Wednesday, 19 March 2008


I didn't see much of the Amazon between the triple frontier and Manaus due to being reasonably ill - it's mostly passed, pun unintended, though puking and shitting my way down the river wasn't quite how I'd hoped to go. Manaus is a little sketchy but pretty cool, and I head out in a couple of hours on a new boat... this time, bank-cardless. Time to really make that budget stick...

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

border crossings

Yesterday I got off a boat coming down the Amazon and landed in Peru. I got my exit stamp, and then got on another boat, and about ten minutes later I landed in Brazil. I got my entrance to Brazil stamp, with double the days that the visa I paid for allowed, and then walked across a border to Colombia. Eventually I returned to Brazil to sleep. Now I'm back in Colombia, where literally mere meters away prices are 1/4 of what they are in Brazil, still unstamped, and I'm printing out some quick Portugese phrases, for when my Spanish just won't cut it, which I expect will be lots. Tonight I'll sleep in a hammock in a boat that's in international waters, in a way, and tomorrow I go deeper into Brazil. Farewell, Peru, I hardly knew ye. Farewell, Colombia, I'll miss you!