Still Stuck in Rio!

7 Nov

First of all, Id like to apologize for lack of apostrophes in this post (and the last one). I havent quite figured out how to get a good apostrophe on a Brazilian keyboard.

So yesterday I told you guys that we were stuck in Rio de Janeiro after missing our flight. Well, we are still here!

Our airline, TAM, just opened up their flights with Mexico last week, so right now they only have 1 flight going back to Mexico per day. We went to the airport at 4 am today to put ourselves on the waiting list for the flight. They were actually overbooked by 15 people (!!), so we werent able to get on. The girl at the TAM counter told us they were overbooked for Tuesday as well so it wouldnt be worth it for us to try it… but she did manage to get us on Wednesdays flight!!

I know 3 extra days in Rio sounds like an amazing deal, but its not ideal because Im missing 3 days of work and Jorge has a lot of work to do on his final project for school. We really, really just want to be home. Plus we have spent the past 36 hours either at the airport or stressed about what to do… it has NOT been fun and we have gotten very, very little sleep. Were absolutely exhausted. Were also overbudget thanks to the extra days, so we have been living off of Subway, McDonalds and Choco Krispies. Still, were mostly relieved that we wont have to fork over a few thousand bucks for a ticket back… yay!

Now that we have tickets back home and a nice, cheap place to stay today and tomorrow, we can finally kick back and relax a little bit. (We just woke up from a 5 hour nap, our first time sleeping more than 3 hours straight since Friday night).

Anyway, Im off to the beach since I have nothing better to do today 🙂 Gotta take advantage of our time here to make it worth all the frustration!

19 Responses to “Still Stuck in Rio!”

  1. Raymundo November 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Did you dare and wear a Brazilian Thong haha heard that even old ladies wear them in Brazil

    • Laura in Cancun November 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

      HAHAHA I will definitely write more on that in my later posts. Yes, everyone here wears a thong or a speedo, even the old ladies. I dont own one because it would be pretty scandalous in Mexico, but we have definitely seen A LOT of skin in Brazil.

  2. CancunCanuck November 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Ay ay ay! What an adventure. Stressful I am sure, but in years you’ll look back with a great story to tell about being “Stuck in Rio”. Enjoy your extra days!

  3. KfromMichigan November 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    This is the reason you ALWAYS bring extra money on vacation!! Anything can happen. Thank goodness you have a flight home!

  4. DM November 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    A couple extra days, and now that you’ve found somewhere to relax, I hope you can make the most out of your last couple of days stay. I can’t wait to read all about Rio.

  5. Mat November 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm #


    I have some work for you to do in Brazil to keep you busy.

    Can you translate this please and send it back to me.


    Me gusta ir de fiesta hasta la mañana, pierdo mi vuelo y no volver a trabajar.


  6. Ang November 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    ugh, hope you make it back safe and sound! What a horrible experience!

    Enjoy the time you have!

  7. lisa n javi November 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    At least you guys are able to relax a little bit now. Enjoy your last days. I cant wait to hear more and see all your pix. Safe trip back.

  8. Kristi November 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Man! I bet you’re not only out of money but also clean clothes!!! Great news that you can make the flight home on Wed, hopefully you can still get along with each other by then! lmao….. this kind of stress is one example of what your marriage can withstand! lol

  9. Rita Gervais November 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Could be worse. Like being stuck in Chicago djuring a winter storm. Been there. Done that.

  10. Meredith November 8, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Welcome to Brasil 🙂

    oh, and the apostophre is annoying. it’s on the top left corner.

  11. (FL) Girl with a New Life November 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    That stinks. Here is hoping that beach melts away some of the stress.

  12. Kathryn November 9, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    So sorry 😦 At least it’s situations like this that make you really appreciate your home sweet home! Still can’t wait for photos!

  13. Nikki November 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Oh no ! That must be horrible (rolls eyes;) just kidding…it will all work out in the end so try your best to enjoy it. Hope you guys make it home safe and sounds…and soon!

  14. Raymundo? November 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Ya regresates?

  15. GRRRL TRAVELER November 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Things generally happen for a reason. No mistakes in a perfect universe. Go with it.

  16. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Glad you were taking advantage of things while you could. 😀 And glad you managed to get a flight back. Yay! 🙂

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