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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 #500 on: February 02, 2015, 12:36:13 PM »
i have 1 full day in Rio. I am not sure if I should get a driver or takes cabs from place to place.  If so can I get a list of destinations to visit in the right order including a stop at the kosher restaurant.

Cabs are not cheap there like in BA. Enter the destinations in google maps and see your route.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #501 on: February 02, 2015, 03:11:53 PM »
i have 1 full day in Rio. I am not sure if I should get a driver or takes cabs from place to place.  If so can I get a list of destinations to visit in the right order including a stop at the kosher restaurant.
Keep in mind the kosher restaurants there are only open in the afternoon and evening.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #502 on: February 03, 2015, 11:58:00 AM »
As mentioned I have 12 hours in Rio from 9am - 9pm.  Arrive in SDU and Depart GIG.  Would appreciate a list of destinations that I could cab to in the correct order?  Instead of cabs I could also join a tour or get a driver?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #503 on: February 05, 2015, 11:46:01 AM »
what about the restaurant - Shalanu Bistro - I think its in the jewish sports club in Copacabana. Anyone eat there and is it kosher?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #504 on: February 05, 2015, 11:48:39 AM »
what about the restaurant - Shalanu Bistro - I think its in the jewish sports club in Copacabana. Anyone eat there and is it kosher?
It's good.
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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #505 on: February 23, 2015, 04:30:08 PM »
A coworker of mine has been planning on going to Brazil for vacation for a while now. She is leaving in 2 weeks and had scheduled an appointment at the Brazilian Consul in NY to get her visa only to find out the NY consul is backed up and won't be able to approve her visa for 4 weeks. Does anyone know how or who to contact that can get her visa expedited and approved in the next few weeks? Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #506 on: February 23, 2015, 04:36:51 PM »
A coworker of mine has been planning on going to Brazil for vacation for a while now. She is leaving in 2 weeks and had scheduled an appointment at the Brazilian Consul in NY to get her visa only to find out the NY consul is backed up and won't be able to approve her visa for 4 weeks. Does anyone know how or who to contact that can get her visa expedited and approved in the next few weeks? Any help is much appreciated.
Try a via/passport service like Allied Passport.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #507 on: February 27, 2015, 11:10:02 AM »
It's good.

Can you confirm that they are open for lunch during the week?  Some say they are only open Thursday night????

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #508 on: February 27, 2015, 12:23:11 PM »
Can you confirm that they are open for lunch during the week?  Some say they are only open Thursday night????
Yes.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #509 on: March 09, 2015, 11:23:42 AM »
Would Shabbat be easier in GRU or EZE? My current routing goes through GRU both ways so I can decide whether to go to GRU or  EZE first, for Shabbat.

Also I'm planning on skipping GIG because I don't want to cram 3 cities in 7 days, when you include Shabbat theres just not as much time. I'm wondering if I should I skip either GRU/EZE in favor of GIG. Can I get opinions of those that have been?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #510 on: March 09, 2015, 11:29:49 AM »
Would Shabbat be easier in GRU or EZE? My current routing goes through GRU both ways so I can decide whether to go to GRU or  EZE first, for Shabbat.

Also I'm planning on skipping GIG because I don't want to cram 3 cities in 7 days, when you include Shabbat theres just not as much time. I'm wondering if I should I skip either GRU/EZE in favor of GIG. Can I get opinions of those that have been?
I spent shabbos in EZE and thought it was great, but to be fair I've never been to GRU. GIG was nice (in theory, it actually rained the whole time we were there) and is a lot more touristy that GRU. I'd skip GRU one in favor of EZE (still lot's of restaurants) or GIG (lot's of touristy things).

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #511 on: March 09, 2015, 11:56:36 AM »
I spent shabbos in EZE and thought it was great, but to be fair I've never been to GRU. GIG was nice (in theory, it actually rained the whole time we were there) and is a lot more touristy that GRU. I'd skip GRU one in favor of EZE (still lot's of restaurants) or GIG (lot's of touristy things).
OK so then new question, Shabbat in GIG or EZE?

