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    It's the amazing Amazon


    TARANTULA ALERT


    SCORPION ALERT


    That's a warning for the more sensitive readers I've been told there are some

    The first two photos of the latest post are of a tarantula and a scorpion. If they give you the shudders just scroll right past them.

    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...mazing-amazon/

    There's also a new This Nomadic Life post about the sneaky tricks of the mind.

    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...erve-the-mind/

    I am in heaven watching the entire season on dvd from Skate America onwards. So far I'm up to TEB.
    After seeing D&W's FD at SA I fell in love with it, with them - suddenly saw something in them I'd never seen before
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    Thank you, Ali. Funnily enough I can cope with scorpions no problem, even though (as I'm sure people will know) they're also arachnids. Well, I might scroll through until surely they must be gone...... Thanks for the warning.
    I hear outside a million panicking birds, and know even out there comfort is done with; it has shattered even the stars, this creature at last come home to me.

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    I think your photos are as close as I want to get to a scorpion, tarantula, or that colorful rattlesnake!
    Fascinating adventures, as always; literally, as well as intellectually and spiritually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orientalplane View Post
    Thank you, Ali. Funnily enough I can cope with scorpions no problem, even though (as I'm sure people will know) they're also arachnids. Well, I might scroll through until surely they must be gone...... Thanks for the warning.
    I didn't know scorpions are arachnids. But then if you think about it they're certainly not insects and they have to be one or the other. Read what I've written above the spidey pics before you very quickly whizz past them - it's kind of the intro to the jungle.


    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    I think your photos are as close as I want to get to a scorpion, tarantula, or that colorful rattlesnake!
    Fascinating adventures, as always; literally, as well as intellectually and spiritually.
    Thanks skatesindreams. Yes, it's certainly a journey, on all levels. I guess I have snakes on the brain. I almost typed snakesindreams
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    Snakes are definitely not part of my dreams!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    Yes it's true about Cyprus, and we rest here in a way we wouldn't if we were in Vancouver.
    As much as I miss you in Vancouver, I'm glad you're in Cyprus resting.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    I'm glad you're in Cyprus resting.
    So am I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    As much as I miss you in Vancouver, I'm glad you're in Cyprus resting.
    Thanks. I miss you too, but boy are we resting. I'm discovering laziness in a way I never have before. I'm not quite comfortable with it. I keep wanting to be full of energy and active again, though I must say things have improved a lot since we've been here.
    I can't thank you enough for the dvd's. It's part of the healing of package - lazing around watching skating and eating ice-cream for some part of every day

    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    So am I.
    Thank you <3
    We are slowly recovering. Going for short walks most days. Even that is an improvement. And my hip is much better.
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    Glad you are feeling better, ali, and thanks as always for sharing your amazing journey with us. I was particularly amazed at the stick insect and the walking trees!

    I have been in Kentucky for a week, which is not as exotic but is nevertheless very cool. I will send you some pics once I'm home and get through a couple of days of work.

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    Thanks sk8pics. Isn't that stick insect incredible?! You'd never know it isn't a twig of a tree it's so realistic. We were amazed by it, and by the walking tree. And by so many things there.
    I'd love to see some pics of Kentucky. I can't remember if I've been there or not . Is the Jack Daniels distillery in Kentucky? If it is then I was there about 35 years ago
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    NO SPIDERS!

    Just a poisonous red caterpillar, a snake, and a couple of toothy fish

    The second post about our adventures in the amazon jungle is now ready. I hope you all enjoy it. It was an extraordinary and exotic time. It wasn't always comfortable, but definitely worth it.

    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...mazing-amazon/
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    Wow, to the entire post!
    The flora and fauna aside, I particularly love your photograph of the beautiful little girl wearing the pink shirt.
    Last edited by skatesindreams; 05-05-2014 at 07:23 PM.

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    Glad you are feeling better, Ali, and also thanks for the lack of tarantulas this time. What a lovely, lovely journal entry, especially the pictures of the human and non-human inhabitants. I very much liked the little bat, the bright orange fungus, the gorgeous green snake with its patterned back coiling itself around a tree, the red and yellow caterpillar whose colours shout out, "Don't you dare eat me!", the beautiful macaws and hoatzins, the caiman hiding away in the luxuriant leaves of a plant I don't know and wish I did, and the sheer greenness of everything. Also, that little girl in the bright pink top is going to break a few hearts when she grows up!

