Amazon Day 5? Are we there yet?

We met a guy working on the boat who is retired, but helps manage the crew in exchange for free transport to Manaus. There, he either buys (or catches himself, I’m unsure) huge fish that are from the interior of the Amazon and then returns back to Belem to sell them. He spoke English pretty well, and says he has friends from the U.S. who are missionaries from Dallas. They’re always from Dallas.

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Our room and bathroom is moldy, and Jason seems to be allergic to it. So on top of stomach issues, he’s got a cold. The kitchen staff bought fish off some fisherman on the river, but we are uninterested in food, and frankly a bit scared to eat it from the boat’s kitchen. Again, we can only manage crackers and ramen.

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There was a mid-river drop off of lightweight bags containing some sort of grass-like substance. Probably shouldn’t transfer those in an actual port.

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We feel like we’ve been on this boat forever, but at least today we saw a toucan.

Overall, the trip has been interesting, but rough. Real rough.

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2 thoughts on “Amazon Day 5? Are we there yet?

  • May 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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    In regards to the shanty’s, shacks, or residences in the above set of photos, that are literally surrounded by water….is this normal or is this flood season for them and would otherwise have dry land beneath the foundations.??

  • June 1, 2013 at 7:18 AM
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    Glen- the river is at it’s apex this time of year, so the rest of year i suspect they are on dry land. Still, everything is built on stilts to wait out the floods. All of these houses have open windows and doors – you can see right through them – and they are all occupied.

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