Yesterday we went to buy some souvenirs and then hit the H. Stearn tour as planned. They are good at what they do (selling) and it probably didn't hurt that it was the day before Valentine's Day. Somehow Amy walked out a few carats heavier than she walked in there...
The trip to the airport was eventless. The international terminal in Rio was terrible with nothing to eat but pizza or hamburgers cooked in a microwave. But finally we were sitting on Continental and being served drinks by a Houston based flight crew and it felt just a little bit like we were in the US already.
We had a 45 minute flight to Sau Paulo where we waited on the plane while they picked up a few more passengers before heading on to Houston. We ate a quick dinner once in the air and then did a good job of sleeping the rest of the way to Houston. We breezed through customs and then had to wait about an hour and a half for our connection to Austin.
We were quite surprised at how cold it was when we arrived! We quickly dug into our bags to find warm clothes to pile on while we waited for our ride. We had both cars in the shop while we were gone, and they were nice enough to pick us up at the airport which made it quite convenient. By 10:00 we were home and saying hi to Jasmine.