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Insane training (or I hate São Paulo)

I'm a country mouse and the town I'm currently living in is the biggest one of all towns I've lived in so far (about 190.000 inhabitants). That's why I get so stressed every time I need to go to a place like São Paulo.

I landed a new job as an English teacher in a language school and the training was to happen in the main school, which is in São Paulo. So I took the bus at 5 A.M to go to São Paulo and had to put up with the people and the crazy traffic to go to said training. I just can't imagine people living in a place like that. People just exist. Maybe it's just how I've grown up, but I really don't see myself living in a big city. Besides the training (from 8 A.M. till 1 P.M every day) I still needed to prepare classes and teach because I was working during the training too.

So things are not easy if you want to do better and to improve yourself. So I'll just quit complaining and do my job. Very Happy

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I'm glad you feel that way Vanilla, as it is proof you're OK. I remember I used to see it like that too when I moved from a biggish town to a big city. And got completely gobbled up. It's really not worth it in the end. As the more the pay, the greater the cost of living and in the end it's pretty much the same except the person has become completely disassociated from the essence of life. That's when one develops one of those typical city worldly expressions that looks like a mask, like it has been pasted on to hide everything that is real. Think when you start to love São Paulo, that's when you have to start worrying.
deanhills on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:34 pm
How long is this training going to last? Hopefully you can get through it. I don't like big cities either. I live 50 miles from Chicago. Nice place to visit on occasions but would not care to live there even if I could afford it.
standready on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:27 pm
Isn't it amazing that more and more people move into cities ? 2010 was the year when we crossed the 50 % boundary; now more people are living in cities than outside, as we can also read on the WHO "Urban population growth" site:

For the first time ever, the majority of the world's population lives in a city, and this proportion continues to grow. One hundred years ago, 2 out of every 10 people lived in an urban area. By 1990, less than 40% of the global population lived in a city, but as of 2010, more than half of all people live in an urban area. By 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people.

I dislike large cities as well, some of them are interesting places though, but I wouldn't want to live there. I wonder how many people actually live in large cities ( or have to ) but finally hate it. I wonder how much time for instance gets wasted in traffic jams and could be used for more meaningful activities to improve this world, or simply for more fun things to do.
amagard on Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:05 pm
It last only a week but it was more than enough to make me hate São Paulo even more.

Me too, me too... I had a boyfriend who lived in São Paulo and it took him 4 hours every day to come and go to his work. Two hours in a bus in the morning plus two hours in the evening. That's 20 hours a week. Almost a day lost in the traffic.

Feel free to call me out if I say I love São Paulo! No, definitely not my cup of tea. I live in a small town and I work in another town, close to each other. The town I work in surely feels like a big city, as it is more developed. I love my job and I love working and living in nice little towns. I hope this doesn't change. Very Happy
Vanilla on Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:35 pm

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