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***Health Information as of January 25, 2018***

There is a Yellow fever outbreak in Rio and Sao Paulo and the whole population is getting vaccinated. See the CDC alert here:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil


Curitiba

Trip Reports
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg946415#msg946415
CGR in Rio, Iguazu (Brazil & Argentina), and Sao Paulo: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=128303.msg2555280#msg2555280

Kosher Food Options
Contact Chabad Parana for updated information regarding any Kosher food there. Otherwise plenty of snacks and fruits.

Hotels with Points
Four Points by Sheraton, ten minute walk to Chabad.
Radisson, fifteen minute walk to Chabad.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Cab to/from Chabad area and hotels should be around R$60.
Executive Bus - Excellent and comfortable executive bus, every half hour to main places in Curitiba for R$12.
Public Bus - There are buses to downtown for R$3, from there you can connect almost anywhere in the city.

Major Activities

Florianopolis

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
MendyP - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg680690#msg680690
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg936627#msg936627

Kosher Food Options
Contact Chabad Parana for updated information regarding any Kosher food there. Otherwise plenty of snacks and fruits.

Hotels with Points
None.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - They are metered from FLN to where you are going. We stayed in Barra Lagoa and it was R$55.
Executive Bus - Yellow buses go between major destinations to the airport and bus terminal - R$6.
Public Bus - Not from the airport. But from the bus station it's tricky but doable - R$3.

Major Activities
Water-sports and relaxing. During peak-season (Dec-Jan) there is plenty to do, such as scuba diving, gliding, boat tours and more. We were there during winter break (Jul) and the waves were great for surfing, and the dunes at Joaquina were great for sandboarding.

There are beautiful beaches all over the island of Florianopolis. During the winter the north beaches tend to be the warmest as the wind doesn't attack it directly. Center/east beaches are really nice, the best for surfing, but can get cold. Mole and Joaquina are the most popular from those. Didn't trek down south on my trip there, but the beaches are supposedly great as well, though very calm and sleepy kind of towns next to them and people going fishing there.

A small town on the west side of the island, has a boardwalk and bicycle path along the water, nice place to go for sunset. Old historic architecture there, many buildings there hundreds of years old. It's about 10-15 minutes north of downtown FLN.

Iguacu Falls

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
Dan - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=3052.msg27332#msg27332
Jaywhy - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg937926#msg937926
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=38231.msg735169#msg735169
Yehoshua - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=34693.msg641453#msg641453

Kosher Food Options
There are no kosher food options other than some snacks and fruits. Over the border some stores sell Beigel's and there are a few Freddo Helado locations.

Hotels with Points
Sheraton Iguazu in the Argentina side of the park.
Park Hyatt Iguacu Falls coming soon!

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - The airport is between downtown and the park. Taxi to either of those place shouldn't be more than R$15.
Executive Bus - There are no executive buses on the Brazilian side. Other side there are buses to any place for 40 pesos.
Public Bus - The park and hostels/hotels are connected by public bus with the airport. Not very frequent schedule, cab is better - R$3.

Major Activities

Manaus

Trip Reports
Fan of Dan - Part 1 forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg404773#msg404773
Fan of Dan - Part 2 forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg406102#msg406102
Fan of Dan - Part 3 forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg488834#msg488834
Ya'alili - Coming soon!

Kosher Food Options
Chabad Manaus offers excellent take-out at great prices. More info here - www.chabadmanaus.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1244281/jewish/Kosher.htm.

Hotels with Points
Holiday Inn by IHG - 1hr15m walk to Chabad.
Park Suites by Radisson. - About a 3h walk to Chabad..

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Flat rate on leaving the airport to anywhere in Manaus - R$65.
Executive Bus - There are EB in Manaus itself (means it comes with AC here) though non to the airport.
Public Bus - One bus makes the trip once an hour between the airport and downtown, during regular operating hours - R$3.

Major Activities

Porto Alegre

Trip Reports
Ya'alili - Coming soon!

Kosher Food Options
Lechaim Delicatessen - Maybe call before to see if they are open, we went during hours and they were closed.
Rua Fernandes Vieira, 518, Porto Alegre ~ (51) 3311-2323.

