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Travel days and Settling in

sunny 28 °C

I will apologize right away for the lack of photos in our second blog. The chaos of packing and getting out of New York I think took priority and it will take us a few days to get into travel mode. But it has been a few days in Brazil now so I thought I would at least catch you up on our adventures.

The trip to the airport was rushed as always and to get to JFK at the same time as all of Manhattan is going home from work is insane. Our luggage situation this trip is a bit different as we both have the extra baggage that comes with all of our kitesurfing gear. It is the size of a golf bag on wheels and somehow weigh a ton, I'm not sure what Natalie has managed to pack but I think it is more than a kite and a board!! We flew American Airlines which is our least favourite airline, but luckily the checkin guy was new to the job and not only didn't charge us extra baggage, but upgraded our seats for next to nothing. With more room in our seats and a 10pm take off time the flight went reasonably quick and painlessly although Nat was sure that the food they serve in prison is far superior to what AA puts on their planes.

A second flight from Rio to Fortaleza took up most of the mid day on Wednesday, but luckily our bags all arrived and a guy was standing at the arrival lounge with a sign with our names on it so we had no troubles here either. The drive for Fortaleza started off as quite an adventure, we were lucky to have Peter as our guide, I'm not sure we would have found our way out of town without him. Road signs do not exist and neither does urban planning as the roads wind together like a bowl of spaghetti covered with pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes, cars, and big trucks all on one road that is at times an alley and the next minute a 4 lane speedway. We did see a number of accidents, but no one slows down to take the least bit of notice so traffic kept moving. The stop at the gas station was a bit of a novelty as all the gas attendants are female (Peter told us it was to encourage male drivers to stop) and they also serve free coffee. The coffee can be described as a super sweet espresso served in a small medicine style paper cup, the rocket fuel explains a little more about the way traffic works.

The drive was roughly three hours to our pousada on the edge of the town Itarema in the village of Ilha do Guarija. To come here for any other reason than to kite surf is completely pointless, but the conditions for what we want to do are epic. The wind is non stop, the water is flat and we are surrounded in sand. Just a few guesthouses and little shack style restaurants, but the simplicity is great. Natalie has done four hours of refresher lessons and managed to ride out and back once today. I've managed to have some great sessions to test out long unused muscles and discover the few obstacles in the area...just a few cuts and scrapes, nothing serious.

We will get some photos tomorrow, just wanted to let everyone know that we arrived and everything is going well.

Posted by colincampbell 16:11 Archived in Brazil

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gee, the roads sound a little like st maarten !

by tom & kitty

If you have a chance, la Pirate in Fortaleza is the happiest place to be in the world on any Monday night...lambada non stop amazing to watch and fabulous to join in with the 300/400 locals al doing the lambada....it's amazing...Hope it's still going...We loved Fortaleza our first mainland port after crossing the Atlantic...have Hun and congrats to you both again!!!

by Muriel Smith

Sounds like a great start so far!! Cant wait to see the pictures.

by Stephanie van de Riet

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