It was a good run - and now it is done...
Sun 6 Jul 2014 - Sun 6 Jul 2014 75 °F
We stayed up late just chatting and taking silly pictures. We knew today would be just about packing up and killing some time until we head out. It is Sunday, so very little will be open either. And I did a good job of sleeping in - nearly to 7am, so about an hour later than usual. It will be nice sleep in a softer bed again.
We decided to get that final nice meal (lunch) before heading out for the airport (we had Brazilian Reals that were eating holes in our pockets). We went to Places Restaurant - we had been there before for a game, but were too full to eat that day (we had tried to go there last night). It really was a good place - Ivan raved that it was probably the best food he had had in Brazil.
We walked through the park one last time to work off some of the lunch - the fountain was off, so that was a different view - and Ivan we just had to photo bomb one more camera crew (I did too while they were filming).
With some creative suitcase packing followed by some creative taxi luggage package we manage to all get into a single cab back to the airport. We are heading out pretty early - we thought we could shop and spent the last of our Reals - but we would later discover that everything is really on the domestic side, not the international gates. We were so early, the gates weren't even open for check-in. We were "exhausted" at the end of this long trip.
It has been a great trip of course. But we are also ready to get home as well - we miss our families and even our "regular" lives. I feel like I've packed on 20+ pounds but there is no scale here, so I'll have to wait until I get back to see for sure. But 3+ weeks of beef, bread, rice and french fries will have to have taken its toll. Brazil was quite different that I had envisioned - which is the beauty of traveling and visiting other cultures - to get your own perspective of a place. The different cities that we visited were also a great sampling of the country as well.
We were once again convinced that the News "Fear mongers" were totally out of whack. In total, we heard of one pick pocketing and saw one fan scuffle with the police - much less than a single NFL game. We were cautious of course, but other people were not - flashing large bags, jewelry and such - without any issues (that we knew of).
We had the best seats that we have ever gotten to World Cup games and saw some great matches. It paid nicely to get tickets early and for certain venues. Naturally, one of the best things about this trip was spending quantity/quality time with our friends that we don't see that often anymore. It was fantastic to experience all of this together.
Who knows what the future holds, but no one is excited about Russia 2018 right now. But something tells me everyone will feel differently - 4 years is a long time away - but of course, the planning would start in just a couple of years - and the savings needs to start right away
Take care - thanks for following us - see you in four years!