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Buenos Aires to Toronto via Sao Paolo

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Flight details: CP101 JDC-10Dep 1745 Arr 2005EZEGRUDep 2135 Arr 0635+1GRUYYZ total5,589 miles

We took off from EZE late in the afternoon. While at the airport, I noticed a lot of Argentinian passengers having their luggage wrapped in plastic - it looked funny to me at first, but much later on I realized that this help minimize scratches and pilferage from their baggage. Never mind it not looking fashionable, but it was practical.

I wandered around the airport after check-in and must say the Argentinians are a lovely people - I have to mention this, the lady selling phone cards looked like a young version of Elizabeth Taylor! The people were generally friendly, although I didn't get to talk to them as much as I am not as fluent in Spanish, and those who struck up a conversation with me would do so in English. Hablo un poco de español :)

The flight to Toronto was on the now defunct Canadian Airlines. It was on a McDonnell Douglas DC-10, which was a relatively old widebody jet at that time. Nevertheless, the food service was good and I was content.

On the approach to Sao Paolo [Sao-Paolo-travel-guide-1345133] (I presume they picked up passengers here for the trip), I gazed for what was more than five minutes the bright lights which were the city lights of São Paulo - São Paulois such a huge city from the air! At the airport terminal (GRU - Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport) the flight attendants of Air Canada were admiring the leather carry-on bag I had bought in Seoul many years earlier. We struck up a conversation, although she did mention that one should be careful in the big city as a fellow crew member had lost something (wallet or bag I think) the day before the flight. Hmmm...I'll keep that in mind when I visit Brazil again (and not just for a stopover) in a few year's time ;-)

Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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