Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A day in Sao Paolo

So. Well. Chris, the below-mentioned soil engineer (an environmentalist, but nothing to to with the Global Greens Congress) took me for a walk in Sao Paolo, because he knows his way around.

It was a city like any other city, although also completely unlike any other city, since every city is different from every other city, as indeed, every place different from every other place. I have a deep rooted aversion to cities generally, but I did like some of the architecture in SP; some of the towers look as if they have been designed by and for human beings.

The pavements are sh*te. Lovely mosaic cobbles, but falling to bits, and cobbles not replaced after pipe laying operations.

The trees are lovely, good natured and quiet, as indeed they are worldwide, but all different sorts, mainly unrecognisable, some with epiphytes, (didn't know that cheeseplants were epiphytes). Only ones I recognised were a few London Planes.

We made it to a park with art exhibitions. One was modern Japanese. I loved an environment room with flowers and little tables and chairs set out (little people size). Freya would love it. Flowers as art...hmm, revolutionary. Some of the flowers needed a bit of TLC though.

The other art stuff was interesting. One was a video of a girl in pink doing pink vomit. Not sure about that really. Definitely not up there with the Night Watch.

We had lunch and then visited the Afro-Brazil expo, which was much more the business. Huge cultural impact, historic artefacts, a blast from the past (I got v excited over woodworking tools and got told off. NO TOCAR is not some green slogan, it means don't touch).

There was a slave ship framework there, and a moving projection about slavery. Chris told me that we Brits were the first to get rid of slavery (yes I know it has not fully gone away yet), so a lifetime of campaigning by the anti-slavery movement ("The end of civilisation as we know it if you get rid of slaves") paid off. Lets see, human sacrifice stopped in the 9th century BC, slavery stopped in the 18-19th century; maybe militarism is next...

Bought a toothbrush.

Drank some Brazilian herb tea. Not sure about this.

Any Green Party members reading this - you are not paying for this day of cultural recreation. I am mainly self funding.

Must prepare for tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

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