|Remember waay back in January 08 when I got to travel to Brazil for work? Well, the project continued and
due to some changes they needed my help again. So, despite the overwhelming desire to stay back in the ever darker and
colder Wisconsin, I traveled to São Paulo again with Nisha from the finance area of GE Healthcare. There we met up with project
members from India, Brazil and another from the US. We worked hard and also enjoyed the great food of the city!
The SP (São Paulo) flight always departs from here so I guess that's why they have this sign? Otherwise it's actually a domestic United terminal at O'Hare.
Look - a real live PLANT!
More nice colorful plants
A pretty nice bathroom
Not a bad view
Note to self - put a really big tree in my "yard" if I ever own a penthouse...it looks cool
Trusty air conditioner...if only we could figure out a way to take warm air from Brazil and pipe it to Wisconsin in exchange for cold air that would be
Nice room/bed (although TV isn't exactly in a logical position within that chest of drawers)
What to order while in Brazil - Barbecue steak sandwich and Guarana soft drink (made from berries in the amazon rainforest...has lots of
caffine but the "natural" type...which supposedly is better?)
A recycling bin (MADE our of cardboard!) provided by GE Volunteers at the GE Healthcare offices
Not a good idea to drink tap water in Brazil, so we always got little water packages from the hotel at breakfast
Old GE Healthcare planning/financial system...bad!
New GE Healthcare system - GOOD!
Talking with end users about new system - GOOD!
It's also good that there's a shopping center (El Dorado Shopping) right across from the new GE/GE Healthcare building. However, the
walkway isn't entirely covered so when it rains it isn't too functional...
A nice Thai restaurant we went to
Nisha, Sanju, myself, and Prakash enjoy the food
A well decorated entryway is key to a well decorated restaurant!
Every night the hotel would leave me a chocolate to make me an even fatter American than I felt walking around amongst the superhuman
beautiful people of Brazil
The main reception for the GE area of the building - name of the various GE businesses along the right hand side
A gas station was right across from the hotel - I think it was Petrobras (state owned oil company) which would explain this BR but
I'm not 100% certain
Nisha's secret horde of water in her purse! You don't want to run into anybody and have your purse start leaking though...
Japanese was a good choice as well - Brazil has the largest population of Japanese people outside Japan!
Nisha's favorite desert was the Petite Gateau - basically a chocolate filled brownie with vanilla ice cream
Helicopters are quite plentiful in SP to get around the terrible traffic
What would I have to enjoy without Brazillian television? Certainly the most caricatured of any television I've watched in this
case relating it appears to gender issues? Of course, maybe it was a children's show...you never know...
There was a wedding at our hotel on the weekend!
Tati works at the GE Healthcare office in SP on our project and was kind enough to take us to Bolinha, a very nice and traditionally
Brazilian restaurant named after the owner who was a short fat guy that evidently resembled a bouncing ball.
They gave us a lemon-flavored drink that had the same alcohol in it as is used in Caipirinha (the most wonderful local drink with lots of sugar
in it) and was very strong!
On the weekend we also went to Ibirapuera Park which is kind of like
SP's Central Park
A green Nisha and Tati
Jay and Tati
We stopped by the Japanese Pavilion where for a couple Reals (The Brazillian currency is BRL or Braillian Reals, currently around 2 per US Dollar) we
got to walk around, see some artwork I couldn't take photos of and some fancy Japanese carp. Here's a windsock thingy outside with
carp on it.
Hungry, Hungry Carp
Little carp in a big pond
A pretty Japanese carp
A nice bell hanging from the main structure with some Japanese text on it
I can speak Portugese!
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