Wednesday – November 19, 2008 –
After missing Christmas last year to travel to South America for the first time, this year Jeff and I decided to travel back to South America, but this time during Thanksgiving. This trip we had to have visas for the first time since we decided to make our first trip to Brazil. Mom was nice enough to pick up our five-year visas last month at the Brazilian consulate in Atlanta.
Upon leaving work early in the afternoon, Mom and Dad drove me from Birmingham to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. I met up with my brother Jeff in the terminal, where we checked in and went through security. We ate dinner at Chili’s before boarding a Delta 767-200 for Rio de Janeiro. Our flight left at 8:40 p.m. and we were lucky to have bulkhead seats since Jeff was a Medallion Club member. Nice job, Jeff!
I absolutely love South America. I have never been to Brazil, but it’s always been high on my list. I had visions of the Amazon, samba, Carnival, Corcovado, Copacabana Beach and beautiful Brazil women floating in my mind. Perhaps my mind would float even more with a few caipirinhas once I arrived in Rio de Janeiro!
The flight from the U.S. to South America is always beautiful. We flew down the Florida Space Coast and then Miami before heading across the Gulf and Puerto Rico. After watching a movie, I fell asleep somewhere over Suriname as we cruised high above the continent.