    It seems such a pity to introduce a heavyweight topic of sadness and concern, but I wonder for how many more generations the Amazon rainforest will stretch so far and wide, and what further destruction will do to the environment of not just South America, but of the whole world. We can only hope that its value will be seen for all that it is, and serious measures taken to prevent the various ways in which it is vanishing.
    Last edited by orientalplane; 05-05-2014 at 11:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    Wow, to the entire post!
    The flora and fauna aside, I particularly love your photograph of the beautiful little girl wearing the pink shirt.
    Isn't she a beauty?! All the kids were just delightful once they got over their brief initial shyness.

    Quote Originally Posted by orientalplane View Post
    Glad you are feeling better, Ali, and also thanks for the lack of tarantulas this time. What a lovely, lovely journal entry, especially the pictures of the human and non-human inhabitants. I especially liked the little bat, the bright orange fungus, the gorgeous green snake with its patterned back coiling itself around a tree, the red and yellow caterpillar whose colours shout out, "Don't you dare eat me!", the beautiful macaws and hoatzins, the caiman hiding away in the luxuriant leaves of a plant I don't know and wish I did, and the sheer greenness of everything. Also, that little girl in the bright pink top is going to break a few hearts when she grows up!

    It seems such a pity to introduce a heavyweight topic of sadness and concern, but I wonder for how many more generations the Amazon rainforest will stretch so far and wide, and what further destruction will do to the environment of not just South America, but of the whole world. We can only hope that its value will be seen for all that it is, and serious measures taken to prevent the various ways in which it is vanishing.
    I'm feeling much better thanks. I guess everyone needs to be thoroughly lazy from time to time
    Thankyou for your lovely compliment. I really enjoyed putting this post together. I was completely taken by the fungus - such unexpected beauty. Same with the snake - gorgeous colours, and the caterpillar. Beauty in surprising places. I wish we'd been able to get closer to the hoatzins. Apparently they're quite clumsy and don't scare easily so if it wasn't for the lagoon we probably could have gotten quite close to them. I was absolutely thrilled to see macaws in the wild! I'd seen them several times over the years in bird sanctuaries. I think there's one in the conservatory in Vancouver, but nothing compares to seeing birds/animals in their natural habitat.

    I know at least the part of the Amazon we were in is a national reserve of over a million acres (or hectares - can't remember which) so that at least is safe. I also know there are parts of the jungle being destroyed by mining, and of course by farmers in Brazil. But most of it is safe I think. I've always thought that if I were a millionaire the charities I would give to first would be to those working to save the rain forests of the world. If we don't have forests we don't have oxygen, and that's just about the end of it.
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    Another beautiful post, ali, thank you so much. I was at the vampire fish. But wow, you swam with dolphins, how wonderful! And they were in their own natural place. It all looks very beautiful. And to your comment about the happiness of the local people under some harsh circumstances, that has been my experience in Guatemala, too. The poorest people are often the happiest and most generous. Obviously not always, but I've met a quite a few like that.

    BTW, ali, I emailed you some pictures, actually a link to some.

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    Thanks so much sk8pics. I was at the vampire fish too. I'd never seen anything like it. I would love to get to Guatemala, not least because I have close friends living there, but it just hasn't happened yet. I also have found that generally the 'poorest' people are happy but I don't mean those living in truly dire circumstances. It is those people who are materially poor by western standards but have housing, and close community, and most importantly clean water and enough to eat. Most of these people live close to nature and I think it feeds their souls in a way that people living in sealed structures in cities just don't get.
    I got your email. Thanks. Sometimes I get lazy about replying to meals, but I will soon I promise
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    Yes, I think you are right, ali, and you out it very well. No worries about the email, just wanted to make sure you knew it was there.

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    I have two new blog posts ready.

    The first is a poem about healing my weary body after 6 months in South America
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...ogress-report/

    And the latest travel post is about this spectacular festival we went to in Peru
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/20...of-candelaria/

    I've been watching vids of M&M on DWTS. Meryl! who knew?! She is fabulous!
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    Oh my, ali, your poem is lovely and touching. I am so glad to know you, if only a little bit. I will read the other blog post later, but I had to immediately tell you how lovely the poem is.

    I remember on the TV show, Touched by an Angel, one of the characters once said, "I had a choice. I chose to love."

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