It is about two years now, and I think I can say that I have seen what is this city about.
I have been raised in a small town, south from Brasil, a town called Blumenau, in the state of Santa Catarina, this town is very small in comparison to São Paulo, but pretty big compared to other colonial cities. Blumenau is a slow pace town, that basically lives out of commerce since they do not manufacturate much there one or other heavy machinery and some clothes. Or rather Brazil the whole do not manufactures anything, the farthest I can say is that we assemble pieces other fabricate, well this isn´t much of a honorable thing, but this is how this country works. export primary stuff such as corn, soy, fish, sugar and metals and import chinese crap, like nike shoes, car pieces and computer parts.
Back to São Paulo, the life here is very different from Blumenau, here the salary is very low, demand is very high, and only management jobs do pay something, for that matter people here work like slaves and live a very stressed life, plus the city is a mess trafficwise, in Blumenau stores usually open around 7 to 8am while here in Sao Paulo stores usually open from 9 to 10 am why? Simple because everything is too far away and public transportation is a failure, one takes about 3 hours to get to the workplace it is a chaos. And people here are very much more consumist, nowhere Ive seen so many nomad stores, a nomad store is someone who doesnt pay taxes to the government, it is like a popcorn stand in a circus, but they infestes everywhere in the city, usually near crowded areas such as metros. They sell all sort of stuff, usually stolen stuff, from socks to cell phones and french fries they run off when the police arrives kicking and shooting them, but then São Paulo is a very commercial city, with lots of banks and offices.
Other parts of the country aint that populous, they have their cities, much like blumenau, they have theirs own life a different life, better life, all but Rio de Janeiro, who lives off drugs and prostitution. The bad part of all is that one rarely see anything Made in Brazil, specially electronics, when there is some it´s a lie, it was only assembled here, and badly I must say with bad cheap parts and bad solding. But then how does Brazil can be put into the list of evolving countries?
I bet it shouldnt.