Daniela, Rafael & Benico are a lovely family and it was a real pleasure and a privilege to be a small part of it for a couple of days. It reminded me a bit of our hectic lives when Kesy was small. Both of us trying to get everything ready to go to work but having to take the boy to the crèche, whilst trying to be good parents at the same time. Benico like all little boys got upset over little nothings and the parents were already well trained in laughing at them and causing distractions to restore calm. Their helper came in again and made me a nice coffee as I was packed and all ready to go nice and early. I handed my gift over and Benico seemed genuinely delighted – at least for the three minutes I was there. He was just as impressed, to be honest, with the blue balloon that was stuck to the box, however.
|Benico and Rafael and I|
|Coffee at Brasilia airport|
|Flying South from Brasilia to Curitiba|
|Another 1,600 km|
I arrived in Foz do Iguacu where it was surprisingly warm. I had put three layers on, my boots, and thick old trousers in anticipation of it being quite cold but, not a bit of it. Looks like I will be chucking those now too. The airport is the smallest one so far, it felt a bit like doing a Fly in fly out job in WA. The taxi drove me straight to my new place where I was greeted by Fernandino and his lovely wife and their lovely, very clean and comfortable house. I was made a cup of tea and they quickly advised me to go to the falls today, as it might rain tomorrow. I followed their advice but decided to for a helicopter tour. So they all came as Fernandino drove me to the heliport. Amazingly, once I'd paid (R$280) and started waiting, a chap came up to me and complemented me on my Forest shirt. Another couple of Forest fans and a chap from Sheffield. They adopted me as a fourth team member and we shared a 'copter.
I'd only been in a helicopter once before - on the Rye at Wycombe - so I was keen to do this. What a view! The trip only lasted ten minutes but I think it was worth it.
|Approaching the Falls|
Afterwards, Mark, Mike and Raz asked me to join them for a few bevies later on as they were going to have a bit of night out before flying to Salvador the next day.
So, they dropped my off back at the house where I had a nice shower and got changed. Then, I set off to find the Bier Garden bar they'd said they'd be going to. Fernandinho told me it was opposite McDonanalds' so I couldn't miss it, right? Wrong. I took a wrong turn and was heading off into the dark before I realised I must have made a goof up and turned round and found the place just in time.
I had a couple of half bottles of red wine - I'm really over the beer here - and ordered stroganoff, which was again, far too much for even two people. Luckily, Mark fancied it too so shared mine. Mark was quizzing me about SQL Server as he's a web developer who needs to upgrade his database skills. Small world. Mike runs a VAT company in Sheffield and his business is above an Italian restaurant, owned by the other member of their group, Raz. These guy had just come from Argentina and Uruguay and were on their way north to watch the rest of the World Cup in Brazil. Amazing how many Forest fans I've bumped into on this trip.
Anyway, several beers and wines later, I crashed out back at the house to get a nice night's sleep.
Foz do Iguacu