I have been thinking it’s about time to add number 12 to the list of the Top ten best things about living in Sao Paulo.
Number 12 is SESC, a network of leisure and cultural centres funded by the private sector. Think of council leisure centres and arts centres rolled into one and funded by private companies because the Brazilian councils don’t have the funding. Could be glimpse of the future of British leisure and arts if the current funding strategies continue.
In actual fact, the Brazilian SESCs are very good. They provide an extensive programme of sports, art, music, theatre and other recreation at a very low price (often free) to members and non-members alike.
After two and a half years of not getting around to signing up for my membership card, then getting a card but letting it expire before I took my dermatological inspection, then renewing the card and, after a couple of attempts, finally getting my feet and armpits checked, I was now eligible to use the free swimming pool.
The consequence was that I went swimming three times this weekend and I feel much better for it. I now intend to be a regular visitor to SESC, taking advantage not only of the free swimming pool and the low prices restaurant serving delicious food and a rather nice Merlot, but also of the varied theatre programme and the free WiFi.
Yes, it has distracted me from writing for a few days but I hope that in the future their relaxing communal areas will provide the ideal location for stimulating my muse as well as the solution to blog #5 Try to get fit.