木鱼桥

小白的巴西之旅(1)

小白申请了到巴西圣保罗大学做交换生,时间是一个学期。申请早已经拿到,不过签证和具体的时间还没有下来。现在忙着张罗机票的事情。到巴西的机票真
贵,从新加坡出发的话,来回在4500新币以上。刚刚让我哥找了找广州和香港那边的机票,结果香港有16400港币的双程票,是美国大陆航空公司的飞机,
经过津巴布韦。这个价格还差不多。后来我又上网查了查,有南非航空公司的,从香港出发,在南非约翰内斯堡转机的,18166港币,也还可以。看来多半是要
从香港出发了,可以省1000新币左右。

另外,还在网上找到一篇文章,讲作者从香港到圣保罗,转机约翰内斯堡的经历。既然跟小白的行程一样,也一并弄过来,做个参考。文章还提到了一个Time Travel Agent,想来是香港的代理,看来还要跟这个代理联系联系。

A 35-hours-long Day: From Hong Kong to Sao Paulo

Written by SeenThat on March 29, 2007
Review Usefulness Rating Usefulness Rating 4 out of 5
From journal The Whole Horizon: Sao Paulo

Usually, whenever we hear the term “long-day” we think
of it in a figurative way; after all, days have a fixed length.
However, for once, I was entitled to use the term literally.

After two years in Asia, it was time to leave for South America.
Hong Kong offered few opportunities for reaching South America through
the Pacific Ocean and none of them was convenient. After a few days on
talks with the Time Travel agency, I settled for a flight to Sao Paulo
through Johannesburg. It sounded awkward at first, but the more I
thought about it the more I liked it. I had never been in South Africa
– taking a quick look certainly would improve any future decision to
visit the place – and the South African airlines had a good name.

Following a last visit to Pacific Coffee – my favorite in Hong Kong
– I boarded the plane and after a short delay we left ground a few
minutes after midnight. Traveling in such a direction the night seemed
endless and the Indian Ocean was just a dark emptiness below us. After
having been in the plane for about half a day, we saw a massive, dark,
compact block of buildings separated from colorful fields by flat,
geometrical suburbs and landed on Johannesburg by midmorning, local
time – we had gained a few hours. From the air, the city looked
attractive, despite (or due?) its reputation. While approaching the
runway a sad reality became evident: the airport was too far away from
the town to allow a short visit while waiting for the next flight.

Nonetheless, a well equipped airport can be a pleasant place for a
few hours. Johannesburg’s one provided the necessary entertainment –
maybe it was the novelty of being in Africa that made the time fly
away. The strangest sight was a bookstore packed from floor to ceiling
with almost a single (and excellent) book: the Dark Safari by Paul
Theroux; however, I had bought it already before the flight. Spices and
tribal handicrafts were the main souvenirs for sale.

The second flight was in full daylight and allowed a clear view of
the southwestern African desert. This plane was newer and had better
entertainment options; a welcomed blessing since the Atlantic Ocean
offered few sights. Next to me, a nosy Mozambican kept asking
questions, but luckily, the excellent South African wine served with
the meal kept my attention elsewhere.

All of the sudden, a brownish coastline appeared and Brazil was
announced through the speakers. Nothing prepared me for what was to
follow. One thing was knowing that Sao Paulo was the biggest city in
South America, but a different thing was seeing that from the air. Hill
after hill of low houses, the city occupied every patch of visible
ground. A city aiming for – and reaching – the horizon.

After landing and gaining a few more hours, I was a full eleven
hours behind the Hong Kong clock. By midnight – still awake and
enjoying the jetlag – I have had a 35-hours-long day.

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2007年06月30日 - Posted by | Travel

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