Brazil budget

Ok, so I finally did a bit of math to have an estimate of my budget, and my spending… I decided I’ll post it here. It was really helpful for me to read on other blog how much they had spent, so I could have an indication of what I might need. I have calculated […] Read More

São Paulo revisited

And here’s the best of São Paulo. Best part/scene/place: Vila Mariana – rua Joaquim Távora. For its amazing number of bars, restaurants and places. Best drink (non-alcoholic): Egnaldo’s Papaya-Maca-Lemon Juice. Super yummy and home made! Best drink (alcoholic): Caipirinha wins it again, at Athenas. Best restaurant: Athenas. For its cheese balls. Best bar: Loca bar, the one at the corner of […] Read More

Sampa’s markets

My last full day in Brazil was market day for me. I went down to the Centro and into the Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Well, first, I had to fight my way through. I got off at São Bento Metro, and ran into the masses of São Paulo. Think Oxford street at Christmas, just much, […] Read More

Forget Guacamole

The first drink Mauricio made me in Rio was a Vitamina with avocado. It was delicious. But basically any fruit can be used, I understand – check this recipe! Now I had another epiphany: An avocado popsicle! Forget the green mushy stuff to dip your tacos in! This is the real thing!!!! It’s from a store in […] Read More

But… where is the art…?

I really like museums. Anything with photography, a Picasso or Matisse will make me happy. São Paulo seemed to have a lot to offer… the MIS, the MASP, the MAM, the MAC…. all interesting targets. I was however a bit confused about the MAC, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo. Judging from its […] Read More

Mobile me

Keeping a city of 20 Million people mobile and out of traffic jams must be a logistic nightmare…. I can hardly imagine the number of buses, depots, trains, cars… Well, I have one figure: there are 7 Million registered cars in São Paulo alone. However, I have to say the system seems to work, for me. […] Read More

Getting connected

So far, this trip has been far from lonely. Sure, I’m traveling on my own, but it has been easy to meet people in all different places. The best thing though is when friends connect you, like my friend Daniel did, whom I had met in San Francisco six years ago… A few Facebook messages […] Read More

Head over heels

To sum it up for Wednesday: I’ve had esfihas, some kind of tiny, lofty cheese pizza (you squeeze a fresh lemon over it), for breakfast with a friend, I got some US Dollars for Argentina in a Brazilian bank speaking with hands and feet (and undergoing a name change to Christian Deutsch in the process), […] Read More

No time in São Paulo

One of the biggest differences I feel since I have arrived in São Paulo is the notion of time. In Rio I was all relaxed, and slow, and had my dreamy rhythm of beach and books, cinema and city, sleep and drinks… Suddenly, in São Paulo, I feel like I have no time. Days feel like 8 […] Read More

Vila Mariana

So here’s my new neighborhood: Vila Mariana. South of the centre of the city, it’s one of São Paulo’s most bohemian neighborhoods. When I found the place on Airbnb I mailed a friend and former colleague, who had lived in São Paulo for three years, to inquire whether this area was a good one. ‘Book it’ was […] Read More