My quick trip to Campinas and Sao Paulo, Brazil [photos]

Billboard on the drive from Sao Paulo to Campinas.
Billboard on the drive from Sao Paulo to Campinas.
Driving around Campinas.
Driving around Campinas.
Driving around Campinas.
Driving around Campinas.
Driving around Campinas.
Driving around Campinas.
SLR selfie
SLR selfie
Driving around Campinas.
Driving around Campinas.
The rolling hills of Campinas taken from the car.
The rolling hills of Campinas taken from the car.
American corporate hegemony (aka Walmart)
American corporate hegemony (aka Walmart)
Billboard in Campinas (the majority of cars in Brazil are small)
Billboard in Campinas (the majority of cars in Brazil are small)
A pet store in Campinas
A pet store in Campinas
Crossfit in Campinas
Crossfit in Campinas
Street market on Saturday morning in Campinas
Street market on Saturday morning in Campinas
Juice stall in the Saturday open market in Campinas
Juice stall in the Saturday open market in Campinas
This one's in Sao Paulo... Pao de Queijo is to Brazil as Bagels are to New York.  It's basically this puffy bread (Pao) filled with cheese (Queijo). Good stuff.
This one’s in Sao Paulo… Pao de Queijo is to Brazil as Bagels are to New York. It’s basically this puffy bread (Pao) filled with cheese (Queijo). Good stuff.
Local art-- necklaces made from recycled Nespresso capsules.
Local art– necklaces made from recycled Nespresso capsules.
Local art-- necklaces made from recycled Nespresso capsules (I used to consume a lot of these)
Local art– necklaces made from recycled Nespresso capsules (I used to consume a lot of these)
Market off Paulista in Sao Paulo
Market off Paulista in Sao Paulo
Phone booth in Sao Paulo on Paulista
Phone booth in Sao Paulo on Paulista
Lots of people (probably 100 of them) collecting FIFA world cup stickers outside of MASP on Paulista in Sao Paulo.
Lots of people (probably 100 of them) collecting FIFA world cup stickers outside of MASP on Paulista in Sao Paulo.
Someone texting with a friend telling them which world cup stickers cards they had traded and which they were still missing.
Someone texting with a friend telling them which world cup stickers cards they had traded and which they were still missing.
More FIFA sticker counting and collecting and trading.
More FIFA sticker counting and collecting and trading.
More FIFA sticker counting and collecting and trading.
More FIFA sticker counting and collecting and trading.
More FIFA sticker counting and collecting and trading.
More FIFA sticker counting and collecting and trading.
The ubiquitous American coffee shop. Happy to say that I didn't have a single coffee here.
The ubiquitous American coffee shop. Happy to say that I didn’t have a single coffee here.
Radio tower in the shape of the Eiffel Tower on Paulista.
Radio tower in the shape of the Eiffel Tower on Paulista.
Street performer on Paulista
Street performer on Paulista
Drive in and reverse out car wash in Sao Paulo (not a drive through)
Drive in and reverse out car wash in Sao Paulo (not a drive through)
In what must have been a rush to be "green", most trashbags in Sao Paulo aren't black plastic, but plastic with this green leaf print. This amused me.
In what must have been a rush to be “green”, most trashbags in Sao Paulo aren’t black plastic, but plastic with this green leaf print. This amused me.
Garbage man
Garbage man
On one of the streets off of Paulista (an area called Jardim, I think)
On one of the streets off of Paulista (an area called Jardim, I think)
In the window of a bar
In the window of a bar
In the window of a bar
In the window of a bar
Brazilian doll in a toy store (was one of the few non-US toys, like Dora and Boots and Caillou)
Brazilian doll in a toy store (was one of the few non-US toys, like Dora and Boots and Caillou)
Street market
Street market
The US isn't the only place that's lazy about cutting their vegetables (Central Market here in Houston sells similar packages of diced vegetables for us yuppie cooks)
The US isn’t the only place that’s lazy about cutting their vegetables (Central Market here in Houston sells similar packages of diced vegetables for us yuppie cooks)
This woman was very carefully picking her eggs out, I think she had just finished touching every egg on the table.
This woman was very carefully picking her eggs out, I think she had just finished touching every egg on the table.
