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Like a cross between a rock garden and a life-size terrarium. It was rainy and overcast much of the time we were there, but these very common indoor gardens kept us from feeling cooped up, ever.

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We saw some version of this kind of indoor garden all over Sao Paulo, usually situated in a nook at the side of a room, and underneath a skylight or open air shaft.

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We're thinking about how we can mimic the effect, and the best we've come up with so far is to crack a window and line up a few plants and pebbles in front of it.

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