Amazon adventure continues - school visit and natural slides
16.07.2015 - 16.07.2015 24 °C
We got up early in the morning for our first home cooked breakfast in the Amazon. Breakfast was served at 8am every morning and always came with fresh juice from local produce; papaya, banana, etc. And maybe some fresh fruit; slice of pineapple, or watermelon, etc.
After breakfast we thought about having a shower, however a freezing cold shower first thing in the morning just isn't what we felt like. So we 'Maori showered' and used face wipes (god send) as we were swimming later anyway. So got ready, sprayed a can of mossie spray over us to start our first day in the jungle.
We walked to community school, which was about 20 minute walk. The school was set-up by the G Adventures' foundation. The money we pay for our trip goes towards funding the school. There are 8-10 kids that attend the school, they all live in surrounding villages, but it can take some of them up to a couple of hours to walk to and from school everyday. The mother of the homestay we are staying at is the teacher of the school, however on the day we went she had a doctor's appointment, so her daughter was filling in. When we made it to the school we met the kids that were there, and learnt all their names and ages. (They were very tiny for their age!) We also a learnt a bit more about the history of school and their curriculum etc. Then we had to work out how to say our name and age in Spanish (scary!!). Then we gave them our gifts that we bought at the supermarket. (colouring pencils and paper) After all the hard work we got to play a game of football with the kids. Was so much fun and very inspiring.
By this stage we were incredibly hot and sweaty, so we walked to a nearby swimming lagoon/river where we swam for an hour or so, got to play on a natural slide and jump off some cliffs. We also saw a water spider the size of a side plate, with the body the size of a teaspoon.
Feeling very refreshed it was time for home. We got picked up and driven back to our homestay for another yummy lunch (highlight of my day). Had a bit of free time before walking around the homestay with the family leader (the Feen)?. He taught us all about the native plants and what they are used for. They are all used in some part of their everyday life, be it food (spices, bananas, etc), medicine/healing, or jewelry every plant has a use.
We finished just in time for another yummy dinner. Every dinner started with soup (sopa). Tonight was really yummy asparagus and potato soup. The main was grilled or roast chicken, mash potato, avocado and salad and rice. Harrold had organised some marshmallows and rum and coke to be delivered to our homestay from Tena. So we spent the evening at our hut around a bonfire with a few drinks and card games. Was really nice getting to know everyone a bit more, some clear clicks started forming. All the swiss couples stick together with the other older 2 ladies (When I say older I thought they were in their mid 30's. But just act it. One is younger than me. Oops).
Our close group has become the 2 brit girls (Clare and Steph), English guy (Jack)/our son apparently. He's our baby of the group 19. Very funny guy. The Aussie (Rob), the Austrian (Johannes). As everyone got tired they went to bed, the rest of us hung out the hammocks drinking and swapping stories till about 2am, then went to bed ourselves.