En Route to Rio

Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog

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Approaching Rio de Janeiro

My main purpose for traveling to Brazil was to attend the International Conference on Luminescence, held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil from August 28 to September 1, 2017. At the meeting I would present a lecture on some recent research work, but would have a little time to see some of the sights as well. The route to get where I was going was not the most efficient: Norfolk -> Atlanta -> Rio de Janeiro -> Recife by airplane, then by car from Recife to Joao Pessoa. This constituted about a full day journey wise (~ 24 hours) from leaving my home in VA, USA to arriving at the hotel in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. There was some waste of time here flying to Rio de Janeiro (past Recife), then once in Rio, flying back to Recife, and I estimated this added about 6-8 hours to the journey, but such is the way of airline flight paths, hubs and ticket price.

View of Rio de Janeiro from airport terminal

To date, I've visited the continents of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. This would be my first visit to South America, making it my 5th continent overall. I expect I will get to Australia one of these days, but not Antarctica as I don't really like cold places. Nevertheless, 5 continents is an achievement I was happy about. I wouldn't say South America has ever been high on my list of places to visit, and though I was familiar a little bit with history and culture there, I had no set expectations and would let the visit unfold as it would without too much planning or preparation.  I had read some things travel related about South America also and it seemed a very fine place with friendly people, good food and rich culture. In that regard I was looking forward to something different. Travel always has a way of changing perspective, and this continet was an open book for me to experience, though I would just be visiting in Brazil on this trip.

View of Rio de Janeiro from airport terminal
Nevertheless, this would be a taste for me of the flavor in South America. Unfortunately, I would not have time to stop in Rio de Janeiro, but caught some glimses of it from the flight into the city and windows of the airport. As it was mainly a business trip, Tong was staying at home while I was away, so I really didn't have extra days (outside the meeting) to see other places, not wishing to leave Tong alone at home any longer than necessary. Well, another time perhaps Tong and I will visit South America together in the future. Peru has held some fascination for me and visiting Machu Pichu as well as the Galapagos and Easter Island could be a trip in the future.

spocklogic says:
I may do that, Paul, and mostly caught up with recent travels. Of course, there are always older blogs that could use more attention. My Japan blog was one of the first I wrote here nearly 10 years ago, but it has lots of room for expansion, which I never got around to. I could write hundreds more reviews in all my travels also if I had the time and were so motivated.
Posted on: Dec 11, 2017
Paulovic says:
That would be a great idea to write your imaginary travel blog about Guatemala. And go there next to compare with your school report from back then.
Posted on: Dec 11, 2017
vicIII says:
Hi, Brian! Congratulations on your featured blog! Well done!
Posted on: Dec 11, 2017
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Approaching Rio de Janeiro
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Ready to go
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In flight magazine - Delta Sky
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Airplane - Norfolk to Atlanta
Wing shot at Norfolk
Wing shot at Norfolk
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Leaving Norfolk
Leaving Norfolk
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Over South America
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Interesting circles down below
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Over Brazil
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Over Brazil
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Zooming some waterways
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Getting close to Rio
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Approaching Rio de Janeiro
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Approaching Rio de Janeiro
Landscape below
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