On Flashback Fridays I reflect back on some of my past travels and travel mishaps before I started this blog (follow at #FlashbackFri): A few years ago I traveled to Tena Ecuador to what would be my first ever encounter with the mighty Amazon Rainforest. Most of you who know me know that I love jungles. It all started with the Jungle Book as a toddler, then Tarzan at primary school, Indiana Jones at middle school, and then I started reading stories about El Dorado during my Spanish classes at high school. I was hooked. I was intrigued. I wanted to be an explorer!
When we embarked on our jungle trek I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Were there going to be jaguars, snakes or poisonous spiders that would attack me? It turned out that I would indeed be attacked. Not by snakes or jaguars, but by animals I least expected in the jungle – Vampire Bats. There was a point during our trek, where the only way forward was to climb up a small rock canyon. It was really narrow and quite dark and I couldn’t help but notice some weird chirping noises and a very penetrating smell – Chris was behind me so that ruled him out – so I climbed on until something flew straight in my face. And then another thing. And another 10. All of the sudden we were surrounded.
It turned out that we just awoke some sleeping vampire bats who were none too happy that we’d disturbed their sleep. Problem was that I was stuck between the two canyon walls we were climbing. In fact the only thing that was holding me up was my bum on one wall and my feet on the other wall. Shielding off attacking bats in that position was a bit of a challenge to say the least, but luckily the bats soon disappeared again. I had always thought that vampire bats live in Transylvania, but it turns out that they actually live in the Amazon – particularly in Tena Ecuador.