Going the Distance

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…):

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4 Responses to Going the Distance

  1. Ray Adkins says:

    Yes, walking is definitely the way to go for your route, and you can always take a 2 dollar cab ride back home if it rains… 😉
    It is worth to say that this is a very peculiar area that you have to cross.
    Avenida 9 de Julho is like a river ( of Buses ), it is also a main artery connecting the Southern neighborhoods in the city with downtown.
    It is an express bus corridor, they made it harder for cross traffic to benefit the flow of traffic running to and from downtown and the darn motorcycles that should have their own lanes pretty soon, the city is already testing a system to make the bikes ride in their own lane and make them illegal everywhere else.

    • That is going to be sooo interesting, and probably an absolute waste of time, to add a motor bike lane. As you are, I’m certain, well aware, the motor bike don’t obey any of the traffic laws as it is. Why on earth would anyone think they would stay in a lane because it was illegal not to.

  2. Rachel says:

    Good job getting out there! And you can drive! It took me years but once I did it I felt like I was inside a video game. Endless blog posts there lol

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