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Went on a long trek this morning to drop in the laundry from the boat trip, then headed back to the hotel via a beauty shop. Melissa treated herself to a leg wax and feels like a new woman - a touch of pampering is needed by every traveller! Disappointed to find out, on checking the emails, that Melissa`s Australian football team (ST Kilda) is out of the finals, but that`s life. Did a tour today of the Teatro Amazonas - they do English tours roughly every 45 minutes, which cost R10 each and run for about half an hour. The theatre was built in 1896 by a combination of government funds and rubber baron contributions. Much of the interior was imported from Europe and the UK, with incredible hand-painted ceilings and a massive, hand-painted stage curtain.
Have a most enjoyable day today. Did a boat trip out to the point wher ethe Solimoes and Rio Negro meet to become the Amazon River - due to different water speeds, weights, etc., the waters actually don`t blend for about 9km and the deliniation between the black waters of the Rio Negro and the brown water of the Solimoes is very obvious. Our river guide gave a good explanation of the old buildings and areas along the river and port - some were brought pre-fabbed from the UK and France, and then erected here. The river itself rises between 8-10 metres in the rainy season, so the whole port area is built on a floating pontoons to allow for the different water levels during the year. Also, many of the islands we passed today disappear entirely with the rains, so the houses are also built on pontoons to prevent them being washed away.
Our last night with Jose tonight, had a nice meal and said goodbye as he heads back to Buenos Aires. Turned out our friend HJ went to hospital today because she is so sick, sounds a bit like she might have rotovirus, and that Adrian is also suffering badly.
Woke up to very heavy rain this morning. Tried to get some money out of the bank, but none working due to the power failures. Did manage to get some later on, but in the meantime visited a few tourist shops - nothing very exciting to buy, most of it seems to be cheap Chinese copies of traditional crafts. Changed money with our new guide for Venezuela, then home for a shower to get ready for our second last night bus, which will take us to Santa Helena tomorrow.