Pit Stop #1 - Washington

Trip Start Jul 13, 2006
Trip End Jul 30, 2006

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Friday, July 14, 2006

I was sitting in the middle aisle again, and this time I was joined by two Japaese looking men. The one immediately to my right came in with this huge-ass bag of cashew nuts and just started eating them on the plane. He offered me some and I gladly accepted. This prompted me to try and start a conversation with them. Well, their English was barely existant and so is my Japanese. We did manage to establish that they were indeed Japanese and were returning home, and that I was headed there on vacation.

The flight from Sao Paulo had actually been pretty good. I had slept for some 2 cummulative hours AND got to watch some 4.5 different movies. I got to see "Ice Age 2", "V is for Vendetta", "Seabiscuit" and some other movie about black/white interrelations. They were on a constant loop for the entire fight, so when I finished one...I would go and pick up the next movie wherever it was and went from there. We had the same plane as the flight from Rio and experienced some overhead compartment hi-jinks once more.

At the Washington Airport I got to see an ecclectic collection of people. Hispanics, Brazilians, Japanese, Middle Eastern people...all sorts of different faces. There was this one woman in line that was wearing a bright pink sweatsuit (I think it might've been from the J-Lo collection) and had skin that reminded me of leather left out too long in the sun. It was rather disturbing. I went through the security checkpoint and had to take my running shoes off before going through the metal detector do-hickey. Had never done that before...so it was kinda weird. Found my Japanese flight companions waiting for me at the docking station for our terminal bus. How nice of them!

Found a Starbucks and immdiately made a bee-line for it. Now, don't get me wrong...I'm quite blessed living in Brazil...the country that holds some of the world's most amazing coffee. The thing is...Brazilians don't really believe in iced coffee or iced coffee blended drinks with whipped cream. Heck, they don't even really believe in instant coffee. If it's not brewed, hot and strong...it's not coffee. I hadn't had Starbucks in...well I'd say almost a year! I ordered a most delicious Java Chip frapaccino and savoured it immensely. I also noticed a Wendy's, but the line was much too long and there was no way I would make my flight if I stopped to get food there.

Boarded the 4 hour flight to Los Angeles...
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