Never in my life I have been more excited to travel to one country than I have been to travel to Brazil. It was, in a way a dream of a life time ! I can honestly say that I felt in love with Brazil, its people, weather, food, traffic, from the moment I touched foot at Sao Paulo airport.
I booked my flight to Sao Paulo about 2 weeks before departure… A bit
last minute but sometimes you have to take opportunities when it comes !
I spent ages looking at all the fares and different airlines and set my
heart on British Airways – with tickets fares, twice the price of the
others, I assumed BA was offering the best service otherwise why
charging that fare !?
Sadly, the first leg of my trip was a disaster, 11h40 of torture !!!
The economy seats were no bigger than in a Ryanair plane (which I don’t
mind for 1 or 2hours) – but how can anybody think it is acceptable to
give such seats for long flights ?!?!?
Thankfully, the return was much better, the crew was adorable and at
everybody’s services. My crew was so attentive, they made us all feel
like in first class; I am now praying for flying again with them. The in
flight entertainment was better too.
Great added benefit, this seat allowed me to charge my Iphone and Ipad during the flight so I arrived in London 100% charged.
I tried to upgrade at Rio de Janeiro airport but was told the flight
was fully booked unfortunately. With not much happening at Rio de
Janeiro international airport, most probably due to the time of my
flight 10.55pm, I decided to be brave and go to the VIP lounge. I asked
if in exchange of a fee, I could stay in, unfortunately, BA gave strict
instruction not to accept any travellers in its lounge (even those like
me who were ready to pay) No need to tell you that I am not impressed
with this experience. Fortunately, Rio de Janeirro offers complimentary
WIFI so time passed a little bit faster.
As you could have seen from my social media update, I landed in Sao
Paulo, flew to Belo Horizonte for 2 days and then off to Rio de Janeiro.
I booked my domestic flights with GOL Linhas Aéreas and I was incredibly surprise by the quality of the plane, the timing and the kindness of the crew.
To go to my appointments, I travelled by taxi or with a chauffeur
booked for the day. I highly recommend you to book a car transfer from
each airport to avoid queuing for hours…no joking!