The next morning I met Colin for a lazy morning before our roads would be separated - me to the jungles and him to Máncora, to celebrate the 4th of July, by getting dead drunk. We really connected since we had met in this delusional town, which offers jungle lite tours in the morning, and cocktail bars at night and a lot of quiet in between.
After breakfast we lied on the lawn in the well maintained sunny plaza. Around us locals passed in midst of weekly errands, sending us curious looks.
"Why do we have to leave?" I asked him. "We're not" he answered, but I knew it wasn't true. For me the impulse to continue and discover was stronger than my need for tranquility. And for him, 4th of July was stronger than anything, even here in Peru. At least this is what I thought.
At some point we decided to get up from the grass to start packing for the journey. And then came a kiss that couldn't have been a good bye kiss. He wanted me to join him on to Máncora.
This is a place I never thought I would visit - a beach town full of drugs and parties. But suddenly it sounded a bit cool - to take a pause from being alone, and divert the route I had in my head.
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The next morning I continued to Tarapoto, a large touristic city, at least for local tourism and very odd looking Gringos, four hours drive away (beautiful and amazing drive!) in transit called here Kombi.
This area is beautiful to die for - dense moister green, tens of shades on each other, high mountains surrounded by clouds, and brown river are winding leisurely.
With great sorrow we said goodbye to the town and drove back through a beautiful mountain pass, crossing the border and driving in the direction of Kranj and Ljubljana’s airport. It was a great ending to an exciting trip that was a grand celebration of nature.
Walking down from Anna Frank's house south to the Museumplein (a square in Amsterdam where three major museums are located: Van-Gogh, Rijcsmuseum, and Stedelijk museum) I saw the eastern entry to the big Vondelpark, one of the biggest parks in Amsterdam. It was a sunny day, and many people were having a picnic on the grass or riding their bicycles through the park roads.
For one weekend each year, a selection of canal houses and museums open their doors to the public and reveal the beautiful gardens hidden behind Amsterdam's brick facades. For some (mostly elderly) people it's a dream came true.. to stroll into some of the most amazing houses in one of the world's most beautiful cities and catch a glimpse of how the locals live. Well, the wealthy ones anyway.
The open Garden Days took place from 14 to 16 June, exactly at the weekend I was there. this event is very popular, the three-day pass costs 15.00 euros.
For 75 euros, you can get a small boat (we were 3 people and a dog) for 2-3 hours cruise, and navigate on your own through the canals and the Amstel river. It's a very pleasant way to have an Amsterdam tour, slowly, with a bottle of wine, just watch out for the big fancy boats.
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The next day we remembered we missed visiting the stave church at kaupanger. We visited it and it seems less impressive than what I saw in the pictures. Visit in the place cost 50 krone.
The church was built in 1184 and well decorated from the inside. It looks like an upside down viking ship.