from Polina's diary
Last night we have arrived in Manaus after a long flight from Amsterdam, via São Paolo. A good thing I have made friends with the cabin crew, who have showed me around the airplane. Brazil looks so impressive from the sky, all the mountains, plains, forests and rivers. Not at all like The Netherlands, where I am from.
In Manaus you can feel the jungle is around you. It was already dark when we drove to the Mango Guest house from the airport. But I could see big trees everywhere. But it is also a very big city (with 2.7 Million inhabitants). Mike told us at breakfast, there are 30.000 new people arriving every year, who think living in the city will be better for them.
The Mango Guest House is a nice place, with rooms which are around a big tropical garden. We are staying in the Piranha room. When I woke up it did not take long for me to find out that Maxine, Alberto and Kai are in the Tucunare room. The names of the rooms are all fishes from the Amazon River. On the rooms are beautiful paintings of every fish.
Who could have expected, that we would start our expedition with a big splash in the swimming pool of the guest house. Probably the last swimming pool which we will see, because swimming at the Uakari lodge, where we are going from here, is dangerous, because of the crocodiles and piranhas in the water.
After breakfast Maxine told me what the children have been doing so far. Her report of letting the baby turtles out of their nests under the sand crawling to the sea is so exciting! I have made a drawing of the turtles, which we can put on the blog later. Well, that's it for now. In a minute we will be going to the zoo, to see all the animals before we, hopefully, meet them in the wild. Later this afternoon we will go to a special place, where two rivers stream together (Encontro das Aguas). Both have a different colour, which mixes into one.
We have brought a vaccine against rabies with us, which we have stored in the fridge of the guest house. It is just in case any of us gets bitten by an animal. Professor Ab gave it to us before we left. But the best advice he could give us: don't let an animals bite you.