Last week I left home after having around 7 different 'farewell parties' and flew straight to São Paulo , Brazil.
Like usual , it was a short hop within South America ( around 2 and a half hours ) and then me and two ex-colleagues from work back when I was an Industrial designer went to a little city called Piracicaba.
It was really nice because first of all ,it was incredibly hot and second, the host family there was amazing.
Starting with the huge lunch they had prepared for us upon our arrival including lasagna, barbeque and chicken ALL AT ONCE!
Then it was time for some sightseeing around the city where the main venue is the powerful Piracicaba river which at this time of the year is full of water and sometimes even flooding the adjacent streets ( yes, we also saw that).
These towns outside Sao Paulo grew with the sugar cane and cotton industry so you have plenty of old "fazendas" ( farms ) and a lot of history too.
More food for dinner under a hot and heavy summer rain and then went out to a 'barzinho' which is, of course like a bar when people sit to drink and talk , NOT TO DANCE.
The next morning I woke up a little sick, so really couldn't eat that much and we left town early.
The rest of the time in Sao Paulo was really enjoyable , I met a lot of old friends and colleagues and exercised a lot too!.
Had to hand some documents and do some paperwork at college,which in fact was the main purpose of the stop in Brazil.
Yesterday I prepared myself for another long trip across the pond so I left Sao Paulo at midday on a skinny TAM Airlines A320 bound to Rio de Janeiro where I had to wait for four hours to catch my connecting flight with Air France to Paris and Dublin.
And yes! I finally managed to travel on a classic Boeing 747-400 in a 11-hour flight to Paris.
Plane was quite old and there was no IFE but I was tired enough to not even bother about it. In addition, the seat next to me was empty , so I had more room to enjoy myself.
On the aisle seat ( as I had the window seat and there was nobody in the middle ) sat a guy with this thick accent...it was actually the first time I've ever met anyone from Azerbaijan!.
We had a one-hour delay because of a passenger that started to feel sick when we were on pushback , so we had to go back to the terminal and have her removed from the plane along with her baggage.
Arrived into Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 at early morning with a lot of rain and a freezing temperature of 2 degrees. Had to take the connection bus to another terminal where I finally embarked on a little Bae-146 straight to Dublin.
Weather in Dublin was pretty nice when I arrived, it was freezing yet very sunny but as long as I got home it got cloudy again and right now it's quite dark.
Anyway , just a small update about what's going on here...
Au revoir ! Merci! Air France! Parreeeee!