Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Amazon, Day 2

Sunday morning we got upon four hours of sleep and shoved our suitcases into the tiny elevator with some unsuspecting Brasilian and then sprinited down 15 flights of stairs to get them at the bottom, lol. After a crowded breakfast (there WERE 70 exchange students, lol)we loaded the bus and drove to the Opera House in Manaus. we took alot of pictures outside.. so many in fact, that some japanese tourist-group started taking pictures of US taking pictures.. LOL.

It was pretty much hilarious.We went inside and it was SO beautiful- can you say, "The phaaaaaantom of the opera is here!!!" LOL.

And upstairs we had to wear these gray slippers over our shoes to protect the floors. So we had fun skating around in those, haha. But it was nice to get out and walk down to a street market because it was incredibly HOT in there! And, haha, I totally bought blow-guns for my brothers at the market. :)
After the street market, where we also watched some guys doing Capulera, a sort of fighting/dancing thing that´s really popular here in Brasil, and ate chocolate-covered strawberries (i miss Apple Blossom Festival!! :/ ), we walked down to the harbor. There, Mrs. Knight would be so proud of me, I bought two giant water bottles and some plastic cups and made sure everybody was staying hydrated ;) as we checked out the Braislian version of Pike place Market... and, well, it was really lacking... not only all the cool stuff of Pike Place, but also standards of hygene.. it was pretty gross and smelled a wonder, so we moved on from there quickly.

After that, we hopped on the bus and headed to these cabins in the rainforest a couple hours from Manaus, where we stayed that night.

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