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March 17, 2016

Rio de Janeiro: not so Marvelous this time...

When you just want to get a tan and a good relax time and your wish is ruined by typical end of summer thunderstorms and by a huge street protest...

The first day of my stay in Rio was marked by heavy rains and lightning. The rain caused major problems with cars and people circulation. The second day we were already warned for a huge street protest against the Government.

Street Protest

The protesters began gathering in Avenida Atlântica at Copacana still in the morning.

The view from my room

Soon a large and noisy crowd invaded Copacabana accompanied by the sound of several helicopters capturing images for the TVs and light aircraft towing banners with messages about the protest.

I must say that Brazilians are the best protesters I know. Instead of the usual plain, monotonous or even violent protests that we see around the world, Brazilians face it like a real party where they have fun at the same time they transmit their angry message. They sing, they dance and they bring their tambourines!

Copacabana panoramic view

"Fora Dilma": time for Dilma to leave!

Back to Portugal

So my plans for this layover were a total failure... It was time to cross the Atlantic again, heading to Porto - the second biggest city in Portugal.
Some photos I took after the arrival in the morning:

A330 wing view/CS-TOP

Wing upper surface detail

CS-TOP named "Pedro Nunes"

At Porto, I spent almost all the time to have a deserved rest after the long red-eye flight. The following day I would finally fly back to my home base - Lisboa.

OPO-LIS Flight

Even if it started to rain short before our pushback, I took the opportunity and the fact I had a window seat for a photo report of the flight. The aircraft for this flight was the A319 with CS-TTP registration, named "Josefa D'Óbidos".

Before pushback, still loading the holds

Engine #2 view

Taxiing to runway 17

Lining up after backtrack

Tarmac of cargo area - on the left, euroAtlantic's 777

One of euroAtlantic's 767s also parked at OPO

Port of Leixões

Engine #2 inlet

Finally above the clouds during our climb

Already descending to Lisboa - slats deployed

And, with no surprise, the weather at Lisboa was also miserable...

Landing on runway 21 - ground spoilers and idle reverse!

During disembark I tried to go artistic with this last shot:

Cateringpor truck

It's always good to be back home... Even if it rains!

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