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Hello!

On the 6th of August I arrived in Manaus, which is a city in the middle of the rainforest along the shores of the Amazon river.
In the mid 19th century, the city used to be very important as the first rubber production center in the world. Nowadays it has 2 million citizens, living in concrete buildings and here and there you can find a sweet spot that reminds you of the wealth of the colonial town.

Anyway, being so close to the rainforest, I could't just leave without doing a jungle tour, could I?
Together with some people I met in a very cool youth hostel (Hostel Manaus) we took a 4 day tour in one of the branches of the Amazon river. We did piranha-fishing (and dito eating), aligator spotting, and while doing so, we picked up a sloth that was trying to swim across the river.
Hostel Manaus is a real cool place to meet people. (Whether you like it or not ;-)
These animals are sooooo sloooooow, that it must have been in the water for ages already. We started the next day by watching the sunrise over the Amazon. As we went deeper into the jungle, more animals became apparent: toucans, ara's, spider-monkeys, tarantula's, snakes, you name it. Very interesting also were the medicinal plants: the basic ingredients of a whole lot of products you find in our drugstores can be found in the rain-forest: anti-malaria medicines, insect repellents, vicks, ...
So we spent 2 nights deep into the forest and I must say that it was a truly impressive experience: for the first time in my life I felt that I was not at the top of the foodchain. This was really the territory of animals that can actually kill you. A bite of a tarantula is fatal, so is the bite of some snakes. Not to mention the ease with which you can get lost or the constant thirst you have in the unbearable humid heath.
Abdul, I think you have an other picture of the same scenery, only better no? Just put it on facebook, will you?
Spending the night in a semi-sheltered hammock, listening to the concert brought by thousands of insects, frogs, birds and other 'things' was quite scary, I must admit. In the end it only increased my respect for one of our last truly untouched pieces of wildlife.

Later on I spent some more days in Manaus, strolling around in cosy streets and visiting the Theatro Amazonas. This is a colonial opera-building made from very expensive craftswork, coming from Europe. Given the location and the climate, this once must have been a mythical place.

Tomorrow I move to Belem. By plane. The boat that goes down the river takes 5 days and seems to be pretty boring.

CU in Belem.
Frediaan, de Amazonas-Indiaan.
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