Arrival in Manaus, Brazil

Trip Start Sep 20, 2004
Trip End Mar 30, 2005

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Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Manaus, Brazil

It is a holiday today in Colombia -- but that is ok as we are about 1/4 of a mile away in Tabatinga, Brazil waiting for our flight to Manaus. Poured all morning -- and the tiny airport (our flight is the only one today) is delayed and delayed. We ended up boarding 6 hours late (simply the rain).

We had a really thorough probe from the customs agents. Was funny actually -- they would let 1 person (or a couple) into the check in area. Then they locked the doors. Then two customs agents/police officers go through the bags. Everything came out...including the dirty socks. I suppose the Colombia/Brazil border is a fairly interesting place to be.

They were actually really nice -- and they had smiles and everyone asked who was going to win the election. I sagely declared the Kerry would win, much to the delight of all. George Bush isn't the most popular person outside of the US. It really is amazing how much the rest of the world doesn't like him!

Manaus is surprisingly big! Considering it only has one road going up north ... it felt new and clean and big coming from Letecia. It really made me think of West Palm Beach.

Naturally our cab took us to a little hole of a place majestically called Continental Hotel. Hmm. Perhaps a bit of a stretch. It was the one street I was thinking ¨dont turn here, dont turn here...¨

Even the driver helped with his opinion...¨muy feo¨ which I can only imagine means pay me quick before you get mugged, beaten and I lose the fare.

Is actually an ok place...and again the luxury of a bit of AC is worth it, as the glass on the windows is starting to melt in this heat. And at 7 USD a night/ person...come on, you gotta love it!

Found an outside bar, down near the docks. Everyone who is anyone just off the boat from the jungle falls into one of these outside bars. A few big Skols and a burger, then to bed!

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