Orinoco flow

Trip Start Jun 26, 2008
Trip End Jun 2009

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

We arrived back at Ciudad Bolivar Airport dying of thirst. I headed for the nearest shop in the tiny airport only to be ripped off by the friendly shop assistant who had no change for a 50 and gave me 10 instead and a couple of lumps of what looked like driend leaves which you see on movies used for illicet drugs..

I looked blankly at her, with that she mumbled something under her breath and handed me yet more blocks of this stuff!! So for 40 BS(7 UKP) I got 2 bottles of 500ml water and 4 blocks of Dried Chrystalised Guava, which turned out to be great!!

Next challenge was to get a cab to our Posada (Guest house) which was in a street clearly marked on the map in our guidebook. Outside the airport there was a rally or demonstration of some sort happening with
people holding cards and wearing red shirts. Eventually we hailled a taxi, a small red corsa with blacked out windows with a young cool dude  who cant speak anything bust spanish. We show him the map, which he cant understand, and proceed on a 45 minute journey to find our posada which is in the middle of town near all the old historic places and Bolivar Square, on a hill overlooking the Orinoco River and the one suspension bridge which crosses this vast river. The posada is great and we have a good two days seeing the small, brightly painted
town with street marktes. We manage to get a taxi to the other sidfe of town and book our bustickets to Porta La Cruz which is on the coast where we will head to Santa Fe.

Ciudad Bolivar is a great little town on the banks of the Orinoco river, it is supposed be at the narrows of the river if you cal nearly a mile wide Narrow!! Its old name was Angostura , meaning narrows, Bolivar was declared president here. Also originally Angostura bitters were made here as these came to be from a Prussian doctor made them for Bolivar´s troops.  These are now made in Porto de Spain.

We wandered round  town where people started to take interest in Ems, one family stopped us and ask to have photos taken with Ems with their 4 year ond son who was very shy, a few other locals shout out ´´chico I luv you´´ in broken english!!!

The owners of our Pasada - Isabella and Julio are a young couple who are very nice. I meet Julio on our second day there. The weather is scorching and an instant friendship is cemented after I greet him in my bad spanish with some english thrown in for good measure. He dissapears out back and returns with 2 ice cold beers (Polar Ice Pilsners) !! Brilliant !! We dont say much other but the simple pleasure of cold beer in the heat of the day!!. Ems comes down with the guide book, we have booked 2 nights accommodation in Sante Fe with one of the more
uptown posadas (Joke of the tour - Umarket means rundown but clean) and I am not sure that the booking is confirmed as the chap I spoke to was not helpful and I had to get by in bare spanish so I am not sure I have
booked for 2 nights or possibly agreed to buy two cows for all I know- Isabella has kindly agreed to call them back and confirm the details... Success, we got it right, spanish lessons and my trusty phrase book all paying off.

Julio appears back with a couple more cold beers which are heaven sent!

We head back to the cool little restuarant on the hill, which have kindly kept ems´s top she left there the night beofre, washing down a great big bowl of pasta with a couple more beers for little over 6UKP is a good way to finish our trip to Ciudad Bolivar.

Tips, the Posada we stayed in was excellent, with Aircon 'Posada Rosario¨, There is a great internet cafe 100 yards down the road with high speed links and telephones wich were not expensive to call overseas from.

Also a friendly restuarant with very reasonable prices at 2BS a beer... Good times!!

Next Stop, La Mamba Verde from CB to Porta La Cruz!! Carribean here we come!!
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