Oct 06, 2004
We came here one early morning from Venezuela, hoping to catch a quick and cheap flight to the coast (to or close to Salvador) via Manaus, but got stuck the whole day waiting for a flight (an expensive one). We couldn't even find an ATM that worked, and with no spare reserves (yes, I know you should always have some US Dollars around), it became the loooooongest day ever. Specially after just having spent 15 hours traveling from Ciudad Bolivar in Venezuela. Luckily it was a Sunday, right up there with Monday as the dullest day there is. Take us to the beach will ya!!!
I have seen some wonderful places on this trip, but also a handful of ordinary ones, amongst them several dull cities. Boa Vista in northern Brazil is definitively one of them, so it's kind of funny that I am back here for the third time in less than a year. The only remarkable thing I have found about this city, is that the cars stop for pedestrians. It's probably the first time I have ever experienced anything like it in Latin America (except maybe from certain places in Chile), and although it kind of took me by surprise, it also made the place even duller. No risk of getting run over by a speeding school bus (big yawn). In fact I found the city so dull and uninspiring that I haven't even taken a single photo in three visits. No pictures from the happy snapper should say more than thousand words.