On my trip through Java, Indonesia I clearly see the differences in our cultures. I’m at a animal marked where you can buy just about any pet animal you’d like. The street is packed with small cages stacked close up against each other. Cats against birds and dogs. Monkeys above bats and small spray painted baby chickens in all different colours.
Heat, noise, sweat, dirt, drinks & dance, girls, boys, men & women, bands, music & party – I’m in Rio and it’s the time of carnival! Thousands of people gathers in the streets to dance while bands are playing loud brazilian samba songs from moving stages. Love fills the steaming streets as I stand by the side looking and smiling. Before long I’m puled into the crowd and tries to dance along. The air is constantly shining with foam and glitter tossed from below. In all the chaos, the happiness, the celebration and the extreme heat I look up, above the stage and higher than the shining glitter, at the top of a tree. I see to birds looking and smiling.
As I begin my journey down the cost line of Peru I start to see new things. Our stop at Paracas National Reserve was differently worth it. From the city – Paracas – we took on a boat ride into the pacific ocean to some small islands. These island where called “the Galapagos for the poor” by the tourists we met on our way. But even though it smelled like years of old bird poop it was a really nice trip where we saw seals, birds, pelicans and even a few penguins.
After a night at a Wal-mart parking lot in Tallahassee we’re now in Tampa. We started our first day here looking for used guitars and as it was Black Friday we of course went to a near by Best Buy to get some good deals. Last day before driving to Miami we went to a swamp to see alligators and other amazing swamp life.
The time is flying away as we travel and now after two weeks we have only just left California and have more than 20 states ahead of us. It looks like we have some long drives coming but for now we’re going to relax after a good day of hiking in Grand Canyon and as we’re sleeping in our car we have to cook our dinner on the open fire.