This is Why We Travel
Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
54Trip End Dec 22, 2011
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In the course of one day, I held a monkey, parrots, anaconda, and a sloth; visited a remote indian village in Peru, caught a piranha, saw pink river dolphins jumping out of the water, and swam in the Amazon at a sandy shoal. How many people can actually say they´ve dipped into the Amazon on a Peruvian beach??!! Even fishing for piranha is a once in a lifetime experience using thin wooden branches with a fishing line dangling from it
And as far as the Great All-Colombian Food Quest 2011 goes, my worst meal yet arrived on a wood platter shaped like a river dolphin. We ordered grilled fish supposedly from the Amazon, and keep in mind the Amazon is freshwater. So how in the hell does a piece of fish from a river taste like just like it's been marinated in an ocean bath? This overcooked filet was so salty I couldn´t even touch it, and since when does grilling give food a pan fried crunch? Opening my mouth and letting water straight from the Caribbean pour in would be a less saline experience.
My food situation in this country is now like a bad joke that keeps on giving. At this point I realize a change in strategies will let me just go with the flow and tolerate the local specialities even better. Therefore, I am now looking for the worst tasting platter of fried crap as this contest will for sure yield some blue ribbon results. I have only tomorrow to search out this meal so wish me luck
Being so remote, Leticia requires a fair bit of work in terms of arrival transportation. However, the long journey pays off like few places I have ever been in the world. Instead of reading about all the Amazon and environs in National Geographic, I saw a tiny, tiny part of it up close and personal. If you can find a place in the world you´ve always wanted to go, take the time and trouble to get there. Trust me, the reward will more than cover the price of admission.