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by globe trotter
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 6, 2000
Stop by a local diner, visit the chocolate shop or pop into one of several excellent bakeries that the city is blessed with. It won't take long to get to know and love this well-kept, fun-to-visit Lake Michigan community with its long-standing maritime heritage. Located south of the far more popular tourist destination of Door County-- in essence Wisconsin's version of Cape Cod -- Manitowoc offers an alternative to the crushing crowds and higher prices as a working community with a true Great Lakes personality all of its own. (There's even a little bit of a lakeshore accent, if you listen closely). It won't take long to make it your own and you will have developed a welcome respite in this friendly harbor that you can come back to time and again.
From journal Iquitos sounds like Mosquitos
Expect no privacy (rooms are built in a long barn like construction they are divided into private twins & are segregated by four, 8 feet walls but they have no ceilings & are open up to the roof which stretches across the whole 'barn'), no en-suite bathrooms, no running water, no electricity.
Expect to commune with nature, not be surprised if one of the domesticated kakabaras tries to jump into bed with you & not be afraid if a giant black spider drops from the eaves onto you mosquito net in the middle of the night - at least you're on the inside!
This place is really not for the faint of heart - it is a wonderful way to see the Amazon & support eco-tourism but it's not for everybody.