After getting our Visas and running final errands, Michael and I arrived at SFO…4 hours early. On purpose. You have to understand that after being delayed time after time, when it seemed within reach, all we wanted to do was get to the airport, get checked in, and go.
We flew through Miami into Sao Paulo. The first flight was 5 hours and the second was 8. It’s all kind of a blur of sleeping, movies, not really sleeping, eating… but all that mattered to us is that we made it, safe and sound. We landed on Wednesday at around 8pm, went through customs, no problem, and then braved the madness of getting our 5 checked bags.
Thankfully all of them made it and we were promptly met by our driver, Alsindo, who took us to our new pad. We are staying in a “residence” which is basically a furnished apartment that functions like an extended stay hotel. (Note – this is a different place than I previously posted so check it out!) It’s pretty compact, but perfect for us right now. When we arrived they had a nice little welcome basket waiting for us that contained: a bottle of pinot, a box of milk (no need to refrigerate this 3.5% box of leite), a huge bar of chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, instant coffee, and a box of tea. ha.
We tried to get mostly unpacked and settled in, then headed out to a neighborhood lanchonete (pronounced lan-cho-neh-chee) to pick up some bottles of water. Lanchonetes are these awesome little neighborhood restaurants that are everywhere. They are usually partially exposed to the outdoors and serve basic meals (sandwiches, salads, beer, chicken, rice, beans, etc.). Anyway, after that it was around midnight so, we turned on a little Big Bang Theory (yes, it’s always on here too) and then crashed.
This morning we woke up and couldn’t believe that we were here. We spent the day walking around our neighborhood and doing our first grocery store run.
It is hot but gorgeous outside. The streets are buzzing, full of people running around. And Michael and I could not be happier to be here. We are on cloud 9. 🙂