Hours in the top hat

Trip Start Feb 15, 2007
Trip End Jul 17, 2007

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Finally arrived, after a flight with a lot of reasons to be cheap. Exceedingly long, with three stops in São Paulo, Recife and Madrid (?!) before coming to Lisboa, terrible food (first time I actually got bad food in a plane), seats that go from a 90 to an amazingly uncomfortable 80 degree position, defective lights, absolutely nothing to kill time (no music, movies or whatever else available) and a heavy vibration noise coming from something that clearly shouldn't be vibrating. Not that I would have paid 20% more for a better flight or that I wasn't suspicious of quite a few unaccounted for hours of flight, but shouldn't people be warned at least about the stops? Anyway, after Recife the flight was empty, meaning I got three seats in a row where I could lie down and sleep, no complaints at all. :)
I'm having a little trouble adjusting to the accent and weird words people use here, and it was particularly difficult to talk through the phone, but I will manage it. Got an en passant view of Lisboa on my way from the airport to the train station, looks promising. I love the large avenues lined with leafless trees, especially under a bright cold sky. I would take some more time to explore the city, but couldn't find a place to store my backpack, plus black clouds suddenly decided to gather, so I just took the first available train, I mean, convoy to Coimbra, my first real stop in Portugal.
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rmusse on

Did you fly BRA?
he he he heard that story before, except for the part when the food was bad. As a matter of fact, if that´s the company you´re talking about, I heard it was my friend´s best plane food ever. Well, I doubted when I first heard that because no plane food can be good anyway! :) I´m really happy you made it safe there, and hopefully, you´ll keep us posted here! I hope I´ll be seeing you sometime soon in Europe. Best of luck!

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