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By Michael:
The Amazon River, Manaus, BrazilIt all started in December 29, 2010. I had a drink with one of my friends in the Notaris, a grand cafe in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. Nothing out of the ordinary. Then I saw that beautiful Brazilian girl.

 

We entered into a conversation and she explained that she was on holiday with her friend.  Anyway, I found myself lost in love on first sight that night. Until this happening I lived a quite organized life with a good job, house and car. Satisfied with everything in my pretty well structured environment.

 

She went back to Brazil, but we skyped and talked as good as every day. Eventually after some months, I decided to book a flight to Brazil and visit her. That holiday in Manaus was my first experience in Brazil. During time our affection grew stronger and stronger. We had some more travels to each others country before we decided that one of us should move permanently, so that we could be together. And that is why I decided to leave everything behind in order to start a new life with my sweetheart.

 

The move to Brazil.

Inevitably I had to quit my job and sell my apartment. In February 2012 I took my belongings, a flight to Manaus and started a completely new life, far away from my family and my secure Dutch environment. Yes, I took the risk to move to the unknown.

 

The first months were great, but after some time insecurity started to build up. I discovered how hard it was to find a job. Money disappeared as snow under the Brazilian sun and the culture is almost the opposite of that in Holland. I was forced to adjust myself to many things. There and than I realized how easy live in Holland was for me, with almost everything securely in place. Than it became apparent to me that I took this for granted all those years.

 

After a few more months in Manaus I was at the point of return to Holland, caused by lack of money and no job for the desperately needed income. We agreed that we would try one more month and than…. something marvelous happened: I received a call from a big international company that wanted to hire me. I was over the moon, it was exactly what we needed.

 

Manaus, March 2015.

Looking back fills me with happiness, really happy with the step I made, no regrets at all. Manaus is awsome, the people are so friendly and hospitable. They live their tranquil lives despite circumstances. Hurry up is an unpopular word here. To be in a hurry, as is almost normal in Holland, is avoided here at all costs. This sometimes  is still a problem within me that I have to overcome. In Holland, when you ask to do something, it happens fast. Not here, though. Action here is taken at their right moment, in the fulness of time, to use a biblical frase for the phenomenon. Even buying something in the supermarket can easily take up an hour.

 

Animals everywhere in AmazoniaBut I like the brazilian life style. I don’t see super stressed people here. Nothing has to happen yesterday. Tranquil is the word they love. I am quick to adapt to it. What I admire here most of all is the awesome Amazon Rainforest and the mighty Amazon River. I assure you that, when you like traveling you really need to travel to Manaus, take a river trip and permit the Amazon to impress you. Its uniqueness does flabbergast you for sure. The animals, birds, butterflies, fish, insects and vegetation offer a myriad of bright colors in beautiful settings.

 

The Photo Gallery on my Amazon-Exploring site is a good starting point to discover there what I try to explain to you about the specialities of the Amazon. In short: my future in Manaus Amazon, Brazil, looks bright. I am glad that I dared pursue my dream.

 

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