To Charter means to rent or to lease a means of transportation for a certain time, usually for members of a group or an association. People charter planes, ships and boats. It is commonly used guarantee privacy on an exclusive trip for a certain age group, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, life style, group of sports enthusiasts, group of friends, sports team, corporate retreat, etc.
A shuttle is another kind of transportation, and it is usually a small bus, van, airplane, and occasionally a train. If you don’t count the space shuttles that go back and forth to unknown frontiers in outer space, shuttles are generally public. They travel to and from two places at regular intervals and over the same route. Hotels provide shuttle services to and from airports, airport parking lots offer shuttle services to and from airports, and airlines run frequent shuttle flights between cities that are regularly visited in one day. Sometimes the flights are hourly, making the service very convenient for businesspeople. The Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo shuttle flight bridge was the world pioneer when it was inaugurated in 1959.
I was born near the end of WWII and raised in a small town in New Jersey, just a little more than a 30-minute drive from NYC. It was a wonderful place to be brought up, feeding ducks and canoeing on the river that meandered through the town in the summer, and ice-skating on that same river in the winter.
My two brothers and I were privileged to be raised in a lovely town that was safe to explore on foot, but close enough to NYC to be taken there on day trips to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily B & B circus, museums, Chinatown, street fairs in the spring and Broadway shows as we grew older. But we thought nothing of it.
Later as teens, we would go into NYC to buy a couple of beers (the drinking age in New York State was 18, and 21 in New Jersey) and hang out in Greenwich Village where we saw singers such as Bob Dylan who were on the first rung of the ladder on their way to fame.
The sixties were a time of speaking out and creating change. I decided to do my part by joining the Peace Corps, an innovative cold war program established by John F. Kennedy in 1961. I arrived in Brazil at the end of 1966, and after an adaptation period, was sent to serve in Porto Nacional, in what was Goias at that time. I can’t say I changed the course of the country, especially as I was immediately called upon to teach English in the local high school.
I have been teaching ever since; high schools, college literature, college language pedagogy, financial English and everything in-between. I married a wonderful Brazilian from Rio and we had 3 boys and moved around some, as he was an engineer who worked on hydro dams. Nowadays I am a widow and live in BH with 3 cats, one of which has extraordinary powers, and I have 4 wonderful and uniquely different grandchildren nearby. Thus far, I have had an interesting life, and this new endeavor called a blog should make it even more interesting.