Location: Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil

After visiting Fortaleza, Brazil and feeling comfortable there, I decided to finally retire and spend some time persuing my dream: moving to Brazil. I'm spending six months in Fortaleza deciding if this is what I really want or if it is just one more step in my life. I have been fortunate enough to do everything I ever wanted to do, have had a good career in Air Traffic Control and am now ready to go out and have fun. I played jazz for many years and it is my second passion. I also just finished the first draft of my novel, "Song For A Sad Smile" and will work on researching my next book. My idea is that all of us should "Do the Dream" and follow your heart, no matter how old you are. The final question that you'll ask when your life is almost over should be: "Did I do everything I wanted to do?" If your answer is anything except "yes" then you're not living life to its fullest.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Fourth Post

Hello everybody...I MIGHT have figured out how to attach pictures to the BLOG, if not I'm going to figure out another way to get it done even if it's setting up a separate account just for pictures. If that doesn't work then I'll attach pictures to my notification to you.

Well, I've only got five days before I'm on an aircraft heading south to Brazil; I can't tell you how excited I am. Even though I've been there before this is still new and exciting to me. Fortaleza is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Brazil; while Europeans and Brazilian have been familiar with it for years as an exciting place to vacation, Americans haven't discovered it yet. I think one of the main reasons is because it takes so long to get there! From Phoenix it takes almost 20 hours of travel time; first flying to a point of departure from the States (Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York) then flying into Sao Paulo as a point of entry then on to Fortaleza. But of course once you get there it's well worth the flight.

Fortaleza has some of the most beautiful pristine beaches in the world. It is the capital of wind surfing as well as many other beach-type sports. It's as big as Phoenix (greater Fortaleza has a population of nearly 3.4 million people though there are very few Americans there) and is very similar to a major US city in most ways, having hi-speed internet, TV (with several US stations), major highways, large shopping malls and lots of wonderful restaurants. (If you go there you have to go to Jeppo' pizza I have EVER tasted!!)

My friend, Andy and his wife, then will be picking me up what I finally arrive. They have arranged for my apartment which is six floors down from theirs. I stayed there the last time that I visited. Andy will be celebrating his birthday when I get in town even though it is the day before. I know many of you haven't read the articles that he has written for Escape America so I am including links to both. Take a minute to read them; I think you will find them quite interesting and informative.

Click here: Brazil Or Bust: Making A Change ~ by Andy Neill

Click here: Brazil Or Bust Two: More On Moving To Fortaleza, Brazil ~ by Andy Neill

While many of you have read the article that I wrote for Escape America, many of you haven't so I am also including a link to it; I wrote it after the first time I visited. I plan on writing another article after I've been there for a little while to give a perspective of what it is like moving there. (Escape America is probably the best written and managed expatriate online magazine out there.) I hope you enjoy the article.

Click here: Traveling Through Fortaleza Ceara ~ By John Mueller

Let's see if you get a picture attachment on the BLOG page; if not, I'm sending just one picture in the attachment portion of the notification. By the way, if you want to comment on anything I have written, you can do so by going to the bottom of the post and click on comments; it will be posted along with my BLOG.

Hope this works.



Blogger Yourson said...

Almost there! You go girl.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Dennis said...

The photo came through on your normal e-mail sans any attachment. Bon Voyage. Stay straight & level. Write when you get work!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Hang in there John. Again, God speed on your journey.


8:48 PM  

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