 2008) > A visit to São Paulo


Working for a multi-national company can be a good thing, especially in the middle of winter when you have to travel across the equator to sunny Brazil! My co-worker Babu and I went to São Paulo, Brazil in January to help out with a project there. It was warm, humid, and sunny with surroundings of tropical plants and beaches. Meanwhile back in Milwaukee, it was one of the coldest parts of the winter causing a 100 degree Celsius different between the two locations! I'm glad I was in the warmer one...


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Leaving Pewaukee it's a pretty standard winter landscape...


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Poor plants...


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One 10-hour flight later (and only 4 hours ahead of CST time) São Paulo is lush and green


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There are plants growing everywhere not covered by concrete (and trees grow out of their concrete bounds along the sidewalks quite often, not onto the street but sidewalks themselves can have big bumps in some places especially along less busy roads)


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View from the hotel


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The outlets were even in the right shape and 220 volts


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A nice hotel room...


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This is the first time I've seen both the Gideon Bible and Bhuddist teachings in a hotel room (odd because they only make up 1% of the population there)


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The number of helicopters used in Sao Paulo is second only to New York City due to the terrible traffic in the city


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A nice plant on the roof of the hotel - it had an observation deck with whirlpool, regular pool, and exercise area


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Sprawling Sao Paulo


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A pretty flower at breakfast in the hotel


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Taken in the late afternoon just after a rainstorm. São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and 4th largest in the world with 18.3 million people in the urban area (~400k less than New York City's urban area population)


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I believe much of the infrastructure is based upon microwave and other transmission methods due to the large distances and lack of buried cables involved. Also, each business appears to be responsible for the state of their sidewalk in front of the building and the state of these ranges from well maintained black and white patterns to hastily slapped down concrete with no smoothing and lots of cracks.


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Nice architecture


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The dominant religion is Roman Catholic at 68% of the population


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Another pretty plant on the hotel roof


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Traffic in São Paulo is fairly miserable, but was lighter when we visited since schools were on vacation. Also, there are restrictions based upon license plate number since those with specific plate numbers can't drive on certain days.


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Petrobras is the state-owned oil company and in the top 50 largest companies in the world. São Paulo is the 19th richest city in the world and in 2020 it is expected to be the 13th richest. Per capita income is 24k BRL (Brazillian Reals) per year - about $13k USD.


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This building is called the "Robocop" building


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The São Paulo metro has nice looking stations, this one is along the big river/drainage canal that runs through the city


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A fancy new bridge


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A fancy old bridge


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