Getting Out of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil!

My title is a double entendre, because I bought my plane ticket to leave this wonderful Amazonian city and head back north, to the frigid Michigan winter, and I also took a trip outside of Manaus. A little trip to serve as the cherry on top of this extended stay.

Manaus

For those who don’t know, Manaus is like an island to itself, in northern Brazil. There aren’t any major cities in Brazil that can be driven to. You have to take a boat or a plane. The only exception of driving to a big city is the highway that runs north from Manaus and goes 2000+ kilometers, all the way to Caracas, Venezuela. Continue reading Getting Out of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil!

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Let Them Think You’re a Secret Agent!

I was in South Korea, not long after, Kim Jong Il Dies.

I was in South America, while I’m there, Hugo Chavez bites the dust.

Coincidence?

Some people don’t think so.

That’s part of the fun of being all over the world. Things happen that are newsworthy and people automatically wonder if you are involved.

This is also comical when a natural disaster hits in the general vicinity of the hemisphere that you’re on and everyone and their mother, especially your mother, checks to see if you’re OK. Continue reading Let Them Think You’re a Secret Agent!