My family and I spent the last week in "El Oriente," the Amazon jungle in the east of Ecuador. We stayed at Kapawi, a collection of about twenty huts on the Pastaza river, in the middle of a bunch of Achuar communities. As usual, I've been taking a ton of photos, which I'll post at some point in the future. In line with typical echeng adventures, I have roughly 80 to 100 sandfly bites on my arms and hands. I hate those little critters.
We're in Quito for the day before heading off to the Galapagos tomorrow. I'll be back on the 26th and will probably not have internet access until then.
My anti-malarial medication (Lariam) is giving me some pretty crazy dreams! When I took it in Africa two years ago, it wasn't this "bad."
I have more news, too -- I'm going to be... sort of homeless for the next year. Some friends will be living in my place while I float around. I'm not sure where I will be yet, as I have taken the "rent first, plan later" approach, but I will be out of my place starting from mid-September. My rough plan is to carry out my existing schedule until December (which will keep me in the Bay Area or at my parents' place in San Diego roughly 50% of the time), and then go somewhere for an extended leave. I will probably end up in Saipan (where Sarah Pont has gone, temporarily) for at least a month. I'm not sure yet.
Exciting? Yes. Scary? Maybe. :)