I woke up around 5 A.M. And caught a taxi to the airport. The flight to Lago Agrio was about 30 minutes. From Lago Agrio, I caught a bus to the Amazon at like 8:30. It was a 3 hour bus ride. It was interesting. There was a bunch of weirdos. I think I was the only person who spoke English on the bus. I was scared. At one point, someone brought a bunch of live chickens on the bus. Ecuador is famous for chickens. About two hours into the bus ride, a lady sat by me who had harrier legs than I did and there was like only five people on the bus. I guess everyone likes to sit at the front of the bus and will sit there before they sit in the back of the bus when the back is empty. After 3.5 hours, I got off the bus and saw a canoe leaving
. It was the canoe that was supposed to take me to my camp. I walked around for like 20 minutes and couldn't find anyone that spoke English. It started pouring down rain, so finally I ran up to a window where someone spoke a little English and the told me to follow this guy. My clothes were drenched and they never dried out the whole trip. They stunk too. I followed the guy on a ten minute walk then to a canoe which was about five minutes away from my cabin. We finally got to the cabins soaked. I first saw a bird in the main cabin kitchen. I think it was a chicken that was eating the plates of the leftovers from lunch. It was not a clean place. The person who was there did not speak English, but I managed to say enough. I said "Donde es mi cuarto" or where is my room. She showed me and said I missed the tour for the day by like two minutes. I had my own cabin to myself with four beds. The cabin had no windows. A lot of Ecuador homes where like this because it doesn't get cold. All the cabin roofs where straw, but they never leaked. I started reading a book when finally the tour guide came up and talked to me. I took a nap and went to the main cabin for dinner. I met a few people from Wales who were leaving later that night. They seemed interesting. After dinner, we went on a two hour walk. It was pretty cool. I can see why the rainforest was called the rainforest. It rains a lot there. It was everything that I was hoping it would be. We saw monkeys and some other wildlife. The rainforest is a pretty cool site! We came back and had some popcorn and talked about random things. At this time, there was me and three other tourists, which were all Germans. We went to bed at about 9-9:30. I slept well that night. The birds chirping did not bug me, but there was an animal outside that was hissing and that kind of slowed my sleep. We had some mosquito nets that surround the bed and helped prevent bug bites.
I woke up at 6:30 because I thought it was 7:30. I had my watch wrong and no one seemed to tell me until it was actually 8:00. There was two people in the kitchen who had took an overnight bus and just got into the lodge. Their names were Kyle and Kelly. They were actually from Missouri. They were really cool people. Kelly was studying over there and Kyle was her brother. They had both worked for parks all over the U.S. So we had a lot to talk about. They had been to Wyoming and Montana along with a lot of the U.S. And had been to more international places than me. Anyway, we all ate breakfast and went for another walk. It was the same walk as the day before except we took a longer route. We went about an hour or more past the spot where we were last time. Not too much happened that didn't happen the first time, but it was still interesting. It rained the whole time again. It wasn't cold though, so that was good. It was a five hour hike and we came back for lunch. I didn't eat much except for rice on these trips. I brought some triscuits and power bars with me. Even if they were serving food that I liked, I still don't think I would have ate a lot of it because they were like ants crawling all over the table and before the dinner was over, they were in our food
. At first, I gave the dog some of my food, but then they saw the dog by me and took him away. So I didn't want to be rude and tried a little bit of everything. One day they said I was eating “carne” or beef. I chewed it for like four minutes and couldn't chew it up, so I spit it out. It turned out to be a boa. We had chicken one night and I figured it was the chicken that was walking around in the kitchen the day before. Whenever I tried something new, I just put a lot of hot sauce on it to take away the taste. We went fishing in a canoe for piranhas. It was pretty cool. We used boka which is cow. The tour guide (Diego) had a bunch of meat in a tupperware thing and dumped out the blood, which is what attracts the piranhas. We used pieces of wood with fishing line on them and I got bites immediately. It was fun. Our boat caught four of them, but threw them all back in. The two girls caught three of them and the guys were not the best on this day. Everything on this trip had to revolve around weather. This was the only time on the whole trip when it didn't rain. Piranhas do not come out if it is raining, so we had to fish at that time. We came back and ate dinner. The cooks brought out some popcorn and the Germans bought some wine for us and we talked for hours. The tour guide Diego talked with us also. He informed me that my flight got cancelled and I told him that I needed to get rescheduled so I could go to Quito because I had a flight from Quito to Manta later on Friday night that I needed to catch
. We all enjoyed Diego's company. I went to bed at about 10:00.. I woke up once because there was something rattling and it was close to me. It had to have been a snake, but I couldn't see it in my cabin, so I slowly went back to bed.
