Photos by Alexis Maciel, (American University) Student Correspondent CET Brazil, Fall 2018 Before arriving to São Paulo, I wondered what a city of 12 million people would feel like. Would it feel cold? Lonely? Overwhelming? It’s officially been a month in this beautifully unpredictable city. As I looked out from the 41st floor of the Terraço Italia building, I realized it’s never been easier to call a new place “home”. Band name suggestions? Truly grateful to experience this city with such amazing people. Here we are in Vila Madalena (a hub for many graffiti artist), learning about the importance of graffiti art within the city. Soaking in all the beautiful colors from the art surrounding me. This is Aboud. Came to Brazil from Syria four years ago. Started his own business. And is deeply admired and respected by his community. The Brazilian Dream? We had to get a picture with the man himself. Thank you Aboud for the best shawarma I’ve ever tasted! Did you know that Brazil is one of the leading nations in recycling? We visited Pimp My Carroça (Pimp My Wagon) a non-profit organization, and learned about their project that offers safety kits to individual waste collectors and improvements in their main working tool: the wagon. The project was created by graffiti artist and activist Mundano, and today has more than 3,500 collaborators. Location: Mercado Municipal de São Paulo (Municipal Market of São Paulo) I tried three fruits I never knew existed, and had my first (but definitely not last) Mortadella sandwich. This mercado was full of delicious surprises. During our city tour we entered the São Paulo Cathedral. Known for its gothic style with a Brazilian twist, inside you can find sculptures of bananas, birds, and coffee beans. “Pelé the Kisser” can be seen all around São Paulo. Here it shows Pelé, known as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, kissing Batman. Other’s murals include Pelé kissing Muhammad Ali, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Mona Lisa, among others. “The people want Lula free” – The Brazilian presidential elections are right around the corner. With the leading candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva aka Lula currently in prison, (and yet to be proven guilty) his ability to run is unlikely and the outcome of this election is truly uncertain. UPDATE: As of Friday August 31, 2018, Brazil’s top electoral court ruled that former President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, cannot run for a third term, eliminating him as a front runner. The greenery of the PUC-SP campus. Do I really get to study here?!