Archive for August, 2007

Third letter from Brazil

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

August 13, 2007 We flew out of Congonhas on TAM (the airline whose A320 bounced off this airport runway last month), but the plane looked clean and well-maintained to me, the crew had two more members than U.S. airlines use on aircraft this size and they served a good ham-and-cheese empanada with a can of […]

Second letter from Brazil

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

August 8, 2007 Brazil was under Portuguese rule a couple of hundred years longer than the U.S. was a British colony. Most of South America was ruled by Spain or Portugal from the 1500’s to the middle of the nineteenth century; most of the southern hemisphere countries didn’t gain independence until a hundred years after […]

First letter from Brazil

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

August 3 Gee, was I putting down Macedonian Airlines a couple of weeks ago? American’s service from Miami to Sao Paulo certainly wasn’t anything to brag about. The plane was old, worn and none too clean. They wanted to charge $2 for headsets. On an international flight? That’s disgraceful. Fortunately we carry our own — […]

Last letter from Bitola

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

July 2007 The cab picked me up at the hotel at 2:45AM (yawn!) for the long drive from Bitola to the Skopje airport to catch the 6:30 Swissair flight to Zurich. Getting to and from Macedonia is complicated. It’d probably be easier if we could go through Athens, but Greece still harbors bad feelings about […]