I woke up and ate some bread for breakfast. We left early for a lake. We were supposed to see pink dolphins and alligators. We were on a motorized canoe and it only sprinkled rain until we got there. At exactly the time when we got to the lake, it started raining. He said the dolphins don't like rain. We found another nearby lodge and stayed there to wait for the rain to pass, but it never stopped. It rained hard. After about an hour, we ate a lunch and some people came from that lodge we were temporarily at. They were college students from Oregon and they were soaking wet. They all jumped in the river and I decided to go with them even though no one from my camp went. I felt like I had to swim in the Amazon at least once. The river was warmer than the rain. I talked with all the new people for an hour or so until we had to leave by canoe. I rained the whole time home for three hours
. I took a nap when I got back and got up for dinner. Diego came in after dinner and informed me that I would have to wake up at 5:15 in the morning to catch the 5:40 bus to Lago Agrio when I would catch a plane at 11:30 A.M. The other Kyle, who was from Missouri wished me a happy thanksgiving at dinner. It was weird thinking that I wouldn't be with my family on thanksgiving, but I was having fun where I was and don't really like turkey, so everything was OK. We waited for dark and went on a night walk. We didn't see any snakes like we were looking for, but we did see a lot of spiders. We actually saw a tarantula when we got back in the cabin. We stayed and chatted in the main lodge after the walk until it was our bedtime. I asked for a photo of all of us before we left. They group had been a great group to see the Amazon with! My trip went great beside the rain, but I was happy to leave and do not really have a passion to go back. I went four days without the internet, phone or any communication, but that was OK. I didn't have any withdrawals.
If there is a day that you want to skip reading, this is it
. It was kind of hectic, but just a long drawn out day of nothing. I woke up real early and tipped the tour guides $10. Diego was the main tour guide but there was another one who drove the canoe. He did not speak English. I caught the long bus back to Lago Agrio and it was jam packed. It sucked. Another guy brought on his pet chicken and stood pretty close to me. I didn't fall asleep because I thought my stuff might get stolen. I got off the bus and did not see my transfer person, so I figured I just saved $5 by skipping him out and caught a taxi. I got to the airport by 9:00 and tried to check in, but they told me that I was on a 4:30 flight and I was like no, no, no call this number. Ecomontes tour changed my flight. Obviously there was some kind of screw up. After about an hour, the guy showed up who was my transfer and ended up paying them off to put me on the flight ahead of a lot of other people. I was on a plane with only 17 people on it. I got to Quito and apparently they had no reservation for me to go to Manta, so I had to wait until 7:00 to leave and had about five hours to burn. I sat on the internet and caught up for an hour or so then called up Ana's aunt who I stayed with earlier. She gave me her address even though she barely spoke English and I showered at her house and chatted with her until it was time to leave. We had to use a dictionary to translate a lot of things. She asked me if I was going to marry Ana. I was kind of like wow. Everyone in Ana's family and her home town must have known who I was by now and all jumped to conclusions that we were serious when we weren't even together. I barely made it to the airport on time. The first time I went to the Quito airport, it took me five minutes. This time it took 45 minutes. We hit rush hour