This is pretty nice.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
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Alf Kåre and I have joined up with Aske and Toke, the two Danish guys from Bonito, as well as a German and Japanese backpacker couple
Iguazu basically means "big water" in the Guarani language, and that name really makes sense when you look at the falls from one of the platforms or take a speedboat upstream towards Garganta del Diablo (Devils Throat), the most spectacular part of the falls.
Alf Kåre is truly impressed, and calls it one (if not "The One") of the most beautiful and awesome sights he has ever seen. He doesn't say it just once. And I guess I have to agree, although I sometimes have difficulty showing feelings about places I visit. I don't start screaming in amazement, but rather mumble a quiet "this is pretty nice". That's just how I am I guess, plus it's pretty typical Norwegian behavior. But I must admit I got goosebumps, a feeling I have only experienced a few times before. At Machu Picchu in Peru, Tikal in Guatemala, the Angkor Temples in Cambodia, in a helicopter over Grand Canyon (listening to the great soundtrack from "The Last of the Mohicans") and at some of the National Parks in Southern Utah
The rest of the time in Iguazu we spend eating, drinking, playing cards and also visiting Itaipu Dam, the largest hydro-electric power plant in the world, located on the Parana River between Brazil and Paraguay. It's a joint Brazilian-Paraguayan venture that generates about 80% of Paraguay's entire demand and 25% of Brazil's. Pretty big is all I can say.
14 days has already passed, and it's time for my friend Alf Kåre to go back home. So from now I will be on my own again. The time passed very quickly, but I really appreciated his visit. I haven't spoken much Norwegian on this trip, hardly any at all, so it is good to finally get to talk in your own language again, and that to one of your best friends. Hope I get some more visitors!!!!!!