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September 16, 2008

I hope we get to Brazil!!!

Wow! As we get deeper into this whole logistical nightmare of lining up Visas and making sure we have everything lined up to get there, I get more anxious about this whole trip. Who knew that getting into Brazil would be so difficult and demanding.

We just spent a week collecting Visa applications from everyone going and find out that we cannot use these forms. We now need to have everyone apply online and print the application. So my task for tonight is put together instructions for this, and have everyone get this done soon and into the mail. We will need to hire a company to help sheperd these applications through or make two trips to Chicago to get this done. At any rate, the cost is going up everytime I ask a question.

As far as the actual tour, it is shaping up nicely. I think we have a good itinerary and so now I need to fit in some last pieces into this and we will have this finalized. At this point, it looks like we will be visiting farms, some industry sites and manufacturing places in Sao Paulo state and in Parana state. As these become finalized, I will share more information.

Right now, we need to get the logistics completed so that we can get the visa applications in. Did I mention that married men going to Brazil without their spouses need to have a letter from their employer stating that they are on vacation and not there on business? What is this all about???