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South America » Brazil » Pará » Santarém July 17th 2009

I can't sleep again. And the internet is working a little better than it has been. So... We met an artisan here that makes goods for tourists. He trades with the indigenous peoples of the area for animal skeletons, hides, woods, etc. and then he makes stuff out of it. Knife handles and stuff for blow dart guns, keychains, necklaces, etc. He took us to the zoo and fed us lunch at his place. We bought some things from him. The zoo here is awesome. Dirt roads in the middle of a preserve. Only part of the preserve is the zoo, the rest is... well its preserved, noone goes there. It is owned by a University. We pet a tiny Jaguar, tortured some monkeys with a latex glove (they are afraid of white gloves), saw some ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Pará » Santarém July 14th 2009

The title: That is something that Kelly (the little girl on the bus from Maraba to Belem) said to us at one point. I don't know what it means, but it makes me happy. ---------- quick tour of nastiness I have stepped in on the trip while not paying attention 1: Sick Dog (hopefully) Poo 2: Filthy Flood Sludge- Ok, this one needs some explanation... the gutters here have nastiness flowing through them 24 hours a day. The water is white, with a sort of brown film that builds up in places. It has white hairy stuff growing in it as well as lots of algae. The sludge underneath this beautiful cascade is slimy and I sank ankle deep into it after going shin deep in the water. 3: Kicked a dead rotting thing 4: A ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pará » Santarém July 13th 2009

I am in Santarem after 3 days on a boat. We got here two days ago and the ground still feels like its moving when I walk. This place is incredible and way flooded. They have 15 meters more river than they are supposed to, we went in a canoe today and entire trees were underwater... we paddled the canoe to a restaurant we were not supposed to be able to paddle to. And from the water stains on some of the buildings here it looks as though they probably had about one more meter in the past. I will give detailed accounts of things later, but this is probably this nicest place we have visited thus far and one of the most comfortable (and cheapest) hotel we have stayed in thus far. Below is a ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pará » Santarém July 10th 2009

While I was in Belem and we were getting ready to leave on the boat I was thinking that I might like to work on the docks here. It looks like good hard work and its a pleasant place. I would get to go up and down the river on a boat and see different places. Housing and food is covered by working on a boat. I would get stronger, more agile, and probably gain some serious climbing and knot tying skills. I would have plenty of time for martial arts and such and leisure. My portuguese would improve and I would get to spend time in some of the best cities we have visited thus far. I could really enjoy that. The reality is that I would become restless though. Too much of a good ... read more
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