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Review From The Cabin

Glimpse a statue of Medea in Georgia, dance tango to a street band in Buenos Aires, drink gold-leaf decorated coffee in the Emirates Palace lounge in Abu Dhabi, and travel through Asia, South America, Europe, Scandinavia and North America. Through My Travelblogues, travellers and would-be travelers “journey with me” and share my encounters and experiences on dance cruises and cultural travels.

Certifying my Amazon Adventure

For our final dinner on La Turmalina the crew outdid themselves. 

The entire crew from the Captain to the kitchen staff came out to be introduced and thanked by us all, and each of the guests was presented with a certificate showing that we had completed our week on the Amazon River.

the reluctant fisher girl

One of the frequently hinted at, and therefore anticipated highlights of this trip,  was the opportunity to go fishing for piranhas on the Yarapa river, one of the tributaries opening into the Amazon.

I have to confess  that fishing is not something I like to do. I don't mind standing around with a rod dangling in the water - it's kind of peaceful- but I really don't want to actually catch a fish. I hate watching the fish thrash around on the deck gasping for air. It's worse when they are bashed on the head - and as for pulling...

frog or toad 2

Xenopus is a genus of clawed aquatic frogs native to sub-Saharan Africa. There are about twenty known species in this genus. I first made the acquaintance of Xenopus Laevus, the best known celebrity of this family, in zoology, in my first year at medical school. At that time the primary laboratory investigations that we carried out were simple dissections.  It was in zoology class that I realized that I was far too squeamish to be a surgeon. 

If I couldn't even bear to cut up a frog how could I possibly slice up humans? I decided the kind of medicine...

Giant water lillies of the Amazon

Near  the confluence of the Marañon and Ucayalli Rivers we traveled by motorized skiff to a  sheltered lagoon area to see giant water lilies. It was at times a rather hair-raising trip through thick water weeds that fouled up the motor of the skiff but the sight of the water lilies was worth it.

At least it was for the passengers who sat and watched while the guides had to repeatedly climb out of the boat and get into the water to slash away weeds so the boat could move though the undergrowth and access the lagoon....

house in the Pacama village

here are several villages in the area we visited, where the local riberenos of the Pacama tribe live on the banks of the Amazon river. The guides  try to schedule visits to different villages for their various tour groups. We visited the Pacama Village on the Nahuapa River.

La Turmalina cruised slowly along, quite close to the river banks till we reached the village to which our visit had been arranged. Unfortunately it was  pouring with rain. The ground was very muddy and despite my long but unwieldy poncho I got very wet. As it was also hot, it was...

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