And so it begins...

Trip Start Feb 20, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Brazil  , São Paulo,
Monday, February 21, 2011

After an amazing send-off from Dublin airport on Sunday morning, a
wonderful stop-over in Zurich spending a few quality hours with my
sister, aunt, uncle and cousin, and a 12 hour flight onwards to South
America, I arrived into Sao Paolo early this morning (Monday). It is by
far the biggest city I've ever been in, with 18-20 million people living
here! What struck me most when I arrived was the heat and the amount of
people.. very different to our quiet little home in the countryside.
And there must be a temperature difference of at least 20 degrees!
Tonight I'm staying with the brother of a friend of ours. His family are
all so kind and welcoming.. it's so lovely to be met by such
friendliness and openness.

I've been thinking about this trip for so long now.. first
dreaming, then wondering, researching, planning, hoping, doubting,
having second thoughts, organising, getting excited and nervous, saying
goodbye... and now I'm here. I'm still extremely excited, a little
nervous but mostly happy! It was sad saying goodbye to everyone I love
(I am incredibly lucky to have such amazing friends and family) but I am
so happy to finally be setting off on my south american adventure.
There is so much more I could write but for now I'm going to get some
sleep.. :)
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