Leaving, leaving and leaving. It wasn't the crying kinda of leaving South America, because I knew I will be back soon. We are
flying out from Buenos Aries, then to Sao Paulo, and then to Toronto and back to Vancouver. Total flight time is about 23 hours.
Looking out the window, I felt that if I could have learned more Spanish, it would have been much more fun and interesting. But overall,
I was very happy that I join Gord, Trina, Gevan and Dan for this trip. The thunderstorm at the Buenos Aries Airport when we were leaving
gave me a feeling that maybe the weather will delay us from taking off, begging us to stay at BA longer.
Thunderstorm clouds ....at the BA airport.
Taking off in the Thunderstorm. Click to play video (33 MB file).
Arriving at Sao Paulo airport was another interesting moment. They made us literally walk around the entire airport in a loop before they let
us into the waiting area for connection. And they only open one lane for X-ray everyone. Why? X-ray everybody again, wasn't it that everyone
just got off the plane? And there were a lot of passengers, over 300 people, waiting in line for the redundant X-ray scan again. It was ridiculous but
Anyways, Sao Paulo airport, I think, was one of the worst designed and managed airport. All they planned well was the duty-free shopping, even the
immigration booths were poorly managed. I hope they will rebuild another international airport soon.