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, May 04, 2005

First night in Fortaleza

Hello, everybody....

Well, I finally made it!!!! Boy, it's a really log trip; about 20 hours of flying before I finally arrived. Andy was at the airport to pick me up...I sure was glad to see him!!! I'm getting settled into my apartment this morning; I've unpacked everything and now have to go shopping for food and some items that I need.

It rained this morning for a short while; unlike Phoenix and places in the US, the rain seems to come down at a light to moderate pace and comes STRAIGHT DOWN. My windows were open and I didn't even know it was raining until I looked outside.

Because this is the rainy season and because it rained it's humid today! I can see an average of two changes a day during right now; I'm sweating a lot more than I usually do. (Perhaps I'll lose some

I've gotten settled in my apartment; I'll post my address later when I get a phone. I unpacked this morning and have everything put away already. (My Virgo personality...) I still have to get some things so that I can set up my CD player and get music as well as get my computer up and running. (Right now I'm on Andy's.)

Anyway, I'll tell you more at the end of the week; hopefully by then I'll have everything up and running and ready to go. See you in about six months...



Blogger Ed Skinner said...

Glad you had a safe, albeit long, trip and arrived OK. (At least you don't have to change your body-clock more than a couple of hours!)
I hadn't realized you were all set to move straight in to your apartment with no "temporary" place in the meantime. I'll bet that was nice.
How far are you from the water? What sort of view do you have?

2:41 PM  
Blogger Steve Bernstein said...

Hey congrats on making your dream come true. Not many of us can live the good life. I hope it is all that you hoped for and expected. I will talk at you soon.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Sandra B said...

Hey John congrats on your arrival in Brazil. You must pace your self chasing the thongs around.

2:41 PM  
Blogger james said...

Hooray for you! Looking forward to sharing your experiences in Forteleza through your blog, John. Deb and I just returned from a 10-day bareboat charter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which you can check out at on my blog Cheers, buddy!

3:38 PM  
Blogger Meredith Van Horn said...

Glad to see you got in okay. Make all your dreams come true! Keep us posted!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Sandra B said...

Arizona isn't the same without you. Hope you had a good week of adventuring! We are about to have our first days of over 100° temps.

2:10 AM  

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