POPMART Leg 1: 1997, North America

Feb
14
1998

Sao Paulo/Johannesburg - South Africa in a blink.

Sao Paulo/Johannesburg - South Africa in a blink. Stopover and everyone fans out to find some way of keeping sane.

Another day dawned. Alarm calls came and we crawled from our humble lodging to go back to the airport. I'll spare you the dramas, but eventually Varig did get a plane together and we (along with 300 other dazed and unhappy customers) set off for South Africa. What else would you do on a wet Saturday morning? The flight was long and comfortingly dull. Movie was "The Evening Star" which increased the depth of my coma exponentially. By the time we landed it was 2am Johannesburg time, and although our onward travel plans from here were still sketchy in the extreme, we knew we would be back at the airport all too soon. The various members of our traveling party adopted differing strategies. The Edge decided to do the decent thing and go straight to a nightclub, which he did, dragging Larry with him. He returned at 10am, with wild tales of having met Angels, or at least women so attired, and being taken to a mountain top to see the vast expanse that is Africa. The 'PopTarts' (our female contingent) decided to party till dawn via hotel minibar, whilst reliving the 70's and pogoing round the hotel room. Bob Koch, our tour accountant provided the comic relief having taken a Rohipnol tablet on the plane which had reduced him to jelly, and he was still incapable of stringing a sentence together. Onwards and downwards, comrades...

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