São Paulo

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São Paulo

I got to go to São Paulo , Brazil, on a business trip from January 15 through January 21, 2006. This was my first time in Brazil; I had a great time and would go again.

We stayed at L’Hotel, a very nice hotel near one of the major shopping and banking streets, Avenida Paulista.

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The view from my hotel room window

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A park on Avenida Paulista

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A postcard with a panoramic view of Sao Paulo Centro

The main office of the bank we were visiting, Banco Real, which is owned by ABN AMRO, is on that street.

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Part of the facade of the main office of Banco Real

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The Bank is sponsoring a running race in January – this is a post card handed
to all the employees while we were in the office

We walked around the area near the hotel a bit, finding some interesting radio towers, constructed like the Eiffel Tower. We also did some shopping, and found Bob’s Burgers!

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Two radio towers on Avenida Paulista

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Bob’s Burgers in one of the malls on Avenida Paulista
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School children lining up outside a school

I also went to the MASP, the museum of art in Sao Paulo. Its a really nice museum with a small but very good collection including a Hans Memling and three Hieronymus Bosch’s.

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The facade of MASP

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The ticket to enter MASP

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Ressurreicao de Cristo by Raphaelo Santos

I read a great book on this trip, which I found by accident – while searching on amazon.com for a pocket guide to Sao Paulo, I found a book titled City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo by Teresa P.R. Caldeira – you can find my brief review in my blog. If you visit Sao Paulo, do be careful – there’s lots of crime and there are very very bad areas of town; two colleagues were robbed as they arrived at our hotel 15 minutes before we walked in from dinner.

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