Jan 23, 2000
2am It's 8am in Morro do Sao Paulo. After a night of drinking and dancing and just over 3 hours of sleep I am now walking down the sand filled streets of Morro do Sao Paulo in shorts and no shirt.
3am It's a nice relaxing two hour boat ride to Salvador with salt water crashing over the side of the speedboat.
5am I return to the hostel in Salvador. I pick up some things that I had left there, and promptly check in for a 2 hour nap. After some sleep, I head out shopping for my last few hours in Salvador.
10:30am It's now 4:30 in the afternoon. I discover that some friends from the hostel are taking a taxi to the airport. I can share their cab if I leave NOW. Throw half my clothes in a plastic bag rather than spending the time to pack them. I'm still getting dressed in the cab.
1pm A 2 hour flight in the wrong direction to Rio to catch my international flight back to the US.
4:30pm I catch a 9 1/2 hour flight to Newark.
2:30am I arrive in Newark at 5:30am local time. I laugh at the first people I see as they are wearing these huge cumbersome jackets and gloves. I explain that I haven't seen a jacket in 3 months. Ten minutes later I find out that I'm waiting for a monorail that isn't running to catch a plane that isn't flying.
5am As my flight has been cancelled due to 'maintenance' I am redirected to Oakland via Phoenix. I get on a 4 1/2 hour flight to Phoenix.
10:30am I catch my fourth and final flight of the day. A two hour flight to Oakland.
1pm 34 hours after I got on the boat from Morro I arrive in Oakland. It is raining.
Despite 34 hours of traveling and a 6 hour time difference I arrived in California with no jetlag. What it took was 3 days of heavy drinking and late night dancing. I got very little sleep for those 3 days, so I had no problem sleeping on the planes. In addition, I was up until at least 6am for those last few nights (midnight in SF) so I was already on California time. Not only does alcohol cure the common cold, it solves jetlag too.