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Living without a car in Sao Paulo

Living without a car in Sao Paulo

Let’s face it. Life isn’t always easy, and in Sao Paulo, I have found that life can sometimes be rather difficult and stressful. Personally, transportation has been one of the hardest things about living here, and one of the most difficult things to adjust to. After living in Madrid,  I was spoiled when it came to public … Continue reading

Fútbol en La Bombonera…Argentina vs. Brasil!

When most people think of Brazil, Spain or Argentina, soccer is undoubtedly one of the common links these countries share. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that many of my memorable travel experiences have been related with soccer. Football, fúbol, futebol–regardless of what you call it, the most popular sport in the world has provided … Continue reading

I fell in love…with Buenos Aires

One of the best parts of working at an American school in Brazil is having many vacation days, because we receive time off for both American and Brazilian holidays. This past week proved to be the perfect combination of the two, since a Brazilian holiday fell at the beginning of Thanksgiving week, and consequently, we … Continue reading

Art in Sao Paulo-The Pinacoteca!

Art in Sao Paulo-The Pinacoteca!

While living in Madrid, I was extremely spoiled when it came to the arts. I lived a two-minute walk from La Casa Encendida, five minutes walking from my all time favorite museum, El Museo Reina Sofia, and a 15 minute metro ride from El Prado. Not to mention all of the theatre in nearby Opera and … Continue reading

Padarias–The best bakeries in the world!

I figured after all of the doom and gloom posts about the violence in Brazil, it was time to change gears and share about one of my favorite things here—padarias!! In Portuguese, padaria means bakery, similar to the panadería in Spanish, but they are a bit different. For one thing, padarias don’t just sell bread … Continue reading

Illegal Drugs–Contributing to the Violence?

After reading yesterday’s post about the growing violence in Sao Paulo, it’s natural to question why it occurs. Again, as I said, I’m far from being an expert on Brazilian sociology, but based on the information I’ve read, much of it boils down to power struggles to control the drug trade. Of course, there are … Continue reading

Violence in Sao Paulo

I assume that currently, in the American media, the major, recent newsworthy events are the Petraeus scandal, Obama reelection, and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. These are all extremely important happenings, but there are some pretty major things going on in the rest of the world, especially here in Sao Paulo. I don’t mean to … Continue reading

Liberdade: Ramen done right

Liberdade: Ramen done right

With a M.A. in Spanish, my cultural studies have been mostly focused on the Hispanic world. I know next to nothing about most Asian countries, especially Japan, but after living in Brazil for six months I’ve come to know one thing. My heart may belong to Madrid, but Sao Paulo wins, no questions asked, in … Continue reading

Shopping in Sao Paulo

One of the downsides of living in Brazil, especially Sao Paulo, is the shopping. Better put, the EXPENSIVE shopping. It is virtually impossible to buy clothes or electronics that don’t cost obscene amounts of money. Sometimes I go to Shopping Morumbi or Jardim Sul, which are the malls closest to my apartment, to walk around … Continue reading