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #512 on: March 09, 2015, 11:57:49 AM »
OK so then new question, Shabbat in GIG or EZE?
EZE has more infrastructure, lots of shuls to chose from, lots of takeout places, etc, but if you don't mind chabad I guess GIG is doable.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #513 on: March 09, 2015, 12:14:31 PM »
EZE has more infrastructure, lots of shuls to chose from, lots of takeout places, etc, but if you don't mind chabad I guess GIG is doable.
Current itinerary (waiting on hold with AA now to get it priced):
6/9 LAX-JFK-GRU
6/10 GRU-EZE
6/17 GIG-GRU-MIA-LAX
 And using Avios for EZE-GIG on Sunday/Monday.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #514 on: March 09, 2015, 12:53:56 PM »
Current itinerary (waiting on hold with AA now to get it priced):
6/9 LAX-JFK-GRU
6/10 GRU-EZE
6/17 GIG-GRU-MIA-LAX
 And using Avios for EZE-GIG on Sunday/Monday.
Sounds good to me. There's no availability LAX-DFW/JFK-EZE straight?
Same with return, no more-direct routing?
Consider AEP-GIG on Aerolineas Argentinas. I know it's not avios, but the airport is a lot closer than EZE is to the city.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #515 on: March 09, 2015, 12:58:08 PM »
Current itinerary (waiting on hold with AA now to get it priced):
6/9 LAX-JFK-GRU
6/10 GRU-EZE
6/17 GIG-GRU-MIA-LAX
 And using Avios for EZE-GIG on Sunday/Monday.
You should add IGR/IGU somewhere in that itinerary.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #516 on: March 09, 2015, 01:13:33 PM »
You should add IGR/IGU somewhere in that itinerary.
I'd say the same, but with the limited time you'd have to cut out something. He could go to IGR on Sunday morning and then IGU-GIG on Mon night. Anyway 2 days in IGR/U is enough.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #517 on: March 09, 2015, 06:43:16 PM »
I'd say the same, but with the limited time you'd have to cut out something. He could go to IGR on Sunday morning and then IGU-GIG on Mon night. Anyway 2 days in IGR/U is enough.
Sounds good to me. There's no availability LAX-DFW/JFK-EZE straight?
Same with return, no more-direct routing?
Consider AEP-GIG on Aerolineas Argentinas. I know it's not avios, but the airport is a lot closer than EZE is to the city.
I have Barclaycard Arrival rewards so that will be perfect for Aerolineas Argentinas. Thanks for the tip!
I think going to IGR is too much. We only land in EZE Wednesday night. So that would leave only 3 days in EZE, one of them being Shabbat. As much as I would love to see IGR, I don't think that it would definitely come at the expense of either EZE or GIG. I am hoping to only leave EZE Monday at this point.

This is currently the best routing available. Thanks to AA's free changes to routing so long as origin/destination remains the same, I am fairly hopeful that a more direct routing will become available. In that case, we can maybe add in IGR since we will be spending less time traveling.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #518 on: March 09, 2015, 07:08:43 PM »
I have Barclaycard Arrival rewards so that will be perfect for Aerolineas Argentinas. Thanks for the tip!
I think going to IGR is too much. We only land in EZE Wednesday night. So that would leave only 3 days in EZE, one of them being Shabbat. As much as I would love to see IGR, I don't think that it would definitely come at the expense of either EZE or GIG. I am hoping to only leave EZE Monday at this point.

This is currently the best routing available. Thanks to AA's free changes to routing so long as origin/destination remains the same, I am fairly hopeful that a more direct routing will become available. In that case, we can maybe add in IGR since we will be spending less time traveling.
Wed-Mon night is a long time in EZE. Don't get me wrong, you can do things there, but we can discuss that in the Argentina thread. I think there's time to do IGR/U if you wanted. Definitely amazing, and unless you have plans to go back soon I'd do it at the expense of BsAs.

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Re: Brazil Master Thread
« Reply #519 on: March 09, 2015, 09:43:18 PM »
Wed-Mon night is a long time in EZE. Don't get me wrong, you can do things there, but we can discuss that in the Argentina thread. I think there's time to do IGR/U if you wanted. Definitely amazing, and unless you have plans to go back soon I'd do it at the expense of BsAs.
Pardon my ignorance- does IGR/U mean IGR/GRU?
The thing is I'm not really counting Wed at this point as we land so late. I was able to find an earlier flight that would get us into AEP earlier in the morning, but I'm hesitant to book it because if I end up finding a better routing to EZE I would have to pay a change fee (the itin is currently on hold till Friday).

Can IGR be done in one day? I know that it's supposed to be remarkable, but I'm more into cities than nature. Maybe we can spend Sunday morning-Monday morning there, and continue to GIG for about 48 hours?