Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Breezing Through Brazil--Departure and Arrival

Sunday, June 7, 2015: Off to Brazil
Departure for and Arrival In Brazil:

 By 5.00 pm, we had piled into our car and began the drive to Kennedy airport from Manhattan—with a very tired and sleepy lot of passengers in the back. It was really hard to say goodbye to my family members from India (especially as we had such a splendid week together), but by 6. 30, I found myself in great time to check in, go through Security and take my place at the Boarding Gate of a flight on TAM Airlines, the national air carrier of Brazil. The flight departed promptly at 8. 30 pm—the red eye is a great way to catch some zzzs but not before I enjoyed The Second Best Exotic Mariegold Hotel on the in-flight entertainment service. Sleep did come eventually after dinner was served and at 7. 30 am, the next morning, I found myself at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao airport. Alas, I did not have a window seat so could not look for the telltale sightings that orient me to a city while still airborne (but I would have a few opportunities to get bird’s-eye views of this appealing city as the week progressed).
Until tomorrow, ciao!

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