On our third day, it was time to go visit the locals!
We jumped into our canoe and paddled away. It was quite the workout, but is it weird I found it quite fun?
We arrived at a simple hut, with children running around and animals playing about them.
They were all so welcoming, full of bright smiles and mischief looks children always carry. They were a family of a total of 16 children! They’d build their own house, and everyone slept in hammocks. There is currently no electricity in place, and they grow everything they consume.
They live mostly off mandioca (manioc), which they grow and grind into a flour, using the gigantic pan below to cook it (how else do you feed so many mouths?!)
Chickens and roosters are used for eggs and meat.
And of course there is no local chemist! The plant above soothes insect bites and helps with scaring.
The manioc plantation. This should last them for year to come, until the soil becomes too used and they need to move the plantation elsewhere.
The friendly neighbourhood spider!
Urucum is a natural dye – the seeds are a vibrant red!
The youngest, Affonso, was such a sweetheart. Only three years old and such a fun little one!
The children attend school by a local boat that picks them up, they make their own toys, and run around barefoot and free. They help with the house and the washing (which is done in the river) and have so much energy!
No videogames, no television, no electricity. So much connection to nature and creativity, it was such a world apart from the families in London!