The sidewalk in front of every driveway in Sao Paulo had one of these flashing light thingies. A pedestrian must have been injured by a car backing out of one of the many driveways around this area of Sao Paulo and this must have been enacted as a requirement. They flash whether a car is coming out or not. Yeah, that means everyone ignores them.
The sidewalk in front of every driveway in Sao Paulo had one of these flashing light thingies. A pedestrian must have been injured by a car backing out of one of the many driveways around this area of Sao Paulo and this must have been enacted as a requirement. They flash whether a car is coming out or not. Yeah, that means everyone ignores them.
Restaurant that's built around a fig tree.
Restaurant that’s built around a fig tree.
Restaurant that's built around a fig tree.
Restaurant that’s built around a fig tree.
Fancy boutique in Sao Paulo
Fancy boutique in Sao Paulo
Little bakery that must have been popular for pao de queijo. Had a line extending outside.
Little bakery that must have been popular for pao de queijo. Had a line extending outside.
Every market had one of these pastel stalls. Pastels are Brazilian fast food.  Basically, a flour pocket filled with something (cheese, meat, etc) and then deep fried.
Every market had one of these pastel stalls. Pastels are Brazilian fast food. Basically, a flour pocket filled with something (cheese, meat, etc) and then deep fried.
Italian restaurant that our hosts took us to.  Food in Brazil was expensive! A single pasta dish was 100 Brazilian real (equal to 50 USD).  The bill for three of us was USD $200.
Italian restaurant that our hosts took us to. Food in Brazil was expensive! A single pasta dish was 100 Brazilian real (equal to 50 USD). The bill for three of us was USD $200.
Great ice cream shop.
Great ice cream shop.
English school?
English school?
Some guys enjoying three wheelers around the tourist part of Sao Paulo (Paulista Street)
Some guys enjoying three wheelers around the tourist part of Sao Paulo (Paulista Street)
Elvis!
Elvis!
One of the many news stands selling FIFA 2014 sticker books and stickers.  I bought a bunch of these as gifts for friends.  And I discovered that the stickers are available here in the States at dollar stores, Walmart and on amazon.com.  My girls have really gotten into collecting these stickers.
One of the many news stands selling FIFA 2014 sticker books and stickers. I bought a bunch of these as gifts for friends. And I discovered that the stickers are available here in the States at dollar stores, Walmart and on amazon.com. My girls have really gotten into collecting these stickers.
Down a street in Sao Paulo.
Down a street in Sao Paulo.
Cool VW van/bus.
Cool VW van/bus.
Nice art against the wall of the subway.
Nice art against the wall of the subway.
One Direction was staying at the hotel next to mine so there were probably 100 girls camped out outside that hotel waiting to get a glimpse and screaming every so often when they thought the boy band was about to make an appearance.
One Direction was staying at the hotel next to mine so there were probably 100 girls camped out outside that hotel waiting to get a glimpse and screaming every so often when they thought the boy band was about to make an appearance.
FIFA mania
FIFA mania
Facebook (not Twitter) in an ad on the subway.
Facebook (not Twitter) in an ad on the subway.
In a less touristy part of Sao Paulo...
In a less touristy part of Sao Paulo…
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
The museum of the Portuguese language, a few art pieces I liked.
Some boys on the piano at the subway + train station.
Some boys on the piano at the subway + train station.
Train station
Train station
City sewage, I think?
City sewage, I think?
Another view of the city
Another view of the city
This was the other neighborhood I visited. On Sunday, it was nearly uninhabited and wasn't as clean as the area that I was staying in.  Lots of trash strewn on the streets and quite a few homeless people sleeping up against the walls.
This was the other neighborhood I visited. On Sunday, it was nearly uninhabited and wasn’t as clean as the area that I was staying in. Lots of trash strewn on the streets and quite a few homeless people sleeping up against the walls.
This was the other neighborhood I visited. On Sunday, it was nearly uninhabited and wasn't as clean as the area that I was staying in.  Lots of trash strewn on the streets and quite a few homeless people sleeping up against the walls.
This was the other neighborhood I visited. On Sunday, it was nearly uninhabited and wasn’t as clean as the area that I was staying in. Lots of trash strewn on the streets and quite a few homeless people sleeping up against the walls.
Recycling in Sao Paulo's subway station.
Recycling in Sao Paulo’s subway station.
Sign on the subway in Sao Paulo.
Sign on the subway in Sao Paulo.