Hotels with Points
Sheraton Porto Alegre Hotel - 25 minute walk to Chabad.
Radisson Porto Alegre - 25 minute walk to Chabad.
Holiday Inn Porto Alegre - 40 minute walk to Chabad.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Depending on where you are headed, average about R$25-45.
Metro - People mover connects the airport to the nearby metro station, cost R$3 to get to town.
Public Bus - One bus (T5) makes the trip every 20 minutes, cost R$3 to get to town.

Major Activities

Rio de Janeiro

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
Jaywhy - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg916299#msg916299
MendyP - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg680690#msg680690
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=38231.msg773283#msg773283
Yehoshua - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=34693.msg641453#msg641453

Restaurants
Barilan (Copacabana) - Sunday only meat lunch place inside a school. There is a large buffet and you pay by the weight of your plate.
Rua Pompeu Loureiro, 48, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 2235-3110.

Deleite (Copacabana) - Dairy pizza shop and cafe.
Rua Anita Garibaldi, 83, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 3507-1973.

Shelanu (Copacabana) - Meat restaurant located inside the Israeli club.
Rua Barata Ribiero, 489, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 3042-1483.

Pizzaria Braz (Jardim Botanico) - Excellent pizza chain in BR. This one location becomes kosher once a month by Beit Lubavitch Rio. Usually a Tuesday.
Rua Maria Angélica, 129, Rio de Janeiro ~ (21) 2535-0687.

Hotels with Points near a Shul (Walking Minutes)
Barra da Tijuca - Grand Hyatt (Opening 2015), Radisson - (30 minutes).
Copacabana - JW Marriott (15 minutes).
Leblon - Sheraton Leblon about a 20 minute walk from the excellent Chabad Leblon.

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Depending from where you are coming SDU should be about R$40 and GIG about R$60.
Executive Bus - service from both GIG and SDU to any place in Rio for R$13.
Public Bus - To get to downtown from both airports is very easy with PB, though if you need to get further EB is a lot better and more reliable.

Major Activities

São Paulo

Trip Reports
ChikkyMonkey - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg860807#msg860807
Jaywhy Part 1 - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg902728#msg902728
Jaywhy Part 2 - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44601.msg916299#msg916299
MendyP - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg680690#msg680690
Ya'alili - forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2164.msg937054#msg937054

Restaurants

Buffet Hebraico (Pinheiros) is located inside the JCC of São Paulo. Best bet would be to go there on a Sunday when they usually have a rodizio there.
Rua Hungria, 1000, São Paulo ~ (11) 3818-8800.

Cantina de Bero (Jardins) the first restaurant and the only one to stay open - Upscale full service dairy restaurant pizza pasta and sushi, they have rodizio of sushi every tuesday and thursday.
delivery to any hotel, great service
Rua Padre João Manuel, 881, São Paulo ~ (11) 3064-9022.

Cantina Parma (Higienopolis) - another mediocre pizza shop in SP.
Rua Rosa e Silva, 222, São Paulo ~ (11) 3825-2579.

Celadon (Higienopolis) - a new dairy place that opened this year, Dan was there.
Praça Vilaboim, 73, São Paulo ~ (11) 2738-1500.


Matok (Higienopolis) - Pizza is decent and their ice cream is good. They cater for most airlines from GRU.
Alameda Barros, 921, São Paulo ~ (11) 3661-2111.

Metsuyan (Perdizes) - Chinese style take-out place with great food, inside the large kosher supermarket SuperK.
Rua Traipu, 66, São Paulo ~ (11) 3663-3030.

Nur (Higienopolis) - They are not cheap, but very good food and great service. They make a rodizio once in a while too. Top eatery in SP.
Rua Tupi, 792, São Paulo ~ (11) 3666-4992.

Pinati (Higienopolis) - Is an Israeli eatery, their food is not that good, and neither are prices. Still probably the only place to get shawarma and falafel in SP.
Alameda Barros, 782, Sao Paulo ~ (11) 3668-5424.

Sushi Papaya (Higienopolis - kosher location) - is a phonomenal sushi restaurant. Again prices are high, but the sushi is amazing, in the ranks of Yakimono.
Praça Vilaboim, 31, São Paulo ~ (11) 3824-0400.

