Our Way to BrazilDecember 3, 2011
Wednesday we left home at 4:30 to drive out to LAX to catch our 8am flight, first to Toronto and from there, down to Sao Paolo. It was a long flight but Air Canada was really great. The planes were comfortable (Airbus, not that Boeing shit) and the Maple Leaf Lounge in the Toronto airport was a great place to spend a six hour layover. I had ravioli with pesto sauce, a couple of beers and all the soda I could handle. It helped make the 9 hour flight from there to Sao Paolo not matter so much. I watched two shitty movies (one and a half really), “Green Lantern” (weak story) and “Transformers Dark of the Moon” (awful acting, directing, cinematography, script). I turned this off after 20 minutes cause it was wretched and fell asleep until breakfast.
After we arrived at Sao Paolo we met up with our tour manager Marcelo and waited another 5 hours for our plane to Goiania where our first gig, a big festival, is happening. The plane was nearly empty so we had a lot of room to stretch out and sleep for a couple of hours. TAM airlines rocks too. Goiania reminds me a lot of Hawaii. It’s really tropical and a lot of the buildings are open to the environment (as much as they can be with electric fences. There’s a lot of crime in Brazil I guess. The hotel reminded me of what a russian gulag might be like and we had ourselves moved after one night cause it was just fucked up. So they moved us to another one in the same chain, Serras de Goyas, and it was a lot nicer.
Dinner our first night here was at a place called Aero Caldo and it was a sort of a soup buffet. There were about 16 different pots of soup, some with meat, some vegetable, heart of palm, beans, with lots of stuff to add. we did what most people did and mixed three or four different kinds ( I had shrimp, vegetable and heart of palm mixed together with some pork cracklings, onions, little bread balls and something that nobody could actually tell me what it was) along with some fried cheese balls, fried bacalao appetizers and a caparihno. It was delicious!
At the time of this writing we are just back in the hotel after our show at the festival but it’s 6am and I’m too burnt to relate it all right now. So good night!