Boat trip on Paraguay river

Trip Start Aug 27, 2006
Trip End Sep 13, 2008

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

At 5h30AM the lady of the hotel went to wake me up to tell me that the boat has arrived.
I went to arrange for my ticket and to discover my boat. The Cacique was definitely not young but it was sure that if was able to carry cement, bikes, chicken, crate of bottles, it was able to carry me to Ascencion. I assisted to the loading of the boat and to the cargo in first position.
Different horse carts came to bring goods to load.
We finally left at 7AM for a trip of 30 hours: should arrived at 2PM the following day.
On board, all the crew is ready each time to load and unload goods or passengers: one of the old lady was carry by one of the crew member to go down from the boat.
I was not really sure to find something to eat, but after meeting the chef cook a man from Uruguay who tried to explain to me something about soccer (I said Si... Si...Si... and seems happy), I could eat with the crew and it was quite good for 1 Euro the lunch.
In the evening the lady of the boat gathered and start to do an improvised church in the boat singing and praying while the men where looking a soccer game with a dvd player from one of the passenger.
Then every body went to sleep.
At midnight, I woke up and saw everybody deep asleep sleeping or in the hammock or in any place that they found as on the ground. Outside there was a mysterious fog on the water and the light of the house gave an atmosphere of B movies: quite nice.
I return in my hammock to finish the night.
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