Maids In The Mist and Cactus Does It Better

Trip Start Oct 03, 2007
Trip End Jul 03, 2008

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Well, Rebecca and I arrive in Puerto Iguazu yesterday morning after a 17 hour bus ride from BA.  I know these bus rides sound long and dreadful, but when you pay a couple extra bucks for cama suite service, it's really not half bad.  Leather seats that fold back into a bed, constant snacks and beverages, movies, champagne with dessert, cute attendants:  we were wined and dined!  In fact, I wish we were back on the bus right now, because our hostel is by far the dirtiest hostel I have come across yet:  I refuse to brave the bathrooms to take a shower, which isn't that pleasant of a thought in itself, since it's rainforest-muggy-humid type weather here.  The pool they advertise having is a plastic blow up pool in the back and I don't even think it has water in it, they probably just use it do wash the laundry.  Oh no wait, that would mean they would actually be cleaning the laundry at this place.  Hah! Cockroaches, tarantulas (yes, tarantualas... I was the one lucky enough it in the hallway!), and god knows what else infests this place.

We spent yesterday walking through the deserted town (Sunday... everything is closed) and after a couple of (free) caiparinhis at the hostel bar, headed off to bed at a half decent hour.  Up this morning bright and early, we jumped on a bus to Iguazu Falls... which by the way is in fact wider and higher than the infamous Niagra Falls.  We hiked through the jungle paths all day long, having to repeat the longest trek twice because we had pre-purchased tickets to ride a motor boat through the waterfalls and hadn't realized that we had come across our boat's departure point earlier on.  The boat ride through the falls was short (12 minutes) but awesome!  We were completely drenched, and sitting here in the internet cafe 5 hours later, there are certain articles of cothing that are still uncomfortably wet.  Perhaps its just the humidity...

Speaking of the waterfalls and getting drenched in the 'mist'.  Rebecca calld us 'The Maids in The Mist'.  'Maids in the Mist' Amanda!!   I now understand how to draw 'Maids in The Mist' next time we choose that card in Cranium.  It isn't some fictional character of a novel we haven't read, or a movie we haven't seen.  It's in reference to the boat that travels through the Niagra Falls!  Go Figure.

After the boat ride we continued trekking through the jungle, snapping photos of ginormous spiders, various birds, an alligator, and cute little raccoon type animals with long monkey tails and anteater noses.  The name of these creatures is yet to be determined.  And besides the wildlife, I also took rediculous amounts of photos of the falls themselves.  The power of the waterfalls is just rediculous.  There is no other word to describe it.  Rediculous.  I took so many photos today that I actually maxed out (it only took me four and a half months!) my 4 GB memory card. 

We had lunch at The Sheraton in the national park today and spoiled ourselves with the lunch buffet.  I can't afford to eat for the next week, but it was worth it!  There was a cheese platter (blue cheese!!!!), gourmet salad bar, veal, lamb, calamari pasta, a shrimp salad served in coconut halves, seafood, and sushi (sin wasabi... unfortunately didn't cure my longwithstanding craving for the Vancouver obbsession).  The impressive display of desserts looked mouthwateringly delicous, but was ultimately an utter dissapoinment, and after trying 6 of the desserts (I SHARED... stop judging, Aaron!) I was left longing for my other half back in Vancouver: Key Lime Pie from the 'World Famous' Cactus Club.
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