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Flying to Colombia: Avianca Business Class Washington to San Salvador to Medellin

This is the second in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. Avianca Flt. 583 Washington-Dulles to San Salvador (IAD-SAL) A319 Business Class, 4h 45m Sch. Dep. 3:15PM ET       Sch. Arr. 7:00PM CT Act. Dep. 3:16PM ET       Act. Arr. 6:36PM… Read more »

Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

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For the past several years, I’ve taken a big trip in the fall and another in February.  Last year, that was New Zealand and South Africa/Namibia; the year before was South Korea/Taiwan and Brazil. But with my change in jobs, I have less vacation days, less holidays, and less money. … Read more »

Rio Mini-Trip Report Part 2, the Sheraton Grande Rio, Sunshine, and AA GIG-MIA-DCA

For my third night in Rio, I switched hotels because my friend was staying at the Sheraton Grande Rio his second night. Prices were a little less than the Caesar Park, so I decided why not. The property is in Leblon, about 10 minutes from Ipanema – a bit west… Read more »

Rio Mini-Trip Report 1: AA Main Cabin Extra DCA-JFK-GIG, a Second Try at the Caesar Park Hotel, & Rain in Rio…Again

I’d already been to Brazil twice since November, with Rio and Iguazu in one trip, and Bahia, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia in another.  But American had a really cheap, sub-$500 fare from DCA to Rio, and a friend was going down for a weekend.  I hadn’t done the Rio nightlife… Read more »

The Journey Home: BSB-MIA in AA Coach, VIP Club Brasilia, a Terrible MIA Centurion Club Experience & MIA-JFK in International Business, and JFK-DCA in Domestic F

American Flt. 214 Brasilia (BSB) to Miami (MIA) Boeing 757, Main Cabin Extra Sched. Dep. 10:55 PM    Actual Dep. 10:41 PM Sched. Arr. 4:52 AM +1  Actual Arr. 4:27 AM +1 AA Flt. 2493  Miami (MIA) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) Boeing 767-300, “First” Sched. Dep. 7:10am        Actual Dep. 7:09am Sched…. Read more »

Orientation to Brasilia and the confusing Melia Brasil 21

As a means of orientation, before I get into specifics, some background on Brasilia. Brasilia was founded in 1960 to serve as the new federal capital of Brazil. It was one of the main projects of late-50s president Juscelino Kubitschek, who was a strong supporter of a new centrally-located capital… Read more »

To Brasilia? Sao Paulo to Brasilia on TAM and the Lounge Situation at Congonhas (CGH)

When I booked my Brazil flight, flights in and out of Brasilia or Sao Paulo were the same price. I’ve always been a bit of an urban planning nerd, as well as a 20th Century art and design nerd, and Brasilia had long fascinated me as a city completely built… Read more »

A Brief Sao Paulo Stay and the Intercontinental Sao Paulo

Due to a series of events, my short time in Sao Paulo provided even less time to experience the city than I had planned – I didn’t explore the nightlife, restaurants, or museums at all really, and only saw a few of the main sights. Part of it was how… Read more »

Leaving Morro de Sao Paulo and Salvador to Sao Paulo on Avianca Brazil

Avianca Brazil Flt. 6259, Salvador (SSA) to Sao Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) A320, Economy Sched. Dep, 6:12PM   Actual Dep. 6:23PM Sched. Arr. 8:50PM Actual Arr. 8:36PM My trip to Morro de Sao Paulo would have made a lot more sense if it weren’t for the problems I had with two different transfer… Read more »