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Come with me to Peru...

A beautiful sunset in Manu.

Awesome cock-of-the-rock in the reserve.

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Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I am simply blown away, what an adventure! I have a few thoughts, but little inclination for segue so I'll just do point form:

-The traffic in Peru sounds a lot like Thailand and Indonesia, which can be nail-biting. However, I never saw accidents when I was there either and I lived there for 8 months. Perhaps the driving style evokes more attention than in developed countries where the slower pace can cause one's attention to drift. Who knows? India though was pretty crazy and I saw a few horrific accidents there.

-I'm interested to know what the fried yucca was like. When I lived in Texas they were everywhere and not once did I hear about them being edible. I feel kind of cheated. =P

-Did you try some raw cocoa? I tried some in Indonesia right out of the pod and it coated my mouth in gooey blue.

-I assume Mbala took photos? Major props for managing to get so many great shots, including those of the boa, otters and jags.

-I am SO incredible happy you got to see some jaguars. Seeing a big cat in the wild is such an indescribable, intense experience and it seems like it had the same effect on you. You are extraordinarily lucky, especially given that you saw a mating pair. There really are no words to express the feeling or my joy to know you came away from Peru with such an experience.

-You are looking as gorgeous as ever.

I cannot wait for more!
Jun. 7th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Yes, I think it must be trial-by-fire driving in a lot of these countries - in the U.S. it's way too easy to be distracted and to drive on long, fast, straight roads where you pretty much fall asleep from monotony. But I really was amazed at seeing not a single accident with how crazy everyone drove!

The fried yucca was quite tasty! It didn't have a lot of flavor - like most fried veggies it tasted mostly like the batter but I'd definitely eat it again.

We didn't try any raw cocoa - we had some very good powdered cocoa drinks but not from the pod. I'll have to look for some of that it sounds awesome!

Mbala did take most of the photos - I just last week bought a little point and shoot so now I'll be able to take pics too (since he's always using the big Nikon). :) I agree he gets great shots - and he has a lot of fun with it!

I agree about the cats - it seriously made my trip for me. I didn't expect to catch a glimpse of a jaguar, though I had it in the back of my heart as a great hope. It is something I will never forget!

And thank you, you make me blush! :) Looking forward to seeing you and hanging out at AC aaaagh soon!!
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