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The monkey who constantly tried to rob our camp of all food!

BUS JOURNEY

Our bus was 2 hours late and we sat outside getting eaten alive by bugs waiting for it with our annoying Israelis to the side of us being so loud and constantly singing stupid songs. When it arrived I couldnt believe it was taking us the 14 hours to Rurrenabaque, it didnt have a toilet, the engine cover was up as it kept overherheating and most of the luggage was haphazardly strapped to the roof.

I somehow managed to sleep most of the way but both Bend and I, not to mention most of the bus, got very annoyed at the Israelis who kept going up and down the isle and when it got dark they found it highly ammusing to flash their torches around constantly!

Arrived very tired in Rurrenabaque and managed to find a Madidi tour operator basically instantly.

Jungle trekking
Before long we were on a thin boat cruising up the river for 2 hours into the Jungle!!

DAY 1

Welcome to the Jungle baby!!

We arrived at our camp and wow was it humid! We were so so tired but after lunch we headed out on a walk into the Jungle.

Before longg our guide spotted a whole family of enormous monkeys. Immediatley the alpha male swung to the front of the tree they were all perched on to decipher whether or not we were a threat. He was just turning away when our guide began a a chorus of low grumbling noises deep in his throat. The alpha male spun around and the other two males bounded forward infront of the females and they all began roaring back at us(the grumblin noise turned out to be a call of anger and aggression!). It was very cool and we got some amazing video/pictures.

A tarrantula eating

Further in we found a poisonous ´jumping´spider. I highlighted jumping because our guide insisted, against our assurances that we believed him, on poking it with a stick so we could see it launching itself at us!

DAY 2

It was so so so humid, very uncomfortable.

We had another trek into the jungle today and our guide showed us some survival tips including how to climb a smooth, vertical tree as íf you stay on the jungle floor you wont last the night.´ He also showed us trees which were filled with water, fruit we could eat and also medicinal plants.

Later, on the way back to camp, he gave us a live grub to taste. He promised it tasted like coconus so I tried it. He is a fucking liar, haha. It exploded in my mouth and was utterly rank, I would certainly not like to be stranded with only those things for sustanance!

We also found a Pineapple bush and the Pineapple was ripe so we ate it and it was so juicy and delicious, nothing like the crap you get from supermarkets.

Poisonous jumping spider
I also spotted limes and lemons and took a few of those which were amazingly strong and nice.

After lunch we did some Pirahna(no idea how to spell) fishing but no one was succesfull! At one point I moved down the river and managed to step in quick-sand and was dragged down to my knees! It is extremely difficult to get out, I can attest to that!

DAY 3

In the morning we searched for some wild pigs which we eventually found. They really stink and are surprisingly fast little twats so it was incredibly difficult to get close.

When we got back to camp it was class because Bend and I had organised with a guide who was going back to the mainland to get us some...beer! haha. He brought them in an ice-cooler and we sat with 2 Swedes just enjoying them and chilling in a Hammock.

This little twat was waiting for me when I came back from a trekk

The showers broke on the first dayso up until now Bend nor I had had a shower...we stank and felt manky, proper jungle boys!

After lunch we went to see parrots and got some pretty good photos which I ingeniously took through the lens of binnoculars! Oh yes, haha. We got bored of this pretty fast, a bird is a bird to me, they fly and they shit, woo! So we ended up playing with a knife, throwing it at targets which we never hit(blame the beer) then we re-styled Bends T-shirt with it.

At night after more beer we went on a night trek. The jungle at night is pretty scary, I would not like to be lost in there. We found a Tarantula devouring an insect which was amazing although our guide once again insisted on getting way too close for comfort!

On the way back our guide told us to kill our torches for 200 metres to éncourage animals to come closer'.

Monkeys
Now Im not bloody stupid and I knew he was gonna jump out on us so after 100m I said to Bend ´why dont you lead mate,´and he readily accepted. 30 seconds later I heard a bump, a roar and then Bend screaming his ass off, haha. It was so funny and the guide couldnt stop laughing the rest of the way back.