Via Babush (Higienopolis) - Is probably the best pizza place in town. They have excellent sushi rodizios every week also, and all you can eat buffets.
Rua Barão de Tatuí, 115, São Paulo ~ (11) 3494-0000.

Pizza Braz (Higienopolis) - is a popular pizza chain in BR. About once in a month it goes completely kosher and CY. Expensive but probably the best pizza in SP.
Rua Sergipe, 406, São Paulo ~ (11) 3214-3337.

Bakeries, Groceries & Ice Cream
All Kosher (Higienopolis) - Grocery and supermarket, they are on FB.
Alameda Barros, 391, São Paulo ~ (11) 3825-1131.


Goody (Bom Retiro) - A large bakery selection. Don't miss the brigadeiros if they have them.
Rua Correia de Melo, 119, São Paulo ~ (11) 3331-1288.

Menorah (Bom Retiro) - Small supermarket in BR, not everything is Mehadrin Kosher there, be careful.
Rua Guarani, 114, São Paulo ~ (11) 3228-6105.

Pardes (Higienopolis) - They are on FB, supermarket with small bakery section too.
Rua Padre João Manuel, 732, São Paulo ~ (11) 3068-9093.

Sorveteria Sottozero (Perdizes) - Very popular ice cream store that got certified kosher recently.
Av. Sumaré, 840, São Paulo.

Super K (Perdizes) - The largest kosher supermarket in SP, has everything there, prices are high.
Rua Traipu, 66, São Paulo ~ (11) 3663-3030.

Shuls
Bayit (Higienopolis) - Really nice Chabad House, R' Michaan was the Rabbi. main jewish area
Beit Chabad Brooklin - far away from jewish comunity but nice for shabbos, but they are close to many of the main SP points hotels.
Beit Chabad Central (Jardins) - The main Chabad house serving SP, Building is a replica of 770 in NY. Lively Kiddush every Shabbos after Shachris.
Beit Chabad Itaim (Itaim - Jardins Europa) - Beautiful Chabad house in a very upscale part of SP. Best Kiddush Friday night after Maariv.
Beit Chabad Morumbi - Very residential and upscale area of SP.
Beit Chabad Perdizes - Nice Shul, right next to main jewish area, and hotels options nearby.
Beit Chabad Pinheiros - Extremely warm Shul community members, and great Kiddush every Shabbos afternoon.
Beit Yaakov Sephardi (Higienopolis) - Fancy Shul for the ones who can afford it. Will be very hard to enter if you not a member.
Makor Chaim Sephardi (Higienopolis) - On the same note as Beit Yaakov, both of them beautiful and rich Shul's.
Mishcan Menachem Chabad (Jardins Paulista) - Shul with some programs throughout the week.
Talmud Torah Chabad (Bom Retiro) - Basic Shul in a very undesirable section of SP.
Tiferes Chabad (Higienopolis) - Simple Shul, nothing major stands out, better place elsewhere.
Tzeirei Agudas Chabad (Jardins) - A Shtiebel as opposed to a Chabad House, Heimishe Minyan. zayants shul

Hotels with Points near a Shul (Walking Minutes)
Brookin - Grand Hyatt (25 minutes), Hilton (20 minutes), Park Inn by Radisson (35 minutes), Radisson Villa Olympia (20 minutes), Sheraton (15 minutes).
Itaim - Marriott EA (20 minutes), Radisson Faria Lima (5 minutes), Staybridge Suites (10 minutes).
Jardins - Intercontinental (25 minutes), Renaissance (15 minutes).
Perdizes - Holiday Inn Express (15 minutes).

Airport Transfer Options
Cab - Fixed prices from the airport to different parts of SP. To Jardins will set you back about R$120.
Executive Bus - From the airport to various areas of SP, a little more than R$40.
Public Bus - Number 257 goes from GRU to the metro station Tataupe for R$5. From there you can continue on the metro throughout SP.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1000 on: December 21, 2020, 11:46:30 PM »
That can be said for anywhere but I believe he plans to go summer time (in Brazil)
Right, but even more so for places like Rio that have such a heavy emphasis on outdoor activities. Same for LA. However, places like NY, Paris, London, etc have large amounts of tourist attractions indoors because of the high amount of bad weather they get. I went on November and while they said it was extremely unusual, it did end up raining for the entire time we were there, up until we left for the airport to fly back.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1001 on: December 21, 2020, 11:46:56 PM »
Well @AJK, whatcha gonna do?
Hope to decide tomorrow.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1002 on: December 22, 2020, 10:50:44 AM »
I'd cancel IGU based on that, it needs to be enjoyed not rushed & both sides is a must see.

