A quick "oi!" from Manaus, Brazil! Population 1.6 million, definitely the biggest city we have been to so far on our trip. The Portuguese is kind of kicking our collective butts, but we are getting by.
Luckily, they spoke a lot of English at Búfalo, the churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ) place where we stuffed ourselves silly with meat for lunch! US$13 per person, which made this one of our most expensive meals out yet (that´s more than we spent for the two of us for a whole day of food, lodging, and transport sometimes in Venezuela), but only half the price of the cheapest churrascaria we ever had in the states, and probably the best we´ve ever had. We kind of had to go back to our hotel and take a little two-hour siesta after lunch.
We only have a few minutes of internet tonight, so no more pictures, but I can report that our final excursion in Venezuela, a two-day tour of the Gran Sabana area in the south, was really awesome, one of the highlights of the country. Hopefully we can write more and post some pics of the beautiful waterfalls, jasper (semi-precious red stone) earth, and other great stuff we saw there soon.
Tomorrow we are off for three nights in the Amazon rainforest, then probably jumping on an overnight bus toward Guyana, so it may be a while til we are back online. Love to all. Please post some comments with questions for us and-or e-mail us with updates on what is new in your life!!