Getting Settled in Joao Pessoa

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Praia de Cabo Branco

When I finally arrived in Joao Pessoa I felt I had made the wrong choice of hotels. In the first place, on the taxi ride to the hotel, the driver had passed by the areas that had some life to them in terms of restaurants and shops and as near as I could tell there was not much near the hotel I had chosen. In the second place, as soon as I walked into the hotel, there was a steamy, humid feel to it, even more so than outside. They had some big fans going to move the air around I guess. The room as well did not really meet to my satisfaction. For more info on that, see my review on Nord Class Blue Sunset Cabo Branco for more details on my assessment of the hotel.

Avenida Cabo Branco
Despite the long trip from the USA to Brazil, and being quite tired, I didn’t sleep very well. The constant crashing of waves on the rocks, plus the occasional vehicle whizzing passed with the road close by underneath, and the uncomfortable bed, made for a sleep/wake on-and-off throughout the night.

After breakfast I decided to go for a walk to see just exactly what was within reach of the hotel by foot. I walked for about 10-15 minutes and did not see much in the way of shops or restaurants. The center hub of things seemed to be getting closer, but I decided it was too far from the hotel and may take another 15 minutes to get there, 1/2 hour in total. I resolved on my way back to the hotel that I would endeavor to move to another place, and could not stay here for the 1 week during my meeting to attend in Joao Pessoa.
Easternmost tip of Joao Pessoa
Back at the hotel, I explained that for the logistics of my meeting I needed to be closer to the hub of things here and asked if I could switch hotels. They were nice enough to accommodate my request and transferred my reservation to another hotel. For more info on that, see my review on Hotel Nord Luxxor Cabo Branco Luxxor. I packed as quick as I could, checked out, caught a taxi and was on my way to a new and better place I certainly hoped. They were expecting me when I arrived and all the check in details had been transferred to the hotel already, so I just had to identify myself and got the hotel key card in my hand in short time. Already, just from the lobby area, I could tell this was going to be a much better hotel than the one I had transferred from.
View from my room at Hotel Luxxor
The room was very much to my liking, a corner room on the 3rd floor looking down on the street below and the beach beyond - great views to see and wake up to every day.

After settling into my new hotel, I went out for a walk to see what was in the area. Plenty of shops and restaurants in this area of the city and would do nicely for my stay here during the week. I ordered some lunch at a restaurant/cafe near my hotel, some fish dish with rice that was quite tasty. The reception for my meeting was being held in the evening at the Joao Pessoa Convention Center, so I had time for an afternoon nap before attending that. It indeed was a good choice to move hotels as I was now near the center of things, and the bus to the convention center was just up the street about a 10 minute walk. It was good to see my many of my colleagues/friends during the reception. There was also a short introduction and welcome session for the meeting in the ballroom of the convention center. The lectures would begin the following day and with the bus schedule, it would be early rising each day to catch the bus at 8:10 am to the convention center. Fortunately there would be a bus stopping just near my hotel for pickup. Getting back to the hotel in the evening after the reception, I felt very good about my decision to switch hotels.

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Praia de Cabo Branco
Praia de Cabo Branco
Avenida Cabo Branco
Avenida Cabo Branco
Easternmost tip of Joao Pessoa
Easternmost tip of Joao Pessoa
View from my room at Hotel Luxxor
View from my room at Hotel Luxxor
View from my room at first hotel -…
View from my room at first hotel …
Homely hospital room at Nord Class…
Homely hospital room at Nord Clas…
Beach view near my first hotel - N…
Beach view near my first hotel - …
My first hotel - Nord Class Blue S…
My first hotel - Nord Class Blue …
My second hotel - Hotel Nord Luxxo…
My second hotel - Hotel Nord Luxx…
More cheery room at Hotel Nord Lux…
More cheery room at Hotel Nord Lu…
My balcony with a view
My balcony with a view
Joao Pessoa beach views
Joao Pessoa beach views
Joao Pessoa beach views
Joao Pessoa beach views
Looks a place to have some lunch
Looks a place to have some lunch
Waiting for my lunch - Hotel Luxxo…
Waiting for my lunch - Hotel Luxx…
My lunch - fish dish with rice
My lunch - fish dish with rice
Hotel Nord Tambau - Place to meet …
Hotel Nord Tambau - Place to meet…
Joao Pessoa Convention Center
Joao Pessoa Convention Center
Joao Pessoa Convention Center
Joao Pessoa Convention Center
The place for the conference
The place for the conference
Welcome to ICL
Welcome to ICL
Very big room - looks like an airc…
Very big room - looks like an air…
Meeting Ballroom
Meeting Ballroom
Evening welcome session
Evening welcome session
Luminescence
Luminescence
Welcome to ICL
Welcome to ICL
Andries Meijerink welcoming partic…
Andries Meijerink welcoming parti…
History of Joao Pessoa
History of Joao Pessoa
Guess who?
Guess who?
Guess who?
Guess who?
First ICL in the southern hemisphe…
First ICL in the southern hemisph…
Eu Amo Jampa = I Love Jampa (The n…
Eu Amo Jampa = I Love Jampa (The …
Reception (hungry people)
Reception (hungry people)
Reception Selfie
Reception Selfie
Beach at night
Beach at night
Eu Amo Jampa
Eu Amo Jampa
Nord Luxxor at night
Nord Luxxor at night
Street in front of Nord Luxxor at …
Street in front of Nord Luxxor at…
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