Honestly I'd stay in GIG the entire time, it's a gorgeous city with so much to do & see, you can easily fill up 4 days there no problem.

The JCC had the most incredible sushi store when I was there 3 years ago, I wonder if it's still open
I'm with Dan, IGU w/o IGR still worth it, especially with boat and copter views

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1003 on: December 22, 2020, 04:50:12 PM »
I am booked to GRU as well with last week's deal, Thank you Dan! Arriving Sun at 10:30 AM and departing late Thursday night. Trying to decide where to spend the 5 days we have. We have been to GIG on a weeklong company trip and really enjoyed. When I booked this trip my instinct was to spend some time in IGU- now with Argentinian borders closed, debating if I should skip this and go to MAO instead. I don't want to spend all my time in GRU.
Also direct flights on Sunday to IGU after we land are from 6 PM and on. Direct flights to MAO on Sunday after we land are at 10:10 PM or 6:50 AM the next morning.
Would appreciate any suggestions and ideas as well as debating the long layover in the airport? ( I don't thing I will be back in the area any time soon).

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1004 on: December 22, 2020, 04:57:00 PM »
I am booked to GRU as well with last week's deal, Thank you Dan! Arriving Sun at 10:30 AM and departing late Thursday night. Trying to decide where to spend the 5 days we have. We have been to GIG on a weeklong company trip and really enjoyed. When I booked this trip my instinct was to spend some time in IGU- now with Argentinian borders closed, debating if I should skip this and go to MAO instead. I don't want to spend all my time in GRU.
Also direct flights on Sunday to IGU after we land are from 6 PM and on. Direct flights to MAO on Sunday after we land are at 10:10 PM or 6:50 AM the next morning.
Would appreciate any suggestions and ideas as well as debating the long layover in the airport? ( I don't thing I will be back in the area any time soon).
You can see the IGU debate up thread. I don’t see where you have a layover in the airport.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1005 on: December 22, 2020, 05:01:09 PM »
A couple family members also bought tix to brazil to come with us, but the they're concerned about zika in brazil (which we totally forgot about)... Is that still a thing?

Her OB said "follow CDC guidelines" but that's problematic (and unhelpful) for a couple reasons:

1) A single case makes the CDC highlight the whole country and
2) brazil is purple, which means that CDC is directing ppl to "talk to a health care provider about potential risks. If you decide to travel, prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to Zika."

Awesome sauce.

Anyone know an OB that is well-versed in this stuff I can point her to? or a doctor in Brazil?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1006 on: December 22, 2020, 05:10:50 PM »
You can see the IGU debate up thread. I don’t see where you have a layover in the airport.
I see the debate. Question is IGU (Partial b/c cant do Argentina) or MAO? ( Have been to GIG)
Layover until the IGU flight at 6 PM (landing 1030 AM) or MAO flight is at 10 PM and I have the day to kill b/c I land in GRU late AM?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1007 on: December 22, 2020, 05:15:39 PM »
I see the debate. Question is IGU (Partial b/c cant do Argentina) or MAO? ( Have been to GIG)
Layover until the IGU flight at 6 PM (landing 1030 AM) or MAO flight is at 10 PM and I have the day to kill b/c I land in GRU late AM?
Can one get by with 36 hours in MAO? Or way too short?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1008 on: December 22, 2020, 05:35:05 PM »
Can one get by with 36 hours in MAO? Or way too short?

I think you would need time to see popular sights in the area. I was looking at this particular company, was interested in doing the 2 night/3 day tours.
https://manausbooking.com/promotions/

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1009 on: December 22, 2020, 10:48:33 PM »
I think you would need time to see popular sights in the area. I was looking at this particular company, was interested in doing the 2 night/3 day tours.
https://manausbooking.com/promotions/
That's helpful... thank you for sharing...

