We looked at each other nervously as our driver dosed off at the wheel. 360 around us, were sheer sheets of white salt. I suppose there is no danger in a place with no traffic, no lanes and no other cars.
The salt flat desert of Bolivia was one land mass of salt, dried up from a lake that was cut off from the ocean. The surfaces seemed to vary as frequently as its desert weather. We went through salt mines filled with little hills of salt and groves of lukewarm saltwater - it splashed all of our pants white, a new trend perhaps? There were dry patches of salt flats with no water at all - just white, without shadows, and barely distinguishable between the earth and the sky. At around sunset, we saw what we had hoped all day to see - the salt flat with a thin layer of water on top, a perfect mirror reflecting the fiery sunset sky.
When we drove by the next morning, the area was frozen into salt and ice, and the mirror long gone.
Shit our tour guide says
Our tour guide Zacharias is a Swiss man that moved to the Amazon riverbank 30 years ago and never left. In his most precise Swiss accent, he shares his insights of the Amazon:
Zacharias: “Up here on the tree, you see the sloth.”
Zacharias: “The sloth comes down to the ground only once a week, yes. For shit.”
“The Caboclo people only work half of the day. there is no need to work more, there are fishes in the sea, and fruits on trees. For the other half of the day they do other things, like making love. They can do this on the hammock. Some interesting positions.”
We arrived in the night at the eco lodge, Pavan asks: ”Is there a hot tub in this lodge?”
Zacharias: “What is this.. hot.. tub..? Do you mean sauna? No we have no sauna here, it is not popular in Brazil. Sauna is life.”
And yea it was. It was hot as hell when the sun came out the next morning.
Zanoon: “Do you see animals often here in the Amazon and in the jungle?”
Zacharias: “No not often. This is not a zoo.”
Beautiful sunset over the city of Rio today, fresh after a tropical storm.
Sretsis is sisters spelled backwards and they are 3 sisters from Thailand. I saw their collection in Bangkok last week, super cute.