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GalleryThe Rio Negro

August 3rd to 6th Matt, mom and I spent aboard the Amazon Clipper with 29 other passengers, cruising around the Río Negro.

The flooded edges of the Río Negro are filled with mysterious, tree-lined tunnels of shimmering light and elusive mamals. Our favorite moments were spent in the small boats, slipping in and out of the trees (or sometimes crashing headlong into them) for a glimpse of a bird or reptile. It's a jungle like no other, submerged in a deep, reddish-brown river.  View Gallery »

It's a cement jungle out there

We'd like to think it feels like Rudyard Kipling's jungle here. Really, it's more of a cement jungle and blazing hot. The sun radiates from above and below and it's commonly 95F-100F and 90% humidity. Still, many, bravely rock their skin-tight jeans all day.

We spent a few hours in a mall yesterday. I'll say it again: a mall. We hadn't realized our inner nostalgia for western consumerism was so strong until we found ourselves there like giddy high schoolers. Granted, by the third department store - where we realized the only way to tell that we weren't still in the states was by the bubble butt jean mannequins - we had basically had enough.

My mom is coming today. We'll be heading on a jungle boat tomorrow for four days to gawk at animals and indigenous alike. We're also going to ... View Post »

A tourist's legend to understanding times &...

Friday

  • All businesses, museums, etc are closed after 2pm
  • Cabs are insanely expensive

Saturday

  • Some businesses are open
  • Museums and tourist attractions are closed except for one or two; the most touristy section of town, around Teatro Amazonas, is a ghost town  
  • Mercado Municipal is open but only the fish market
  • Cabs are now offensively expensive and this is explained by adding a number "2" next to the cost [Result? We learn to take the bus.]

Sunday

  • Everything except all-you-can-eat places and a few malls are closed; maybe there is one museum open that wasn't open yesterday and won't be open tomorrow

Monday

  • All business are open except the Mercado Municipal, which is closed and boarded up
  • Cabs have gone back to normal only ... View Post »

Gol woes

Apparently if you are trying to buy flights on Gol with a US-based MasterCard, it only requires the card number. Name, security code, etc? Nah. It doesn't matter though, since the card was declined due to known issues they are having with international cards.

GalleryUm barco de cruzeiro para baixo Rio Amazonas

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EssayUm barco de cruzeiro para baixo Rio Amazonas

At first, you appreciate the sky, the movement the water makes as the boat parts through it; the canopy on each coast. You enjoy watching the ebb and flow as the colors of the rio change and the the Amazon widens and closes in. It's wondrous.

You meet a Spaniard named Guillermo and a Frenchman named Sebastien while you're all attempting to tie the correct knot to string up your hammocks. You ... View Essay »

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