Monday, 25 November 2013

VIDEO: Arriving in São Paulo by plane

Here's a great video which most of you will probabaly connect with; the familiar sensation of arriving in São Paulo Guarulhos by plane. 

The clip is by Luis Filipe Gaspar, a Portuguese travel apasionado and the soundtrack he used is Svefn-g-englar by Sigur Rós.

The video is an accelerated yet slow, melancholic journey through the skies starting in Lisbon and ending in São Paulo where, unsurprisingly, the drizzle awaits. In Luis Filipe's words "every departure entails an arrival"


If you liked the video you may want to check out the Rio to São Paulo video 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Strange but True: Neymar branded cocaine capsules found in São Paulo

What happened yesterday is something to rival any of the other oddities that we like to post from time to time.

The arrest of a male suspect as part of an early morning drug haul in São Vicente, coastal São Paulo. Nothing uncommon in that. But this particular stash of cocaine was divided into handy easy to use capsules complete with nozzles and branded "Neymar". Yes, Neymar.

When questioned by police over the use of Neymar's image and the accompanying slogan "Boas Festas", the man explained that it served to highlight the product is of the highest quality.

Someone has been studying marketing..


A police picture of the offending capsules

Thursday, 21 November 2013

VIDEO: Worms eat through people's heads in São Paulo anti-drug advert

The Crack Consome ad at the Galeria do Rock, São Paulo

O Crack Consome is a governmental campaign which was launched earlier this year to highlight the dangers of drug use in particular crack cocaine. It used shock tactics in São Paulo by using larvae to eat through the photos of people's heads from the inside.

Filmed at the Galeria do Rock in the centro region of São Paulo, the clip below shows how live worms were made to eat through the poster ads. It's not the most pleasant sensation as you watch them being devoured and transformed into scarred and holey looking people.  But the campaign did win the ad agency Talent a Cannes Lions Prize in 2013



The pictures were actually produced by printing on to dough rather than paper to give the worms an apetite.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Gustavo Lacerda's photos of Brazilian albinos

Brazil is associated with many subjects but not so often with albinism, the absence of pigment in skin, hair, and even eyes.

There are, however, many albinos in Brazil and a São Paulo-based fine art photographer has been spending time finding, researching and photographing them.

After some time photographing Brazilian albinos Gustavo Lacerda released an award winning series of colourless yet colourful portraits.

Below is a selection of his best photos.







More are available on his website




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Sunday, 10 November 2013

São Paulo versus Buenos Aires revisited

This blog's original post on the now famous São Paulo versus Buenos Aires graphics showed off some of Vivian Mota's best illustrations. 
Since then she has published many more on her tumblr blog Sampa versus Buenos Aires.

The good-humoured rivalry continues so here is an update of some the newest pictorial comparisons of the two cities.

Choose your side: San Pablo or Bons Ares..

Açai vs Dulche de Leche

Churrasco vs Parrillada

MASP vs Malba

Pingado vs Cortado


As we mentioned first time round, if you like them, they can be purchased on the official site.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

São Paulo attempts dual tunnelling a metro line for the first time

Tatuzão and Megatatuzão side by side
As of this week the extension to the Line 5 metro line is being worked on by two giant Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) instead of one. This is the first time ever São Paulo, or Brazil, has ever attempted dual tunnelling on a single metro line.

The extension, which runs from Campo Belo to Chácara Klabin station in Vila Mariana and costs R $7.5 billion, will add another 12km of track and 11 new stations.

However don’t expect it to be open any time soon. The new TBM humourously known as Tatuzão and it’s partner in crime Megatatuzão will only dig at a rate 15metres per day. That means the 1.9 km tunnel between LargoTreze, and the first of the new stations, Adolfo Pinheiro, is expected to be completed only by January next year.

So we can wait a while for the extended Lilac Line 5 to connect with the Blue Line 1 and Green Line 2 . Still, progress is progress.


Monday, 4 November 2013

The etymology of São Paulo’s neighbourhoods


What is the origin of your neighbourhood’s name? 

Below is a quick and dirty list of some São Paulo districts and where their names come from:

Bixiga (Bela Vista)
The saying goes that an infection of the bladder ("bexiga" in Portuguese) was common in the farmland area of Bela Vista in in the late nineteenth century and residents were labelled Bixigas as a pejorative term. Another possibility is that an Italian resident known for drinking heavily at the bars and taverns of Bela Vista, had a belly as round and big as a party balloon (which is also called "bexiga" in Portuguese), so, the area was nicknamed after him.

Ipiranga comes from the indigenous language Tupi. It means red river which is the colour the rivers take when containing a lot of the local red coloured earth.

Itaim Bibi the portuguese word bebê (baby) was adapted to Bibi by slaves referring to the son of famous doctor Leopoldo Couto Magalhães. Magalhães was also the owner of the Chácara Itaí. Hence th eneighbourhood name Itai(m) Bibi.

Jardins means gardens in Portuguese not many of which seem to have survived the passage of time.

Moema is a reference to a chracter in the poem Caramuru by Santa Rita Durão

Perdizes - Joaquim Alves was one of the better own breeders of partridges (perdizes) who live din the area at the end of the 19th century. He lived in what is now known as Largo Padre Péricles. Hence the área became known as Campo de Perdizes (partridge fields) and later simply Perdizes.

Pinheiros literally means pine trees and this because the land which this neighbourhood occupies used to be an area of dense forest which contained a Brazilian subtropical species of pine, Araucaria angustifolia, which incidentally is very common in Curitiba and is the symbol of Paraná state.

Tatuapé is another Tupi name meaning the path (apé) of the armadillos (tatu). 

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