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July 11th 2006
Published: July 15th 2006
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I made it to my volunteer station safely. No bus issues. Getting accustomed to life in Ecuador. It is so nice to be able to stay put for a while. My home base is an hour bus ride from Tena, where you can get an omlette for $.50!! (the bus has to cross a stream sans bridge on the way here). I live in a wood cabin with one other girl from the US. Most of the people here, not surpisingly, are in col... Read Full Entry



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The view from the towerThe view from the tower
The view from the tower

100 ft above the rainforest
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tower

view from the tower,can see the rio napo
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Bosque

Every week we go on a forest walk with a guide. Bosque is the word for forest. our guide William and his daughter, holding a coca plant, from which they make chocolate
Huge tree i saw on BosqueHuge tree i saw on Bosque
Huge tree i saw on Bosque

Bosque is a forest walk we do each week with a guide
Huge leaf next to rakeHuge leaf next to rake
Huge leaf next to rake

even leaves are huge here
Local houseLocal house
Local house

on the way to the CCPA (shaman´s garden), we walk past this house
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countryside

on the way to the CCPA (shaman´s garden), we walk past this gorgeous countryside
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Gaston

our rafting guide. so sweet and funny. he was pretending to serenade our gondala!
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Rafting

Sabina and Stacey
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Rafting

group shot
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Rafting

the 2 cute german boys on our boat. they were volunteering in Mishualli, right near our station



15th July 2006

Wow!!!
Tanya, I can't thank you enough for sharing your trip with us. I am becoming addicted to your blog entries, I'm afraid! It sounds like you are doing wonderfully, being very brave, and helping to save the world while having the experience of a lifetime. Keep up the great work! :-)
15th July 2006

Creepy Crawleys
Hi Tan- I'm really enjoying your blog. The pictures are great! Seems like there would be some birds around to chow down on all those big bugs....then again, the bugs are so big that they might have eaten the birds! I don't guess you get much world news out in the jungle. FYI, the world is a mess! Israel has just invaded Lebanon, the problems in Iraq keep getting worse, Iran is building the bomb and the entire Middle East is like a powder keg about to explode. Meanwhile, back here in the US of A, crime is increasing, the western states are on fire-much of souther California is threatened by wild fires and there is gang violence everywhere. I'm beginning to think that you are in a safe place by comparison. Hone those survival skills; you may need them when you come back to the states! Be safe and enjoy-- Love, Dad
16th July 2006

WOW!
What a wonderful, challenging experience!! It seems that you are absorbing it all and enjoying every minute. Can you do anything to get more protein in your diet? I feel proud of you. I especially enjoyed the pictures of the flowers; so beautiful; breathtaking. Thanks for sharing. love to you, becky swanson
17th July 2006

aw HELL no.
T--Do you remember, in Charlotte, the freaking mass hysteria over ONE moderately-large spider??? I seem to remember an episode of screeching heebie-jeebies (don't quite remember if they were yours or mine, though!) And now you're out hanging with tarantulas (tarantulae? What's the plural of tarantula??) Anyway--THOSE I might be able to tolerate. But whatever that gackful...THING is on the guy's shoulder in that pic??? I would be on a plane home, just to get away from THAT. You're WAY brave!!! (Incidentally, the bug NEARLY distracted me from the hot guy...but not entirely!) As always, GORGEOUS pictures--that one on the bottom really captures how intensely GREEN the grass is...and that jungle flower pic is like a poster! amazing... It's so great to hear that you're having a good time, even with scorpions in the shower and complicated pee rituals...keep posting! I love these blog entries!--monster
13th November 2007

I´M SO HAPPY
HI, I´M ROCIO, I´M ECUADORIAN AND I SAW YOUR BLOG AND I CAN SEE THAT YOU AND YOURS FRIENDS ENJOIED A WONDERFULL PLACE OF MY COUNTRY... I VISITED THE JUNGLE A LOT OCATIONS BECAUSE MY DAD HAS A RESTAURANT IN TENA`S TOWN, AND ALSO I ENJOIED THAT EXPERIENCIENCES. IF YOU`LL VISIT THE JUNGLE I WISH THAT YOU REPEAT MORE SIMILAR EXPERIENCES... REARDS ROCIO

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