I returned home yesterday (Saturday) from a week-long trip to Brazil. I’d never been to South America so it was a new experience for me. I flew from SLC to Atlanta, then Brasilia, then Maraba, then Belem. Holy exhausted was I. They’re only 4 hours ahead of us but I was sure tired after that day of traveling.
The class had 15 Brazilians, one Ecuadorian, and one Colombian. Overall, the course went very well — much better than expected given the fact that the subject matter expert (not me) didn’t travel! We had a fun time and I enjoyed my association with the students. Here are a few pictures from my week.
The city of Belem has 2 million residents and a ton of high rise buildings. It was amazing to see these high rises under construction but no large cranes like we see in the States. Just a bunch of pulleys.
We stayed in a hotel in the downtown portion of the city. However, we had a 45 minute drive each morning to the office where we met. The variety of conditions was interesting. This certainly wasn’t Fruit Heights.
The students were great and represented a number of government offices (from 3 countries), including the Brazilian Forestry Service in the capitol city of Brasilia. Each was genuinely grateful for the training.
We didn’t really have much time to do a lot of sightseeing (we ended each day at 6pm and then had a 45 minute drive back to the hotel). These few pictures are from an evening boat ride we did in the bay as well as some time I spent in a local market.