Arriving in Brazil. And Brasilia

After the disaster of Sao Paulo, the trip to Brasilia was pretty easy. It was a shortish flight, and while I did not have the luxury of an upgrade, the time went quickly and everything was fine. I got through to the baggage claim, and luckily my bag was there, so all was good.

I grabbed a taxi and headed to the hotel. Brasilia is the capital city, and was designed to be the capital, so no one part of the country would feel favoured. As a result, the city feels very soulless. There's not really much to see, and we spent the whole of two days in the area where the hotel was. 

 The view from my hotel. Yes, it was pretty dull.

The view from my hotel. Yes, it was pretty dull.

 I did drive by the new football stadium for the World Cup. I was surprised to learn that it was brand new - it certainly didn't look it.

I did drive by the new football stadium for the World Cup. I was surprised to learn that it was brand new - it certainly didn't look it.

On the first night, after catching up with Flavio, Paul and Mike we headed out to a Brazilian steakhouse for dinner. As expected, I ate way too much, but it was excellent.

The next day we had our meeting with CENSIPAM, which was very good, and achieved all of our goals for the meeting. We had a bit of a lighter dinner that night, and I was in bed fairly early fighting the time change. 

We headed to the airport in the morning on Thursday, for our flight to Manaus.