Amazon Day… what day is it?

We were still in Santerem in the morning and were supposed to be there until afternoon, but the boat moved to a port outside of town. There were no vendors or any good way to get to town for supplies, but we were too weak to try anyway. We haven’t eaten in 48 hours, so we planned to eek out what we could from the bus. The heat made keeping fruits and veggies impossible, though. They turned liquid within a couple days.

We should be fine, because between the 3 of us we managed to eat only 1 bowl of ramen for lunch.

There’s more heavy rain today, so we were content to stay in bed. The vodka was unloaded, but there were still plenty of tomatoes still on board.

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There are limited electrical plugs in the hammock area, so we’ve been charging the cameras and phones of the other passengers. It’s no problem. We have 8 plugs but only one converter for ourselves. Also, the camera lens loss and illness have meant few photos, and no need to recharge our stuff.

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Our room is directly under the pilot house, and we hear clanging and clamoring all day and night. At least the captain wears flip flops.

The other passengers seem to have a sleep schedule we aren’t privy to. There are only a few chairs, so most of the day people just hang in their hammocks. At certain points of the day, you can walk through and every single one of them is asleep. Every time I got up in the night though, there were people awake and watching the dark waters.

We are starting to feel a tiny bit better, thankfully. The 3 of us shared a can of tuna with a few crackers for dinner.

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4 thoughts on “Amazon Day… what day is it?

  • May 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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    Man, this kind of trip would pretty much kill me, physically and psychologically. It is a riveting story for a blog, though. I can’t wait to see whether you ever find Kurtz.

  • June 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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    OK, Greg- you stumped me and our wifi connection is too slow to continue on my internet research. Kurtz? And yes, it was both physically and psycologically rough!

  • June 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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    Yay! I stumped you with an obscure literary and cinematic reference! I was thinking how your somewhat miserable trip up river reminded me of Heart of Darkness (the book) and Apocalypse Now (the movie). In each version of the story (one in Africa, the other Vietnam), the protagonist has a crazy experience going up river to save someone named Kurtz (Marlon Brando in the movie).

    Your story ended a little happier. 🙂

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