My trip to South America started with a 12 hours layover at Sao Paulo. For the longest time on the flight, I was debating
with myself that 'Should I bother to visit Sao Paulo ?', 'Or what are you going to do at the airport for 10 hours'. Flight
arrived and my decision was to visit the historical part of Sao Paulo. Knowing the fact that the city is quite violent and dangerous,
I managed to get the downtown area by bus.
It is a very historical city. Most buildings still retain the 1800s architectural look. A few pictures here and there. I started
to notice there were a lot of homeless people on the street, and also a lot of policemen/policewomen guarding the street. Most police that I
saw wore bulletproof vest and were armed with at least 2 guns, some had a shot gun in their hands. It gave me a mixed feeling that "I am safe and
I am not safe indeed".
Flight AC 90 got me to Sao Paulo
Got the map and bus ticket to downtown Sao Paulo
See the lady holding up the banner at the crossing. This is how to do their marketing.
This building was built in the 1920s
Interesting stone pavement
with people ...
Nothing special about these grafitti, right? But this is a Government Building with armed military guards, you wonder how they did that ?
I walked by, and noticed not just Canada had welfare programs ...
See what a human can do !!
This meat store is located on the Ground Floor in a Commercial Bank Building .
Gotta show you some downtown Sao Paulo traffic.
Copper railing on almost every bridges in historic downtown.
Used to be the most famous hotel in South America in the 1960s.
Interesting roof hanging, and check out those phone booth !
Stone pavement made Sao Paulo a very historical look.
Native singing Samba.
Samba Music Click to play video (6 MB file).
The best part of my Sao Paulo trip was listening to these guys playing the guitar and singing Samba. I stood that for almost an hour, enjoyed watching
other people walking by, the music, and attractive look of the Brazilian women.
This guy is selling umbrella while it was pouring.