What is this blog about?

An American’s adventures in São Paulo, Brazil. An exploration of the city, the culture and the country through my eyes.

Why São Paulo? (Or, why not Rio?)

I’ll be honest. The first time I came to São Paulo, for a weekend and accompanied by a born and bred paulistana, I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was just a typical big city with an obscene amount of malls.

My second time around though has been different. Instead of a weekend, I’ve been living and working here which has naturally lead me to discover more about the city and appreciate it for what it is.

I know, Rio de Janeiro is the glamorous city everyone’s heard of, with its beaches and Christ statue and Carnaval. Often when people talk of visiting Brazil, they really mean Rio.

But São Paulo has an intriguing complexity to it. I have had a difficult time identifying what characterizes the city besides its sheer immensity. To be honest, I still don’t fully get it. But with its vast amount of neighborhoods, institutions, cultures, subcultures, and yes, malls, it’s an ongoing adventure to discover what makes Sao Paulo its own.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, I’m Fabrício’s student. He told us about your blog and I think an amazing idea. I’ve always wanted to know with my city is seen for people the others countries.

    I apologize if my English it’s not perfect.


    Allyne Pires

  2. Hi, there! Thanks for visiting my post and for the “Like”. As a Brazilian living in the US for many years, I find your blog very interesting. You are right, Sampa has its charms but it takes time to appreciate it. I’m from the Northeast of Brazil (Fortaleza) but visited S. Paulo several times on business. Still don’t know much about it, though… Good luck exploring it!

  3. Hey! So I’ve been following your blog for awhile because I’m fascinated with Brazil and you’ve had so many interesting things to say about the country and its biggest city. That’s why I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can check out my latest blog post with more information and accept it and pass it on if you would like! Parabéns!

  4. I love Sao Paulo… Never really lived there but years ago had a relationship to the son of Swiss/Austrian Expats and traveled on a regular base to Sao Paulo to spend weeks there or travel on and discover more of this beautiful country together with him…

  5. I’m moving to São Paulo in July and I love reading your posts and your many photos on Instagram! It really is inspiring to see the everyday pleasures and observations of my soon to be home!

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