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Trip Start Oct 01, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Amazonas,
Sunday, March 7, 2010

This shows just how ignorant I am.  To be honest I knew it was not going to be a little jungle village (although hoping) but I never thought it would be what it is. So industrial, so alive, so developed, so cool.  It is quite an ugly city but I really like it.  It is in the jungle baby. It has some sort of charm about it.......

We docked up at the port and Mini (one of the boys from the group) had a motor bike and the guy on the platform tried to charge him, like a troll, just to pass.....20 Reals, that is crazy. He gave him 10 and a smile while he drove of the very rickety boards.

The heat is intense here.  I do not understand why most of them drop litter but I do know why they do not feel guilty and pick it back up.  I know why they drink a beer in the middle of the day and I completely understand siestas now.  There is no possibility to go anywhere without a sweat, even at night! 

So I did not stay here long as the plane awaits, although while waiting for a bus went to a club called Crocadillos (which I do recommend to any gringo who is looking for a good time!). The music was great and the females greater although you need to watch out for which ones are not female (I am pretty sure I was sobre enough to distinguish the two)....................I have just returned to this blog and it is after I missed my flight and gone back to Manaus.  I swear it was not intentional but now I have more to say...................

I stayed in Manaus for about two weeks in all, looking around, drinking Acai and going to the Jungle.   

The jungle experience was actually a very enjoyable one - I went with Amazon Riders.  There is a little bit of a pain in Manaus when booking a jungle tour.  The office will say one thing to you (You will HOLD Sloths (preguisa) and kill a snake with your bare hands) but not relate it to your guide in the jungle so he and all his counterparts are put in awkward positions when I start saying that the man in the office is a liar!!!! When I did do this then things started to happen.  I am not sure if it is fault of the guide for being lazy or the office for not informing what they need to do.  Anyway enough rant.

We went into the jungle by a number of transportations bus, boat, walk, car.....and arrived at a lodge which was very clean and very nice.  I was with 2 very nice Russians (Genia and Nick) and 2 very nice Brazilians.  For the duration Genia and Nick stayed but the Brazilians left after 2 days.  We took a little raft out to find Piranhas. I caught a few that jumped off my hook once out of the water, but unfortunately not into the boat.  We held a baby aligator and slept in the jungle.  After a few times trying to find an accessable Sloth to get hold of, we struck gold.  The local boat driver swiftly ran up the tree and tied a vine to the sloth and lowered it.  They are funny little things, and according to Wiki are 2/3 leaves.  They try and grab you but not very swiftly and look at you like you are their mum!  I now want kids but in sloth form!

On the last night I drank some jungle juice called Ayawascha.  I am going to leave it at that!!!
We left the next afternoon, after some more fishing and I recieved a lovely present from the Russians.  It was a true bottle of Russian Vodka....why they had it in their bag I will never know, but this will be the reason as to why I came back from Brazil without a bottle of Cachasa, yet a bottle of vodka!!!!

The following couple of nights I stayed in manaus and then went on the dreadful travel back to Guyana.

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Tamim on

Females/not females...

hmm...I'll clearly have to draw you a few more diagrams on your return.

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