All backpackers are told that sailing down the amazonas river is a must...that it's a truly authentic experience and the cheapest was to travel like the locals...so off we set as excited as can be on what we thought would be a 5 day boat trip from Belem to Manaus. The experience went as follows: we arrived at the port 6 hours before the boat set sail to make sure to get the cheapest ticket, we boarded and strategically placed our hamocks away from the toilets and engine and once we were satisfied we gave ourselves a pat on the back and lay down to read our books and relax. It was after a couple of hours when we realised the boat had still not left that we should have realised we got more than we bargained for on the trip!Over what turned out to be 8 days we had a daily routine filled with many activities: wake up to screaming child, read, brush teeth into Amazonian river, eat crackers and biscuits, read, shower on the open deck, eat tinned corn, read, eat boat dinner (which we only found out existed on day 2 because no-one spoke english and we cant
read the portuguese writing that was all over), read! Brush teeth and sleEp. After day 4 our new friend Fanny and myself decided that Yoga was necessary because we stopped being able to feel our legs from lying straight on the hamock!i saw my saving grace when Fanny gave me peg that i used as anose plug that became my ritual everytime i had to use the toilets!after a stolen cellphone, yanivs 3 kg weight loss, and my almost lost sanity....we lived to tell the tale and made it to manaus!
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