Saturday, November 22: Finally, we got to sleep in a tiny bit (I think I woke up at 7:30). We spent a leisurely morning exploring the town on Parintins with Davison. We did some shopping and enjoyed the slower pace.
We got to have lunch in a tiny hole-in-the-wall café by the Amazon River, which was amazing. I barely paid attention to the food (which is rare for me), because we got to see PINK DOLPHINS in the river! It was so neat! Davison told us that the Amazon is one of only two rivers in the world to have freshwater dolphins, and that pink dolphins were only found here in Brazil. It was so fun to watch them playing and catching fish in the water. It was impossible to get a picture of the dolphins—they’re quick little buggers—but I did take some nice shots of the river.
After lunch, Vanessa drove us around the island a bit so that we could see the rest of Parintins. It was interesting to see the more rural side of the town.
Next, we visited the city museum. Parintins is famous for an annual festival centered around a legend involving an man, his pregnant wife, an ox tongue, and a wizard. Davison tells the story better than I do, so I won’t even try. But it’s a BIG DEAL in Parintins, and they have a huuuuge festival to celebrate it. The museum we went to was centered on the history of that festival. It was quite interesting to see all the costumes and displays.
Sunday, November 23: After a late night out (these Brazilians love to party—Ellen and I couldn’t keep up!), we slept in a tiny bit and then got up to go on a nice little excursion Vanessa planned for us. We took a boat down the river and had a nice picnic on a little island in a lake that’s just off the Amazon. The man who runs the place also had a little farm that we got to visit and see the animals. My favorite part was a little puppy who took a liking to me and Ellen. Also, they had hammocks, and Ellen and I napped the afternoon away. Definitely a fun, relaxing day.