Back from Brazil

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.

Belem is in northern Brazil just below the Amazon and the equator. It was hot and humid!

Belem is in northern Brazil just below the Amazon and the equator. It was hot and humid!

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.

Belem from my hotel balcony

Belem from my hotel balcony

Enjoying a Brazilian sunrise

Enjoying a Brazilian sunrise

The skyline of Belem from the bay

The skyline of Belem from the bay

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.

These were homes in downtown Belem. They were much nicer than homes elsewhere. And these weren't nice.

These were homes in downtown Belem. They were much nicer than homes elsewhere. And these weren’t nice.

We'd commonly see home improvement waste just thrown on the sidewalk

We’d commonly see home improvement waste just thrown on the sidewalk

Catching up on the news before the bus comes

Catching up on the news before the bus comes

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.

This was everyone who attended the course

This was everyone who attended the course

Juan is from Bogota, Colombia, and attended the course

Juan is from Bogota, Colombia, and attended the course

The group who went on the boat ride

The group who went on the boat ride

Students working in FUSION, the lidar software we use

Students working in FUSION, the lidar software we use

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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.

Brazilian nuts

Brazilian nuts

Some fruit that wasn't very good

Some fruit that wasn’t very good

Sunset

Working docks in Belem

Working docks in Belem

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2 thoughts on “Back from Brazil

  1. I’m glad you had a great trip and that you felt like a lot was accomplished. Thanks for sharing the photos. The students look like a bunch of pretty nice people and they are pretty young. I especially like the city from the bay. Very cool.
    Glad you are back!!!

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