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Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1010 on: December 23, 2020, 03:03:42 AM »
I see the debate. Question is IGU (Partial b/c cant do Argentina) or MAO? ( Have been to GIG)




I'd do MAO

Can one get by with 36 hours in MAO? Or way too short?

Way to short, to experience MAO you need to go on a jungle trip & for that you need 3 days min

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1011 on: December 24, 2020, 10:22:17 AM »
A couple family members also bought tix to brazil to come with us, but the they're concerned about zika in brazil (which we totally forgot about)... Is that still a thing?

Since you're looking into Zika, I'm curious - have you looked into Yellow Fever?
There was an outbreak a couple years ago. In response, the CDC started recommending the YF vaccine even if just traveling to GRU/GIG.

On the one hand, the incident numbers seem low. On the other hand, it's a terrible disease, and maybe it's low because the Brazilians seem to have vaccinated almost the entire population.

In case you are considering driving the coast between GRU and GIG, that's probably higher risk (e.g. I think there were cases in the Ilha Grande area). I'm guessing people do the urban areas without vaccination as there is less exposure to the wildlife that carry the virus. But then there's IGU. I don't know myself, but if you're checking with a medical professional about Zika, you may want to check on YF at the same time...

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Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1012 on: December 24, 2020, 10:54:59 AM »
Since you're looking into Zika, I'm curious - have you looked into Yellow Fever?
There was an outbreak a couple years ago. In response, the CDC started recommending the YF vaccine even if just traveling to GRU/GIG.

On the one hand, the incident numbers seem low. On the other hand, it's a terrible disease, and maybe it's low because the Brazilians seem to have vaccinated almost the entire population.

In case you are considering driving the coast between GRU and GIG, that's probably higher risk (e.g. I think there were cases in the Ilha Grande area). I'm guessing people do the urban areas without vaccination as there is less exposure to the wildlife that carry the virus. But then there's IGU. I don't know myself, but if you're checking with a medical professional about Zika, you may want to check on YF at the same time...
YF shot was only recommended to me for going to MAO

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1013 on: December 24, 2020, 12:06:14 PM »
What year was that?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1014 on: December 24, 2020, 12:18:22 PM »
FWIW, I checked with two OB/GYN doctors in Rio, both of whom stated Zika is not currently a concern. Additionally, the Chabad shliach for Manuas (sent him your regards, @Dan) spoke with two other doctors on my behalf, one of which was a infectionologist, and they confirmed the same.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1015 on: December 24, 2020, 12:21:52 PM »
Anything to do in GRU that's worth extending my stop before heading to GIG?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1016 on: December 24, 2020, 12:24:28 PM »
Anything to do in GRU that's worth extending my stop before heading to GIG?
Nothing other than food.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1017 on: December 24, 2020, 12:35:11 PM »
Nothing other than food.

Assuming anything is open, does anyone have any recommendations?
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1018 on: December 24, 2020, 03:04:56 PM »
In the time it took to sort out the Zika issue, flights from SAO to GIG have soared, unless we spend the day in SAO, which I'm not sure we want to do.

Am I crazy to consider a drive to, and connecting through, VCP? Looks to be between 75-120 mins away.  Now, before you call me crazy, a connection to CGH, which is much closer as the crow flies, is only slightly closer due to city traffic. One way flights GRU to GIG/SDU when I need them (i.e., 11 am to 2 pm) range from $265-400 pp OW, whereas flights from VCP to SDU are only $125 pp OW.

So I'd save $230 if I went to VCP, less cost of Uber which appears to be about $60. So, $170. Insane?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #1019 on: December 24, 2020, 03:10:28 PM »
In the time it took to sort out the Zika issue, flights from SAO to GIG have soared, unless we spend the day in SAO, which I'm not sure we want to do.

Am I crazy to consider a drive to, and connecting through, VCP? Looks to be between 75-120 mins away.  Now, before you call me crazy, a connection to CGH, which is much closer as the crow flies, is only slightly closer due to city traffic. One way flights GRU to GIG/SDU when I need them (i.e., 11 am to 2 pm) range from $265-400 pp OW, whereas flights from VCP to SDU are only $125 pp OW.

So I'd save $230 if I went to VCP, less cost of Uber which appears to be about $60. So, $170. Insane?


Nuts.
Go eat lunch and take the 3:30pm from CGH-SDU.
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