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Sao Paulo: Big city life in Brazil

Aine O'Connor ranges from favelas to Ferrari stores in São Paulo, South America's biggest city

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Sao Paulo - South America's biggest city

Sao Paulo - South America's biggest city

Aine takes in the sights of Beco de Batman, a warren full of lanes brought to life by artists

Aine takes in the sights of Beco de Batman, a warren full of lanes brought to life by artists

The Mercado Municipal on the Rua Cantareira

The Mercado Municipal on the Rua Cantareira

Beco de Batman

Beco de Batman

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Sao Paulo - South America's biggest city

As night falls over Sao Paulo, my Brazilian companion laments her government's recent decision to abolish daylight savings time.

Because the clock no longer goes forwards or backwards in Brazil, darkness falls on this December evening around seven and she feels robbed of a southern hemisphere summer evening hour. What strikes me however, is that as the lights go on around the city, its extraordinary vastness becomes even more apparent.

We're standing looking over South America's biggest city from the Bar Obelisco on the rooftop of the Museu de Arte Contemporanea da Universidade. Situated in the city's famous Ibirapuera Park, we're somewhere in the middle - and no matter what direction we look, the city does not end. There are mountains in the distance but for miles and miles around there are just buildings.