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Short hop along to get to Porto
Velho for lunchtime. It is where we would have got on the boat to sail down to
Manaus before the ‘kidnappy’ Venezualans ruined our plans, so a bit of a
wistful visit really. Nothing here apart from the port and a shopping centre,
which we got taken to by Bruno, the boyfriend of the hostel receptionist ...
... just so sweet, they don’t use sugar to sweeten it, they use this one cal stuff, its sweeter than sugar (if it wasn’t they wouldn’t have any teeth left) but coffee is coffee and it may not be as good as the stuff the wife makes me (bless her) but it does in a pinch and its better than no coffee
Collin and Danny have really been the best guide and driver I have come across, Colin tries his real best to give us a comfortable ride in the back, and we don’t ...
... indians in this area - so kind. The hotels in this area just have sheets on the beds... no need for blankets, and the showers are usually electric showers in a wet room. The basin tap is always just cold water - hot water is not too important here!!The hotel is just one street down from the main Carnaval action!! Anyway Carnaval was quite fun. We walked up and just watched the passing parade. It was VERY loud with all the "bakkie" sound systems vying with ...
... On the second evening, like it couldn't be otherwise, they had a huge "churrasco" on the upper deck with delicious "contra-filet" and up there, there was a party going on almost all the time
The ship went on, life on the ship as well. I found out that Andrey, still in the hammock all the time, hadn't eaten a single bit for two days because he was a vegeterian and although he spoke a almost perfect portuguese I couldn't manage to explain the cook that he just wanted ...
... of pink and splotchy grey so while always delightful to see, they're not as visually beautiful as one would think going by the name.
At one point I saw a really large, angular head break the surface for a few seconds and from my basic description, some passengers suggested what it could have been and my searching on Google has not shed any more light. Whatever it was, you don't want to tangle with it and there was ...