As I plotted the path to my Portuguese class this morning (yes, it is really happening) on Google Maps, my suspicions regarding the absurdity of Sao Paulo’s street system was confirmed.
Of course, when you live in a city with any amount of traffic, there are going to be times when you feel that it is faster to walk somewhere than to enlist other options. Most often, it is not really. But in Sao Paulo, it could be. And it’s not just the traffic. The intricacies of one-way streets also contribute to the ludicrous nature of inter-city travel.
According to Google Maps, this is the path I should take if I walk to the language school:
And this would be the fastest route if I drive (ok, that will never happen, if someone drove me…):