Let me give you a little more insight into these pictures. I’ve highlighted some features that I find interesting and that you might not necessarily notice if you haven’t been here for a while, or aren’t gifted with observation skills superior to my own (you probably are!).
Starting with the arrows:
The blue arrow, in the upper left hand corner, is pointing to a waste receptacle with coloration that is repeated throughout the city. Even in my building, the four compartments for paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. I won’t tell you what colors correspond to which recyclable material because, as I said before, I ‘m not that observant.
The red arrow is pointing to a one of the men who sweeps trash from the street. I am not sure of the formal job name, either in English or in Portuguese. Leaves and cigarette butts accumulate in all the city’s crevices and sidewalk drainage canalinhos, which are crucial to providing drainage in this precipatitive city. Of course, it hasn’t rained with any great frequency since I’ve got here, which is unseasonable weather. The most effective sweeper I’ve seen used a broom fashioned from palm fronds to sweep up cigarette butts from the cracks between bricks near PUC.
The yellow (or green?) arrow is pointing to banana trees. They grow here, and banana bunches dangle off of them. In Ubatuba, the lady who owned the bed and breakfast we stayed at grew her own bananas outside her house. I suspect that here in the centro, which has a high population of homeless, the bananas are either quickly eaten or removed by the authorities.
The man I’ve circled on the left hand side of the picture is wearing a Corinthianos shirt. The Corinthians soccer team is the most popular team in São Paulo, and their fans are notoriously dedicated and rowdy. Books could be written about soccer in Brazil (and they have been), and volumes more could be stuffed with anecdotes, studies, and stories about the Corinthianos and their fans. I just wanted to highlight that even in this semi-random photo, the team is representin’.