Friday, March 24, 2006

Bom Dia from Sao Paulo

I am currently in Brazil doing some Analytical work for my company. I arrived on Wednesday 22nd (after leaving Australia on the 22nd and travelling halfway across the world - time zones confude me) and was completely and utterly stuffed.

I left Sydney and flew to Auckland. Auckland International Airport - ha! From Auckland was the long haul to Santiago, followed by a three hour hop across South America from Santiago to Sao Paulo.

I started work yesterday and the people here rock. They have my entire week planned in terms of social enagements and things to do. And joy and joys, on Saturday I'm of to watrch Corinthians vs Palmeiras. Very much looking forward to that, although the locals have told me not to try the local meat pie and the game. Seems that it contains a high proportion of Dr Amy Jones.

I am also absolutely stuffed. Seriouslt, they eat so much food here. I woke up this morning and was still full from dinner last night. The food here is good though. Last night I had sun-dried meats and other South-American salads. We are saving the Churrascaria for later on next week. I'll require time to distend my stomach.

Highlight of the trip so far. The flight from Santiago to Sao Paulo. You fly out of Santiago and cross the Andes. Sweet Mother of Christ! The plane is flying at 30,000 feet and yet you are looking straight across at mountains. When you look down you can almost touch what looks like some of the most arid country on earth. There is not a tree in sight for hundreds of kilometers. It is seriously one of the most impressive things I have seen in a long time. I guess in Australia we just have no concept of altitude.

More posts and pictures to come.

Monday, March 20, 2006

OMG!!! OMG!!1!

Interesting Day Yesterday.

First hit-out for the might Under 12 Drummoyne Dirty Reds of which yours truly is the coach. They had a trail game up against Lindfield RUFC, who were incredibly well-drilled. We need to spend a bit more time on using the forward pack to clear the ball from the ruck and getting it to the open backs much faster. There is a long season ahead though.

In the afternoon, as we were on our way to play tennis with friends, who should I run into at the bottle shop. OMG OMG GUY SEBASTIAN. And yes, his mug is just as freakishly strange in real life as it looks on the telly. I think it has something to do with the flatness of his nose...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I'm feeling slightly aroused...

This has to be one of the best home brewing set-ups I thinks I've ever seen. The guys got a friggin video camera in his conditiong fridge.

There is also a great poster there for download with all the home brewing formulas you will ever need, conversion factors, density of grains, optimal mash temperatures...

When I eventually own a house, my shed will look like this.

Although I will also have a router... And a band saw... Oh and a reciprocating saw...