Saturday, September 17th – Sacramento – San Francisco
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Journey has started today. At first this was a short trip, only 90 miles to arrive in San Francisco, “The City By The Bay”. Who never had the chance to listen to “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”, by the unmistakable voice of Tony Bennett?
I’m used to say that visiting San Fran causes the same positive impact as you may once have, when you first visit the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. Both cities inherited natural views and spots that no other metropolis in the world has to offer to its visitants. A unique geography indeed, just wonderful… However, there’s a “slight difference” – San Francisco hills and its breathtaking views are urbanized by beautiful and well-planned homes, sometimes with the latest automobiles located at its garage, while in Rio, we unfortunately still see “favelas” (slums), reflecting Brazil’s major scar – the poor income distribution and social disparity. I’m aware and so joyful, that as a Brazilian citizen I’m already seeing some improvements on these terms, but in my opinion, we’ll only get to see this new “cake being evenly shared” after at least a few generations in the future to come. In the meantime, we have something that no economical disparity can take from: both cities are just breathtaking to our sight!
On the following day I takeoff from San Fran heading to Los Angeles, 380 miles through the freeway or 450 miles driving along the beautiful California shore, on Pacific Coast Highway, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world. Just to give you an idea, there’s one spot on the road where you can see the mouth of a river as a waterfall, right on the beach. Unforgettable… Name of the place? Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. If you once come to visit California, don’t forget to stop by this place, I guarantee you won’t regret.
From LA, or more precisely, from Santa Monica’s Pier, the end of Route 66, I’ll finally begin this journey, so more to come on Route 66 on future articles. Here are some observations that I’m sharing below, perhaps not so new to many of you:
- Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US, with “only” 3.8 million inhabitants, while Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have 8.3 and 6.3 million respectively, not even the metropolitan area, which would rise the numbers even more. If we superficially analyze the fact that America has 312 million inhabitants versus 192 million in Brazil, we can at least infer that Brazil’s second “major” city – Rio de Janeiro has a much larger density rate that if compared to LA, once again, the consequence of the poor income distribution in the country of Soccer.
- If the state of California were a country, it would today be the eighth or ninth economy in the world, which is amazing, although it has been already the sixth over the past, but this position has been dropping, due to America’s current economical situation nowadays. Is the recession already starting to hit?