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To celebrate peace, culture, friendship, etc….
That tune…

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Rio to Host 2016 Olympics


I’ve visited Rio de Janeiro a couple of times, first in 1994, and again in 2008 (I have family there – and thanks to Facebook and other social media, we’re now able to keep in touch!). As I was aiming to visit again in less time than 14 years, what about 7 years… just in time for the Olympics (always wanted to see the Olympics – maybe I’ll have enough money to pay for a ticket by then!).

I only hope that Brazil can truly afford to host the Olympics – it appears to have been problematic (financially) for recent countries hosting it (including London) … and in Brazil it’s a well-quoted “fact” that 95% of the wealth is owned by 5% of the people… and of course vice versa. Brazil has enough poverty problems without this adding another layer, so I really hope that this boosts Brazil’s economy (and it is encouraging that the Real introduced as currency in 1994, was still going in 2008, and not looking close to collapse!)

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My first plane trip, from Heathrow, London to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Air France, what a great airline…

I was excited all the way up until getting on the plane… I'd been planning the trip for nearly a year, as part of my "Gap Year" – I'd never flown before, and as it was Air France, it stopped in Paris, so my Mum came with me for that bit. The short flight was fine – hadn't seen enough stuff on TV etc to be too worried about crashing, etc., so it was just another new experience (yes, I like those) to savour… First landing was fine too!

Said goodbye to my Mum, I think finally realising that I was going to a strange country for 5 months and didn't really know what was going to happen! If I was on the same flight now (the long one), I'd probably kick up a whole lot more. The films didn't seem to work – so we watched that little plane move across the screen veeeeeeeeeeery slowly, and when the meals came round, looked like someone had been sick in it… but that actually did all tie in with what people had said about airline food! We flew into Rio for refuelling and to get rid of some passengers, at which point someone drove into one of the propellors/engines – but gave me a chance to talk to a Brazilian couple who tried to teach me some Portuguese and then invited me to stay in the Pantanal – which I did about 4 months later…

Be open to those new experiences!