Last morning in the Amazon.
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I think the jungle really saps the energy out of me. I have been very lethargic since I arrived in Tarapoto, Peru six days ago. It's hard to muster up the ambition to leave my succesion of nice, cool rooms. This morning was no exception. I watched a few hours of american sitcoms with english subtitles, and the Shawshank Redemption in portugese. I also played some Civilization IV on the laptop rather then leave the room. I made it out just under the wire at noon, and went down the block to the internet spot.
At 1pm I grabbed a taxi and hauled my crap down to the airport. Check in was assisted by the 'Elite' line that I qualify for until the end of February. For some reason the security line didn't open up until one hour before the flight was scheduled to leave.
I was 10 minutes past scheduled departure time when everybody passed security, and boarding was called. I was able to enter through the tail of the plane, which was a new one for me. I took my coveted window seat only to realize that I was directly next to the right side engine. It almost totally obscured my view, and I prepared to crank up the iPod to drown out engine noise. I spent most of the 110 minute flight wondering how much it would hurt if the engine exploded one foot from my head.
The luggage took a while in Bogota, and I grabbed a taxi printout at the booth. Bogota's taxi service has a system where you tell a woman at a booth where you are going, and you get a printout of your fare in advance. Mine was listed as $9.15, and I didn't feel like paying that. I walked a bit further out and started scanning the bus signs for Candelaria. I asked a driver and found a bus that came pretty close (within 10 blocks), so I hopped on with all of my crap. I paid my $0.62 fare, and started to follow along on the Lonely Planet map to be sure I didn't miss my area. I still missed it, but the woman behind me had heard my question, and told me where to get off.
It was still about a 10 block walk to my preferred hotel, and I thanked myself for always packing as light as possible. I went to four hotels that were either full, or not with the features I wanted before finally finding one that was pretty damn high. I bargained them down to $42/night and was pretty happy with the deal. After dropping everything off, I was able to grab my jacket (Yay!) and eat some more churrasco before heading to bed.
The temperature is about 55 degrees fahrenheit right now, and I am very happy. Tomorrow is explore Bogota day!