|Hammocks on our slow boat.|
"...but what voting system can be used to select the method of voting?"
"...it's time for actions, not words. Now let me speak."
Long, long time ago there is no such a river cruise on Vistula river. In most places around the world the river transport was substitute by much faster road one. But there is the queen of the rivers - Amazon, where one can still feel an unique atmosphere of slow traveling, lazy boat going down the stream while one interacts with other travelers on board for days...
There are only two different ways to get to Iquitos, either to take a plane, or to take a boat down the river. Sever kilometers before Iquitos two rivers are joining together and they form the queen of all rivers Amazon.
|14 people can travel at the back of this collectivo!!!|
|Loading the boat.|
|Boat almost ready to departure |
(missing only one car).
"Numerous wagons she tugs down the track:
Iron and steel monsters hitched up to her back,
All filled with people and other things too:
The first carries cattle, then horses not few;
The third car with corpulent people is filled,
Eating fat frankfurters all freshly grilled.
The fourth car is packed to the hilt with bananas,
The fifth has a cargo of six grand pi-an-as.
The sixth wagon carries a cannon of steel,
With heavy iron girders beneath every wheel.
The seventh has tables, oak cupboards with plates,
While an elephant, bear, two giraffes fill the eighth.
The ninth contains nothing but well-fattened swine,
In the tenth: bags and boxes, now isn't that fine?"
(The translation of this poem come from the following page).
|Small passanger in his bed.|
But coming back to our boat. The second and the third deck was dedicated for passengers.There were a handful number of very warm and expensive cabin, but most people were sleeping on the hammocks. There was a huge difference in ventilation between those decks. The second floor deck had side walls and small windows, and the third one did not have walls and just in case of rain one put up foil for protection. I was surprised that most of the local people initially had chosen the second floor. If they preferred the second one there had to be something much better there. So I also had chosen this place for my hammock. I put it up in between my beard friends. But I did not last longer than few minutes here. It was TOO hot. I moved my hammock to the third floor deck and I felt like in heaven with the fresh river breeze on my face.
|Me in the hammock.|
|Our great cook.|
|Passangers as well cows were enjoying |
the flow of the river
|Sun rise over the "fresh water sea".|
|Full moon over Amazon.|
|My slow boat pals.|
Finally after 24h waiting for departure and 48h sailing down the river, we reached Iquitos. I had only one serious complain about the whole boat trip - It was too short!!!
And I was sure that I will take next slow boat soon.