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Affectionally known as Sampa, the Brazilian city of São Paulo, the biggest metropolis in the country, has South America's largest and most culturally diverse population. Paulistanos, the name given to the city's inhabitants, make up an urban population of over 12 million souls (21+ million if counting Greater Sao Paulo). It's home to the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world — around 50% of which holds full or partial Italian ancestry. Paulistanos are also natives to over 200 countries — including the largest concentration of people of Japanese descent outside of Japan.

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I’ve always had a thing for art deco design. The chiseled and sophisticated geometric styles of building architecture, furniture design and art popularized during the roaring 1920s have a timeless modern flair. Walking into the grandiose lobby and Imperio bar of the Savoy hotel earlier this summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina was like walking back in time to the aftermath of the Belle Époque. Built in 1910, the hotel was renovated in recent years to mark its centenary.

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