We are awoken in the night by the loudest thunder I have ever heard in my life as lightning brightly lights our room in the Amazon Jungle.
There are gaps in the roof and so I can see the flashes of lightning illuminating into our dwelling place clearly and this is not how I want to commence on Day 4.
Drip And Drop
So I am up, trying to shove the damp clothes in a wooden box/shelf in the corner. Then the bats start. Circling in the roof – but worse – while I sleep one drops a nice poo right where I tread in the morning. GROSS!
Suddenly, there is a cockroach as big as my index finger crawling on me! I am a tough single Mum, but jungle life is getting to me as I flick it off.
We dress in our wet and smelly clothes and head for breakfast.
On the way, we get a chance to see another Toucan, so this peps me up a bit.
As breakfast is undercover we dry out a bit, but the humidity makes a mix of cold and hot on our skin – it’s very uncomfortable!
It is bucketing down with rain, so we don our massive poncho’s that are provided, as we are to go paddling today in canoes.
I tie knots in the corners of my sons’, so he doesn’t trip over them as his goes beyond the ground. There are none that are his size, so I figure kids don’t come here very often. The ponchos are actually thick plastic but they are quite uncomfortable to wear and restrict movement so we take them off when the rain lightens.
Canoes are then towed behind the motorboat to a small inlet hidden in the trees. Now it is a steady pounding of rain and it stings my face. This is a bit of a challenging world-school experience today.
Our guide has only seen 3 in 15 years with tour groups. It looks like a rubber tire bobbing in the water. As they are rare, Explorason is now constantly told not to move and to keep quiet. Eventually, I think he will pop a blood vessel, as he is wet, cold and the conditions are tough. Sitting for over half an hour waiting for a black thing to bob in the water is as boring as anything especially when we really can’t see it. He really has had enough. Now my son is 8-years-old this week and this is meant to be his big birthday present, yet he is not enjoying it at all.
As we paddle back to our Amazon lodgings it is about 12 noon or later by now. My son is so tired, hungry and cold, and really just not coping but he is doing his best to get back as quickly as he can. Alas, as he can’t paddle correctly, his paddle drags it in the water with tiredness. Then to my horror, the man in front turns (the guest who “hates kids”) turns and whacks his paddle hard against my sons.
“Cut it out kid, you are slowing us down”.
I decide Explorason and I will stay in and give the adults some time to themselves and we will miss whatever they are doing that afternoon. We were clearly on the outer of the group and it’s awfully uncomfortable. Restoration time is required for Explorason. By the time they come back, we have already played cards and felt better.
Oh well – at least we leave tomorrow.
- If you were placed in this situation what would you do?
- How would you handle someone putting someone down be i, adult or child,d if you saw it?
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