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Damp, Drenched but not Down..

rain 25 °C

Awsome is said as a cliche by the youth.... Awestruck is what I say after today... completely awestruck. ..
So let´s back up .... let´s see.. woke up to the sound of rain on the tin roof of my hotel followed by the obligatory.. uh! OH!...THEN that thought was underscored by the thunderous applause of lightining.. YUP a semi-tropical rainstorm was in it´s full glory. .. so damn that 6:30 am alarm.. I showered and had my included breakfast of ... ok the highlight was freshly squeezed orange juice.. leave it at that... and peered out the window.. to say.. ***** it I am a Rhodesian, South African, Canadian Jew.. nothing will deter me.. upstairs to my room I went.. dressed .. cameras in their cute waterproof bags.. and bags in bags.. off I went to catch the 5 peso bus to the falls.. and half an hour later I was their with a slight deviation.. At the bus station.. again a huge affair with 15 ticket offices and multiple gates, much like an airport ( I think this town there are about... 80000 people) anyway.. before boarding the bus I chat to a women and she is an Israeli.. me thinking by her accent she is South African develops into a morning friendship and chat.. and a great name she has.. Shula.. there is more to it.. but who knows.. but we did share a ¨"brotherhood" and had a great chat us both being secular jews... unloved and unrecognized by the mainstream Judaism.
So we arrive at Iguazu falls with pouting rain.. and roam..
Igauzu falls beautiful bird

Igauzu falls beautiful bird

Igauzu falls on the Igauzu river joins the Parana, which is an indigenous name meaning something like giver of water.. and I am being VERY literal.
Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

The Parana is part of the border between Brazil and Argentina and then becomes the rio Plata which flows into Buenos Airies and is so huge at the mouth that at one shore one cannot see the other shore, which is in Buenos Aires, Montevideo in Uruguay.
oh! yes where were we? yes the Iguazu falls. So after a 5 peso bus ride, taking 1-2 hour we get there... in the rain and forking over 60 peso for the non resident entrance fee.. off we go. Chatting ( Shula and I) like old Israeli political commentaries. ( edit .... isn´t it weird how one meets others on travels.. that have so many similar and interesting viewpoints.. is it kismet? is it something else... but what it is is interesting if you open your mind to other viewpoints and opinions.... it is truly the spice of life... it is what makes travel interesting... to open ones mind .. to though and opinion).....
So the day was about enjoying the splendour of the day.. trying to keep dry in the relentless rainfall.
The highlights were an incredible ( and here is that word awesome) rush of standing above a HUGE waterfall.
I think though I am going to have to lean on the few photos I can upload to make much more of a statement than I can make to get the feeling accross.
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So in the afternoon I had paid for a ¨"jungle wildernous" experience.. the first part of which was an aenimic drive through the semi-tropical forest that makes up this area.. followed by a jet boat ride.. WHAT A RUSH... OMG... up the river and into and I MEAN into the falls... hopefully the following video gives you the idea.
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Tomorrow I will just tour through the forest... and then on Friday I hope to hook up with a professional bird guide.
TILL then.
hasta luego.

Posted by Suraza 19:34 Archived in Argentina

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