A few random thoughts after about half of my 24 day trip in Southwestern South America:
- Finally, it's not just in Brazil that everyone insists on standing pretty much TOUCHING the luggage carousel. I think that I might have to make an instructional video on how to behave at the luggage carousel and sell it to airports here. It will start with obvious things like don't climb on it and finish with what you'd think would be obvious things like if everyone stands 2 feet away from it and simply steps forward to pick up a piece of their luggage when it is actually coming down the carousel, it would make a lot more sense and be a lot more courteous... until then I loudly yell com licensa and then brute in between the people and yank out my luggage...
- It seems to me that in Rio we really have the short end of the stick when it comes to grocery shopping. It was shocking to me that PERU has FAR SUPERIOR grocery stores to Rio. Not at all what I expected.
- Traveling with Canadoca ROCKS. Not only do we have constant entertainment, but people are so much nicer to us, especially the airlines. We get put in special lineups everywhere - wonderful service.
- I have yet to be on any flight in South America where I haven't been fed. Even if it's just cookies. It's a good thing.
- The variety of consumer products and vehicles available in different countries in South America is really something... what dictates this exactly? Relationships with other countries? Import taxes?
- The more cities I see in South America, the more wild I think Rio is...