Saturday, February 23, 2008


You’d think we’d know better after more than a decade of international business travel, but we’ve underestimated the size of Brazil and overestimated the number of appointments a person of flesh and blood can squeeze into a single workday.

By the time we arrive at our hotel in Londrina, it’s 3:30 a.m. Our first appointment will be at 9 a.m., after which we must drive to Foz do Iguaçu.

On the office map, this had looked like a three-hour drive. Our host says it’s closer to eight. It’s easy to forget that Brazil is larger than the continental United States.

It will probably be past midnight again when we arrive at our next destination, the tri-border area.

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