That Time I Was Attacked by Vampire Bats in Ecuador

On Flashback Fridays I reflect back on some of my past travels and travel mishaps before I started this blog: Follow on Twitter at #FlashbackFri

A few years ago I traveled to 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!
Turns out I ended up working for the British Civil Service - which was not quite what I had in mind all those years ago - but that didn't stop me from dreaming about my jungle adventures. When we arrived in Tena, Ecuador, my fantasies of living the life of an explorer finally came true. Not only was I about to embark on a steamy jungle trek, but I was also staying in a tree house overlooking the mighty Amazon River. And so remote was our lodge that the only way to reach it was via a zip line. In your face Tarzan!
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.
If you want to know what happened next continue reading here.

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