I have to admit… It takes some courage and especially if you can not judge the situation… But i encourage you… Put some rockin’ music in your ears and Take a walk in the hills, concrete and green Jungle that Sao Paulo is.
If you get lost mark your spot of origin in the OpenStreetMap or look for a Cap(taxi) that will bring you home.
You will realize that even in favelas… Its just normal human beeings trying to make the best out of life.
But because everyone is so scared of the other 20 million inhabitants that they would prefer sitting in an armored car in a traffic jam than walking around… Beeing faster, consuming less fossil-fuels…
Only on-foot you really can soak in all the details and there are many in Sao Paulo… Good or bad.
Most Paulistas and Brazileros in general are highly cultivated, intelligent, fun and friendly people with a smile powered powered by sunlight (which is often missing in Germany) just as Sydney Sao Paulo CAN be hot but often is not… Temps stay around pleasant 25°C or less(!!?).
And the sky can be quiet often quiet cloudy.
While this is good to keep a cool head for business decisions it can piss off the average tourist :-p
PS: Rio and Sao Paulo have THE best Jujitsu schools, Gracie 🙂