Road to Rio Corre – departure day

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Just over three weeks ago, I got word on Twitter that I’d won a trip (I know right). I really wasn’t expecting that and I’d didn’t quite realize why people were congratulating me until fellow runner, Tanya showed up at the same event I was at and she confirmed that I’d won the Nike #mediaruns challenge and Rio De Janeiro was the destination I’d be heading to (I still get that wtf moment in my head, ha). The Rio Corre 10km is the main reason we were off to the South American nation, but there would be a whole bunch of other touristy things on the cards too.

So fast track three weeks later and I’d find myself lying in my hotel bed at the Sofitel Luxury Hotels, which is a meters away from the very famous Copacabana beaches typing this post. It’s just before 07:00 and it’s already cooking, albeit overcast. Getting here was long, but pretty painless. My dear friend, Kadie dropped me off at the Gautrain station, caught the train from Rosebank to the airport via Sandton and then it was check in time. Destination – Sau Paulo.

South African Airways was the airline of choice that would take us to the South American nation. It remains an airline that I’m not entirely sold by. I’ve haven’t had the best experience in the past, but the crew were really nice this time around and the flight was pleasant. The only down side is that the plane was “old” according to the head air hostess and it was for that reason why we all had to cast our attention to the shared TV screens above the seats. Old school much? Well the movies and he quality of the broadcast weren’t too,so thank goodness for the iPad 🙂

We arrived in Sau Paulo just after 4pm, local time all feeling a little light and tired but still very excited. Our lay over was three overs, so we got somewhat acquainted with the airport and we also got to know each other a little bit too. We’re going to have fun I tell ya.

After the wait we all boarded our Tam flight to Rio De Janeiro, eeeek! The flight wasn’t full and the cabin was really nice too. I’d recommend this airline for sure. The forty minute or so flight was a little bumpy (okay rather actually) but we were all so tired so it didn’t really phase us, haha. We boarded a short coach ride from the north of the city to the south and it was in that trip that we got to see one off the world’s greatest wonders of the modern world, Christ The Redeemer statue, which overlooks the city. That’s when shit got real for me… Excuse my profanities here, but I’m in fucken Rio De Janeiro!!!

More on our trip to follow in the next couple of days 🙂

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Author: Jason Von Berg

Digital content marketer. Mobile App Editor. Entertainment, travel and New York City lover. #Triathlete, #Ironman, health and wellness advocate, @Futurelifeza ambassador

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