|T r i p t o B a r c e l o s
Friday, 20 September 1996
Back last night from 12 days in Barcelos with Gerry, a Chicagoan whos playing a supporting role in my project. Barcelos is a small town about halfway up the Rio Negro between Manaus and Venezuela.
Overall, Id say the trip was successful, and I was real pleased with certain aspects, but disappointed with others, which nevertheless were probably indicative of what lies ahead. The thing that most pleased me was the feeling that Im perfectly competent to tackle all aspects of the study. Although that doesnt surprise me, its rewarding to know that this study really is feasible. The main stumbling blocks are time and money, which are intimately related.
The way these trips work is that when I get to the area I want to study, I usually end up spending a few days in whatever little town is there figuring out where the good areas of forest are, getting permissions, arranging transportation to the forest, gathering supplies, etc. etc. etc. I almost always meet the mayor, talk to the town leaders; its the way to get things done.
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