We left Falsterbo with a mountain of luggage at 1500 on Wednesday. Dad, Kimmie and Arvid where there to see us off. Mom, unfortunately, had to leave for work earlier that morning. It was tear-filled goodbye for Kim and myself. We have been the 50% in Sweden since Steph and Madeleine moved abroad. Now I have seemingly abandoned my baby sister. I will be back Kim!
Checking in at CPH took a while as we had extra luggage, 1 piece extra each, amounting to a total of 9 pieces to check and 4 carry-ons. Flying to Brazil we are allowed 23kg/piece. So two of our suitcases were labeled “HEAVY” as they were 5kg overweight. We also brought the kids carseats which were packaged and checked. For 1 extra piece and 2 overweight suitcases we had to pay 2500kr! Totally insane. Especially since half of our luggage only weighed in at 10kg. I know, I know; it is not so much about average weight as it is about the working environment for the airport personnel. Still, I was a little irritated. That irritation grew to outrage when we boarded the plane and I saw the carry-on people were allowed. The majority had 2-3 pieces and took up a whole overhead bin. So there we were with our little carry-ons all of which would fit under the seat in front of us.
Before boarding we had a celebratory dinner at O’Leary’s. All fried of course. 🙂
Flight to Frankfurt was just a short flight before the long night
haul to Sao Paulo which I estimated to be the challenge of this trip. Turned out to be the easy part. The flight from Europe to Brazil is around 12 hours. Kids slept like logs for 8 of those so the last 4 (2 after take off and 2 before landing) were spent eating and watching movies. The kids experienced paradise; 4 hours of TV-dinner with their own screen. Olivia and James were great little travellers. They were also our golden ticket everywhere. Children get to cut lines everywhere ergo so do we 🙂 This was Peters first time flying with the kids. Last year I took the kids over to New York to visit Peter who was there for 9 weeks with work.
We arrived in Brazil at 0600. Customs was easy and the taxi was waiting for us to take us to Araraquara.
The drive to Araraquara took us through the city of Sao Paulo with its brightly coloured buildings and drab favelas that wrap themselves around and over the hills. Once out of the city the scenery changed to vast fields of sugar cane and rusty-red earth. In the distance the mountains were shrouded in a haze.
Upon arrival we checked in to the Hotel Morada do Sol, the biggest hotel in Araraquara and immediately changed into our swimsuits and took a swim in the pool as promised to the kids.
Had dinner at AGUA DOCE, a great place with Brazilian cuisine, fabulous caipirinhas and live music. Walked home and fell asleep in our new hometown.
After months of prep we have finally arrived.