This is my last post in Brazil. Hopefully someone will be picking me up at 4:30 AM and taking me to the airport, where I will be traveling to Bolivia for my next stop on my Amizade Adventure. The internet at the site is down, so I am writing today from a cafe down the street. The computer is old, the keyboard is strangely configured, the place has people waiting and, if I took off my shirt, it would feel like I were taking a sauna.
This probably is more indicative of the conditions, by which I will be doing subsequent posts. It may be a while until I check in again. I don´t arrive at my hotel on Lake Titicaca until late tomorrow and I don´t report to the orphanage until January 27th. In the interim I hope to explore my new surroundings and may even cross into Peru.
For my last picture of Santarem, I had intended to enlarge the above shot. It is of a fisherman waving good bye. I enjoyed the hospitality of the Brazilian people, the diverse and never dull culture, and especially the natural beauty of Santarem, its vicinity and, of course, the rivers. The power and sheer size of the Amazon and the Tapajos leave me at a loss for words. We took a small boat out the other day and I kept on catching myself from thinking I was on the coastline of some ocean. In any case, my next stop will be high in the Andes. The first time I see a llama or an alpaca I´ll think of you.