Sunday, 10 March 2013

If you drink, then drive, you're a bloody idiot



If you were on the ciclofaixa today you would've heard of the 21 year old boy who was cycling to work at 5:30am this morning and hit by a drunk driver. The impact ripped the right arm of the cyclist and the driver sped off with the arm attached to the car still, which he then threw into a small stream. How many caipirinhas do you think he had last night to think that this was a good idea??

The new "lei seca" rules implemented in December seem harsh by Western standards but they don't seem to have stopped drink driving here in Sao Paulo. I know that many different parameters need to be put in place for accidents like this not to happen (better public transport, education, harsher penalties - i.e. go to jail no matter how rich you are, bike lanes). I think there's a great business model for a scooter service here so you can be driven home if you have a sip of wine with dinner. Who's up for it?

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    1. Let's talk about it over some wine!

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  2. Hi
    I'm brazilian living in London with my family. We're going to SP In May and it will be my first time stepping in my motherland with my 2 years old son.how exting is that. :-)
    I'm concerning what to do in 1 month with my son in SP as you might know London is the paradise for baby and toddlers group. Searching on net I couldn't find anything. So many thinks to organize, air tickets, what neigborhood to stay, hotel or flat? what to do with my son in SP ai ai ai
    Do you have some advise about toddlers group?
    Love your web
    Cheers
    Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle! I've just updated some information on my page Sao Paulo for Children (in the menu up at the top!).

      I would stay in Itaim / Vila Olimpia close to Parque de Povo so you can walk to the park each morning, stop off at a padaria for breakfast, walk to some great restaurants and also get a babysitter for the evening and go out.

      Check out http://www.airbnb.com/ and http://www.aluguetemporada.com.br/ for apartment / house rentals. Maybe also head to the beach for a long weekend? Rent a car and head up to Juquehy or Paraty?

      Let me know if you need more info! Good luck with your planning!
      Beijos



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    2. Dear Jaime
      I took a note of everything ! I loved the kids tips! I got in touch with them maybe we'll join the BabyGym. I'll decide in the follow weeks about the neighbourhood. I got some options in Jardins but I'll def consider Itaim or Olimpia. I'll check it out! I left Brasil in 97 and returned twice since then.. I get a little lost in knowing where to choose. Family and friends are from ABC. wow Paraty.. We were thinking to rent a car from Rio and follow the costa verde till Sao Paulo. let's see! Maybe we can have a tea with the delicious sophie & theo's cupcakes while my stay in Sampa ah?
      Thank you for the help!
      Beijos
      MIchelle

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    3. Yes definitely! beijos

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  3. Yes there is definitely stuff for you to do here with your 2 year old, maybe not as exciting as London.. I'l post in the next couple of days for you, beijos

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