DAY 4

During the nigth I was woken by the worst storm I have ever experienced. The thunder was not just cracking, each bang lasted about 20 seconds and was deafening. The lightning was so bright I had to close my eyes and the rain was positively hammering down.

It cleared up mstly by the morning and it had washed away most of the humidity which was a godsend!

We visited an Indigenous village in the morning and they showed us how they lived and gave us some sugarcane which was delcious, so sweet and juicy.

Monkey
They also gave us a bow and arrow they used for hunting and placed a round fruit the size of a watermellon(I foret the name) as a target. I was the only one to hit it which I was delighted about.

We left after lunch and to be honest I was quite happy to be going. It was alot fo fun but the humidity and bugs were too much for me for four days.

Back in Rurrenbaque we soon discovered we couldnt get a bus to La Paz until tomorrow which sucked as I was supposed to be meeting Anna for her birthday.

We cheched into a Hostal and after checking my e-mail I realised everyone at home was worried because I hadnt been in contact for 4 days. Sorry Mum and Dad but geese, Im in South America, haha!

Later we went for something to eat and then a cool local bar.

The biggest spiders web I have ever seen
Had a good laugh but at the end of the night I was chatting to some Irish lad and Bend left. I had no clue where the Hostal was or what it was called so I staggered around for half an hour looking for it, at one point on the back of a motorbike taxi not holding on, drinking my beer as he ziopped around the place, haha. I was cursing Bend when I eventually staggered into the Hostal but he sleeps like a log so he was oblivious!

 

RabOrr says:
Er it was actually 60-6 and the reason everyone was devastated cause we let them score...now that's setting a high standard!

This week though was much closer due to us having tons of injuries to key players. We beat last years undefeated champions (who were also undefeated this season until now) 14-8.

We've got Edinburgh again this week and then the much needed Crimbo break to hopefully get everyone fit again!

D xxx
Posted on: Dec 06, 2007
CharmaineX says:
Pah i knew u were fine i mean come on u are related to me after all. Iv taught u everything u need to know HAHAHA ;p was the rain as bad as it is over here then? At least it cleaned ur stink a bit i guess? Glad to hear that u shall meet up with us when we travel as it will be banters =) I just bought a book thats all about traveling the world and what you must see in each place. We should meet up in the places with hotels you MUST stay in. I bet you will love the ice hotel as u love the freezing cold ya weirdo lol but since apart from them we shall be tenting it i dont suppose u will be joining us. Id love to help out in those disaster areas you talked about so we shall have to stand side by side and help humanity =) miss u bro be safe xxx
Charmaine x
Posted on: Dec 03, 2007
Mishel23 says:
Sorry it was 48-6.

Everyone was devistated. You'd think they had lost the freekin superbowl!! XX
Posted on: Dec 02, 2007
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The monkey who constantly tried to…
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Jungle trekking
Jungle trekking
A tarrantula eating
A tarrantula eating
Poisonous jumping spider
Poisonous jumping spider
This little twat was waiting for m…
This little twat was waiting for …
Monkeys
Monkeys
Monkey
Monkey
The biggest spiders web I have eve…
The biggest spiders web I have ev…
Pirahna fishing
Pirahna fishing
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View of the Amazon
View of the Amazon
Bird
Bird
Birds
Birds
Monkey in our room trying to find …
Monkey in our room trying to find…
Penis tree, haha
Penis tree, haha
Amazon
Amazon
Amazon
Amazon
Some weird bug.
Some weird bug.
Fresh enough for you?
Fresh enough for you?
Fresh Lemon and limes
Fresh Lemon and limes
We decided Bend was balding
We decided Bend was balding
I think he had 1 too many
I think he had 1 too many
Enough bites for you?
Enough bites for you?
Rurrenabaque
photo by: jendara