Postcard: Brazil

On São Paulo's chaotic streets, ambulances often can't get through the traffic to an accident scene. Hence the motorbike medic. Our reporter follows along for a wild ride

Claudio Edinger for TIME

A motorcycle medic that works out of the downtown Praa da S station cruises around the downtown or Centro of Sao Paolo, Brazil on Wednesday, September 18, 2007.

It is rush hour in São Paulo, and I am riding pillion through the frenetic streets of downtown. Up ahead are two motorbike medics on their way to an emergency call. From the way they handle their bikes I can tell they are used to weaving through the nose-to-tail traffic. I, on the other hand, feel as if I am in a deadly video game. This is São Paulo, the biggest metropolis in South America and one of the most chaotic cities on earth. Everywhere we turn, obstacles rush at us. As we approach the city's cathedral, striking postal workers spill...

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