Finally I am Home Today I arrive back in Friburgo. I got into Rio @ 10am Sunday morning and got out of the Airport @ 12:20 – YES! 2 hours 20 minutes to pick up bags and to go through the NOTHING to declare line in customs – that is a laugh to even divide into declare / no declare. There is not a Brasilian entering the country that will give an honest declaration of taxable items / the customs police should know better. Believe me when I say I WAS SEEING RED! There is no way they will be able to handle the world cup and the Olympics which anticipated an influx of a million visitors.
The last time MTFSO did RED, I was in Houston. I started out with the intent to see if I could find comparable reds in Rio but I believe orange and yellow are more common here. There are red accent walls in restaurants and stores, red signs to catch your eye, to sell you something but the majority of red was Christmas type stuff… and isn’t Christmas next week?
This years tree in the Lagoa did have a RED in its cycle, along with a blue and a gold. (only this one Christmas item will be shown.)
Under fluorescents, which have a blue color the reds turn to pick, but I swear, cross my heart all of these items were RED. Loja Americanas is a Brasilian version - what they think is a version - of Kmart or Target department stores - except the isles are congested with piles of STUFF and there is no way to figure out how to find things. They do have plenty of cosmetics and, can you believe it, glass pie pans. But I’ve never figured out anything else. (don’t tell Camillo, they also have easy to find chocolates!)
There are floors painted RED in the school yard, and Store fronts with RED awnings, intersections painted RED and commuters turning RED trying to get home for the night.
There is even a RED surfboard for the chicest of surfers….. oops what is that….? How did that photo get slipped in here? Has Bagman been in my computer? It looks like there isn’t any red in that photos…. just a special little baby girl being held by a proud GGramma – maybe gramma has redeye from her long trip & arrival back from the states that morning.