As described in more detail in Down the Creek, I had the good fortune this month of taking a long-awaited voyage on a cargo ship from Porto Velho, Rondônia to Manaus, Amazonas. My photos from the entire trip (including time in each city and on the rivers in between) is in my Rio Madeira 2023 folder on Flickr. I promise, this is an edited set of photos, with all (or most) of the duds removed). I am gradually adding annotations to many of those photos.
|Photo credit: JHB (see note below)|
- Madeira 2023 - Intro (for some reason I did this single clip in Portuguese)
- Madeira 2023 - Animals
- Madeira 2023 - Watermelons
- Madeira 2023 - River
- Madeira 2023 - Boats
- Madeira 2023 - People
- Madeira 2023 - Amazon
- Madeira 2023 - Wedding of the Waters
- Madeira 2023 - Botos
- Madeira 2023 - Manaus
I hope you enjoy these. Please alert me to any glitches!
A note about the photo above:
For those who DO know the city, its three water towers -- As Três Caixas D'Água -- are a favorite symbol. So when I was waiting for Miguel to do some work downtown on my first day, I walked a few blocks to get a selfie. I must say I'm proud of myself, because it is really tricky to get them all in the frame! They were built at the same time as the city itself, from 1910-1912, and they are made of material similar to the locomotive engines that were brought here from Philadelphia, London, and Bremen as part of the rubber trade.
The railroad failed, but the town persisted. That is a century of history in six words; it's more complicated. A mural on the plaza adjacent to the towers depicts much of that history -- the "Introduction" video above is my attempt to describe that mural in Portuguese.