São Paulo, Cidade da Garoa!
São Paulo has a very important hole in my life, was the first city I went to live alone. It is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the western and southern hemisphere, and the world’s seventh largest city by population. São Paulo can please you in seconds or can make you hate it forever.
If you are a person connected to the cultural background, São Paulo is the place for you. This is where the best theather’s plays in Brazil are held (>> guide of plays http://www.guiadeteatro.com.br/index.php?t=ok). While I lived there I went to see Spring Awakening (here is the site of the Theater>> http://www.apaacultural.org.br/sergiocardoso/home.php). I also recommend going to TUCA (>>http://www.teatrotuca.com.br/). Teatro Alfa (>> http://www.teatroalfa.com.br/) where I saw My Fair Lady. And Teatro Abril, where I saw The Phantom of The Opera.
São Paulo is where the alternative cinemas like “Cine Livraria Cultural” (>>http://www.cinelivrariacultura.com.br/cinelivrariacultura/index.asp), “Reserva Cultural de Cinema” and the no longer existent “HSBC Belas Artes” are, and where you can find Avenida Paulista, with a strong regional influence in commerce and finance. There are also some cinemas with vip space, an example is “Cinema Cinépolis” http://www.cinepolis.com.br/institucional/imprensa/. Most of the concerts happen in this city too, because of the Estádio do Morumbi or Via Funchal. São Paulo maintains strong international influence and is considered an Alpha – World City. The name of the city honors Saint Paul.
It houses several important monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, São Paulo Museum of Art, the Ibirapuera Park (from the picture) and Parque Estadual do Jaraguá (http://www.ambiente.sp.gov.br/parque-estadual-do-jaragua/). The city holds many high profile events, like the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazil Grand Prix Formula 1 São Paulo, São Paulo Fashion Week and the São Paulo Indy 300.
If you are a fan of libraries I suggest this one (>> http://www.livrariahaikai.com.br/). There is also a street called Augusta where exists various bars and another places (that I don’t recommend going), I visited this http://www.infernoclub.com.br/ but I don’t feel like coming back.
There are thousands of restaurants too. Try going during the Restaurant Week, a great gastronomic event: http://www.restaurantweek.com.br/
I can list some restaurants that I visited around the city: >> http://www.kebabsalonu.com.br/ or http://www.kebabel.com.br/blog/ for fans of Kebab >> http://www.barmadda.com.br/ Maddá, restaurant placed in Vila Madalena >> http://www.dolivinorestaurante.com.br/ or http://www.thefifties.com.br/ for hamburguer’s fans
People from the city of São Paulo are known as paulistanos, while paulistas designates anyone from the whole of São Paulo state, including the paulistanos. The city’s motto, present in his official coat, consists of the Latin phrase “Non Ducor, Duco”, which means “I’m not driven, actually conduct”. The city, which is also colloquially know as “Sampa” or “Cidade da Garoa” (city of drizzle) is amazing, but be careful with the traffic, noise and, most of all, the pollution from the place.
Tips of what to do for free in São Paulo>> http://gratisemsp.blogspot.com/
>>Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTivdzpDqP0 Blindness