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Jakarta Post

A Melting Pot in the southern hemisphere

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, April 17 2011   /  08:00 am

Singapore Airlines launched a new route connecting Asia and Latin America – Singapore-São Paulo via Barcelona — on March 28. Brazil’s booming economy has become an attraction for Asian as well as European countries. Singapore Airlines, in cooperation with ground partner Accor management, hosted a group of Southeast Asian and Spanish journalists, including The Jakarta Post’s Primastuti Handayani, to offer them a glimpse of Brazil’s major cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Below is her report.

Touching down at Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo– the largest city in the southern hemisphere – I immediately sensed the modernity of the metropolis.

It is not easy to describe São Paulo as it is rich in culture and architecture, hyped as the latest fashion and gastronomic capital, and is the financial center of Brazil.

It is very easy to spot...