River of January (Rio De Janero)
Trip Start Jun 08, 2010
6Trip End Sep 07, 2010
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I got to the Atlanta airport 3 hours early to avoid the hassle of worrying about missing my flight.´ Low and behold the Atlanta airport is more efficient then goo0d ol SFO. I was checked in, and past security within 20 min. of getting to the airport. Despite the fact that this was pretty impressive for an international flight, my since of aw was put on hold by the fact that I had two and a half hours to sit in the terminal and wait for my flight. Fast forward threw a beer and a conversation with my mom, I had arrived at the gate to discover that my flight was delayed for another 2 hours, giving me another 2 hours to kill. Furthermore this Delay would give me a 10 minuet window to make my connecting flight threw Charlotte. I spoke to the airline and they said that I had plenty of time to make my connecting flight. I got a Newsweek, and waited nervously.
My connecting flight was very important, and I was willing to jump threw some serous fire hoops to make it
When I did I had found that while I ran fast but my bags did not. I waited at the carousal until it stopped and then still nada. The airline told me that my bag got left. I was not angry. I had already morned the loss of my bag before my trip. This was under advice of Jedi master Matt on the eve of my departure. ``Look at that bag, just morn it´s loss right now and you will be just fine when it happens.´´ Thank you Matt.
Rio di Janero is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen
We stayed at the Che´ Largado hostel in Impínima. It was a lot of fun but I saw a poster for a tour into a Flavela in Rio. I had no intention to take one of these tours. The favella´s of Rio are a big problem in the city. Rio for the most part is a first world city with all the amities of modern living in most parts (we stayed in a very nice part of town). The favellas are not the case. As we drove past a few on the Freeways we saw dilapidated ghettos with tin roofs and trash littered all over. Those arias reminded me of some of the worst parts of Afghanistan that I had seen. They are ruled by drugloards, not the local police. My longtime friend Gustavo (who came from Sau Palau just to meet with us) told me that the police do not go into those neighborhoods unless they are in heavily armored convoys
Good ol´Gus and Josh
In high school I had a friend who was an exchange student from Sau Pallo Brazil. He was the guitarist in my high school band. His name was Gustavo. He had come to Rio De Janerro to meet up with us. Good thing that he did. Nether Josh or I was able to speak Portuguese so Gus was a big help with us this weekend. Now Gus is a sooth speaker when we were in high school and speaking English. He was a master in his native toung. He was our voice and local driver for the weekend.
Josh is my cousin. I have known him my entire life. He is a very smart guy and keen observer. He is working on a degree in Neural science from UW Milwaukee. Just the type of person who I would want to travel with.
The Night Life
The two nights We spent in Rio we went out
The food was to die for. We went to a Brazilan BBQ on Saturday. Brazil is not a good place for herbivores. Meat is on the menu everywhere. For those who thought that bacon wrapped pulled pork was a decadent meal at fire drums (Pixie), you need to go to a Brazilian BBQ (also known as a Churrascaria). We had some really fine meat. I am talking to perfectly smoked pork ribs, slices of steak that just fall apart in your mouth and taste like liquid silk flowing across your taste buds
Yes folks the toilets here kinda flush in the opposite direction. For the most part it flushes straight down the bowl due to a different design then we have in the northern hemisphere, but if we had the same crappy design for our crape rs, rest assured they wold be flushing clockwise (opposite of what they do up north). To put the corollas effect to scientific experiment I filled a sink with water and let it drain. What do you know all those scientists were right and it drained clockwise. Score one for Canadian creationism.
1) Never grow too attached to your bags while traveling.
2) The laws of Newtonian physics can be broken by airlines.
3) I can get by with a little help from my friends and the little toiletries bag that the airline gives to people who's bags they lost
4) The US does not know what a real Ghetto is.
5) Decadence is on the tong of the beholder.
6) They really do flush the other way down here (sorta).
Next on Capt. Alien´s Southern Fried Adventure
- Eric and Josh venture threw a Brazilian bus station to find that I didn't lose my guidebook.
- Florianoplis; the good the bad, and the drop dead sexy.
- Crash course in Portuguese
- The best dam seafood I have ever had!!!
- US citizans smokeing Cuban Cigars