You may remember reading recently about our trip to the Orinoco Delta during Carnaval. Well, one thing I didn’t include in that post was a mention of how the Orinoco flows. Until we arrived at the Delta Lodge I had lived my life thinking that Enya’s classic song was simply well-written easy listening — a mystical song about a South American river and travelling by boat. Upon our arrival and subsequent discovery of how the river moves, I was overjoyed: “Now I have seen what Enya must have seen! This is surely where the song comes from.” And I held onto that joy all through the trip and really up to just a couple minutes ago when, as I was researching to find support for my conjecture, otherwise learned that the “Orinoco” in the song was the name of her recording studio in England and the song was just a metaphor for the journey they would take as musicians. What a letdown!
No matter, the river is still better than the song and the lyrics don’t really make sense in terms of the river flow anyways. So get this: within the delta, the flow of the river changes every 5 or 6 hours. So the plants you see floating by in the video below, just flow back and forth, back and forth, back and forth in a regular rhythm. It’s all sorts of fino camburity.
And just in case you want to save yourself the time of looking it up (cause you know you want to):