Brazil: Day One

26 09 2006

We made it to Brazil. I’m sitting in my hotel in Sao Paulo. The flight was not too painful. Mike taught me in the ways of international travel. Summarized: Stake Claim, Be Rude! We both picked open seating rows of 3 seats and reserved the aisle seat. When we go to our row we sat in the middle and hoped that no one else had taken seats on our row. We were both able to get free rows, so when the plane took off, the armrests came up and we both “stretched” out in 3 seats. Mike obviously had better drugs because he slept almost the whole time. Next time: get an Ambian prescription! Our hour drive to the hotel was alive with traffic and new types of cars. The graffiti here is pretty cool and I tried to get so me good shots but didn’t get any good ones. The craziest things are the motorcyclists. On the 5 lane freeway there were 4 extra lanes (on the lane lines) taken by 50 cc motorbikes and their insane drivers. At least they all had helmets!

The flight was fine from Salt Lake to Dallas Fort Worth. Mike got me upgraded to first class, a first for me. We spent 3 hours being deafened by overly load music, imposed upon by lame airport “news”, and defending the only outlet for 6 city blocks. All in all, a good time. From DFW to Sao Paulo the opportunity to lay down was priceless, but still it was a long flight. 2 meals, 4 drink services, a movie, and way too many episodes of “The King of Queens” (predictable, trite, and absurd even with no sound). I slept for about 5 of the 9 hours, so I can’t complain too much.

In about an hour we’ll head down to the lobby and catch another taxi ride to the airport for our flight to Brasilia. I’m hoping to catch some shots of the graffiti. We’ll see!

Here are some video clips of Sao Paulo that I shot.

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