Monday, July 21, 2008
Hot and humid
Life continues to roll on in its slow, sweltering way here as we approach our final day in Iquitos. After a few days of merely adapting, we´ve switched into budget travelling mode again which means cooking most of our meals, washing our own clothes, and combing the streets for free entertainment (like the Peruvian duo playing live Peruvian cowboy music last night, or the guy who was going back and forth on a busy crosswalk juggling fire and dodging cars). In addition to our daily Spanish lessons, we´ve added the ritual of a game of rook, in which the loser becomes the slave for a day for the others.
The boys came back from their jungle trip relatively unscathed, but with Kiwi having some stomach issues. We consulted a local herb shop based in shamanism and then stewed up a tea called "Cat Fingernail Tea". He drank it and has felt better since. Weston went to a conference attended by shamans and biologists from around the world and a speaker named Terrence McKenna claimed that the Amazon jungle contained loads of testable medicines more effective than many on our market, but that these plants were all in such small quantities that they were of no producible use to pharmaceutical companies. I´ll wait to hear a response from Shawn on that one before deciding how I believe...
JooYeon took a step further towards the traveler look by getting her hair semi-permanently braided (I´m not sure what that´s called in girl terms but it looks travelery) by a guy we met along the street.