Pop Star visits Brazil

I have just returned from a 14 day visit from Brazil where I visited many different cities including: Belem, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Natal, Brasilina and Campinas. I met with Java many developers, Java Users Groups and customers who are using NetBeans.

I have a long standing joke with my good friend Edgar Silva from Brazil about being treated like a "pop star" when I visit Brazil. Now you should understand the title of this blog ;-)

Here is the rest of the story...

Early Wednesday morning (November 24), myself and Tim Boudreau were preparing to leave Sao Paulo for Salvador as part of our NetBeans Tour of Brazil. Both Tim and I planned to meet in the lobby of the hotel at 5:00am to check-out and leave for the airport. I checked out and waited for Tim in the lobby of the TransAmerica hotel in Sao Paulo.

I was surprised to see two young women and one their father's also waiting in the hotel lobby so early in the morning. Within a few minutes I saw two men approaching the hotel lobby, at closer look, one of the them was Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. Robin had a couple photos taken with the two young women, obviously some kind of a concert promotion thing. Then, Robin visited for a few minutes before getting wisked away into a motorcade. And, as he left the hotel lobby the two young women let out a really loud squeal. I found that kinda funny.

Of course, as Robin left the hotel lobby, Tim Boudreau walked in. Then, I had to convince Tim that he had just missed Robin Gibb. As Tim and I left the hotel, I glanced up at an event center sign next to the TransAmerica hotel which said, "Welcome Robin Gibb".

It wasn't me who was the "pop star" who visited Brazil. ;-)

I may have visited Brazil, but I'm not \*the\* "pop star" who visited Brazil.

Comments:

I´m sure Robin was looking for those famous NB guys

Posted by Alexandre Gomes on December 01, 2005 at 05:37 AM CST #

Hi Charlie...."PopStars" is just one of our jokes, Thanks for visit our country and the hard job You did here! Don't Forget de Bob's Sandwich, in addition the foods and mainlly the Belém's ICECREAM :)

Posted by Edgar Silva on December 05, 2005 at 08:11 AM CST #

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