Photos by Carly Longman ( University of Massachusetts Amherst), Student Correspondent for CET Brazil:Social Justice, Spring 2020
This picture was taken from the top of Avenida Paulista, the main place to go in São Paulo for shopping, people watching, and lots of famous restaurants. The weather since we arrived has alternated between torrential downpour and beautiful sunny days. Luckily! This was a sunny day.
My friend Lena from the program had her birthday during the first week of the program. All of the Brazilian roommates and us decided to make her birthday fun even though it was on a Monday. We went to a barzinho and sat under cover from the rain, and talked and celebrated Lena’s day.
Here is my roommate Joanna and my friend Angelica and I out during the first week. We tried caipirnhas and witnessed real Brazilian nightlife for the first time.
Brecho! That means thrift in Portuguese. On Saturday, me and a few friends from the program decided to walk up hill (hills are everywhere in São Paulo) for 20 minutes to go to a vintage shop. It was very cute and although I didn’t get anything, my roommate Marjorie did so I can just wear those.
This was from another night of group bonding! Our friend Patrick who already had been in Brazil for a year invited us to a birthday party where we ate cake and got to know each other even more!
Torino’s is a restaurant with decent prices between CET offices and our apartments. You will always find a friend sitting there. On this day I met up with Caitlin and we ate all this food by ourselves (lol).
This is my Brazilian roommate Eder standing in the Pateo de Colegio, one of the spots that is believed to be the starting point of São Paulo. You know, Manifest Destiny and all that.
I took this adorable picture of a street cat in our neighborhood of Perdizes. There are always dogs and cats walking around looking super cute.
The whole program did an intensive tour of all of the major points in the historical city center. This inside of the original Jesuit Church, where they still give food to the needy to make up for what the State of São Paulo can’t do.
Finally, this is another fun picture of my roommate Marjorie, my friend Angelica and me outside of a barzinho. We are having a lot of fun so far and I look forward to sharing more pictures in the start.