Our flight path out of Nova Iorque took
over the Atlantic, toward Bermuda, then south over the lesser antilles.
Overall flight time was 8:30, so we made Bermuda in 1:15.
Yes, they do speak Portuguese.
Headed for San Juan?
I slept for a while and woke up over the Amazon. Unfortunately it was
overcast and the sun shone right in my window so I didn't get any real
pictures of that.
We headed right for Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.
You can see the overall route we took here. I believe we flew
over Guyana before entering Brazil.
This is some of the better pictures of the rainforest areas approaching
Brasilia - there are some lakes and straight lines which I think are
indicative of irrigation ditches for farming.
This was a relatively major city/town northwest of Brasilia.
There were quite a few fires burning in some of the woods - clearing
land for farming, perhaps?
Here are some shots of Brasilia. Look for the very tall apartment
buildings & skyscrapers.
As we turned south, you could see pivot farming practices in use.
I just thought this was a cool shot, with the cloud front delineation.
I know this is blurry, but as we got close to Sao Paolo the flight
tracking application crashed and displayed debugging code on screen.
Things started to get a lot more inhabited near Sao Paolo
Here's the city, there are some 20 million people in the area.
On final to Guarulhos airport, runway 9L.
After landing, we cleared customs without too much trouble. We had
heard they fingerprinted US entrants but we did not experience
this. My traveling partner found that his luggage went to London
instead, so we were not free of problems. Here's the main
building at GRU:
On the road north we passed many US and European industral
concerns. Here's one. There's an animal laboratory next door. We
presume it is easier to do testing here than in the US.
In the city there are many very tall apartment buildings. Here's a few:
I liked this picture because it shows 3 things that Brazilians seem to
really like: Soccer (stadium), Jesus, and Churrascaria (barbecue).
An overpass over a river with more apartment complexes in the
Many of the commercial hauling trucks had these tubes attached to their
wheels. We asked the driver and he said it's part of a system to
regulate tire pressure, to allow increasing and decreasing as necessary.
An amusement park.
A way tall antenna and microwave relay tower.
A favela, which is a set of squatters buildings inhabited by the poorer
The roads are very well maintained, as you can see this is a 4-lane
highway each way. Many American car manufacturers are
represented, along with VW, Audi, Nissan, Fiat. Also saw a truck
hauling a Ferrari 355.
Almost to the hotel...
Some farms outside of town.
At the hotel/resort it's very nice, the weather is beautiful, though it
was somewhat cloudy on Saturday.
The electricity is 220 I think, and the outlets handle the US and Euro
plugs just fine without an adapter:
Since CJ lost his luggage we went to the mall, and I got the price of
gas for you guys, way expensive:
We ate here, well at the "express" version in the food court, while we
waited for his clothes to be tailored.
The food court had a guy playing nice piano music. It all looked
and smelled great.
The name of the mall is on the red sign, pronounced ee-gua-te-me.
I should have taken a picture before
ate, but we were hungry. It was 2 filet mignon medallions which had
been wrapped in bacon before broiling, excellent white rice, fried
polenta, salad, a pepsi, and a pureed fruit dipping sauce. CJ had
another kind of steak and had beans which he said were
outstanding. Each of these was about $10 (R$18).
We walked around the mall which had very high prices in the clothing
stores. We didn't eat here, but I thought the idea of a mobile
fondue kiosk was cool.
That was it. We took a taxi back to the hotel and had no ill effects,
either from the travel, security, or the food. You can
drink the water. So far,
happy times in Brazil. See you tomorrow.