Friday, October 8, 2010

The ABCs of South America (6) - National Independence Everywhere

The ABCs of South America is an alphabetical arrangement of the most memorable parts of my South America trip in the summer of 2010. You can start at the beginning here.

I is for Iguazu Falls and Independence

I is such a fantastic letter.

Iguazu falls is a series of waterfalls on the border between Brazil and Argentina. It's twice the size of Niagara falls (in surface area) and FIVE TIMES the flow (i.e. The amount of water going over Iguazu in one day takes five days to go over Niagara). Add that all up and it puts Niagara to shame.

I was going to upload some pictures, but none really capture the sheer size and majesty of it. It doesn't all fit nicely into one photo. If you REALLY want to see photos, you can see the photos in my Facebook Album here. It's something you really have to see in person! And if you ever go, just FYI, the Argentinian side is cooler than the Brazilian side.

I will leave you with one story, however:
When we visited the Argentinian side, we went on this boat ride into the mist of the waterfalls. It's kind of like the Maid of the Mist at Niagara falls (if you've been), except you get MUCH wetter. Anyway, that's not the point of the story. When we were on the boat, there was this guy that looked EXACTLY like the doctor from Human Centipede (the horror movie where the evil doctor sews people together to make a human centipede). That's not even the best part! HE WAS WEARING A RAINBOW BEANIE:

He's thinking, "I sure do miss my three-dog."
The beanie makes him look much less creepy and evil.
OK I bet for most of you who read that anecdote, it went *swoosh* over you head. But for the ONE person who read it, saw the photos, and went "YES! AMAZING! I TOTALLY SEE IT", I salute you, sir.

Moving on to the second I of the day, Independence. During our trip we happened to spend three Independence days on our trip. The first was Peruvian Independence:
Translation: "Let's Celebrate Together the 189th Anniversary of the Independence of Peru"

The second was Bolivian Independence:
They celebrate Independence right in Bolivia.

And the third was Argentinian Independence:
Everyone was at Iguazu Falls for Independence Day :( So crowded!
Three Independences in three weeks, that's gotta be some sort of record.

Whew, and that's the letter I.

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