Yesterday I took a trip to the Rio Negro to catch fish. Actually 5/6ths of the time was spent getting there. I estimate that I walked about 3-4 miles, got 4 buses, waited about 3 hours at bus stops, walked for an hour, was in buses for 1 hour and fish almost a whole hour. But since I didn’t have school that day I didn’t care I was alone and almost free.
I had been told that a bus going straight to the Ponta Negra (my ultimate location) passed by my house. So after walking for 15 minutes I arrived and waited for the bus to pass. I waited for about an hour and then asked a local restaurant owner if he knew if one passed by. He said no. Great.I walked back this time taking a big detour passed a shop selling exotic motorcycles, and cars. In the garage they were working on a Ferrari F430 The first Ferrari I had seen in Manaus.
They also had a black convertible Porsche Boxster S, a blue Ford Raptor, a white 2012 VW Tiguan hybrid, Volvo XC60, and a Pontiac Solstice.
I also saw a few other cars from the bus
I walked home and after lunch decided to attempt, one more time to get to the Ponta Negra. I left at 3:00 and got there an hour and half later. When I got to the river I realized just how much the water had risen, probably close to 10 feet.
The water was clear, though with a definant brown tint to it. It was also fairly warm at the surface
I left at 5:30, just as a nice sunset was forming on the horizon.
To top it all off I walked along the river and bought a coke and a cheese-on-a-stick.
On the way back I saw one more thing….