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Positive jungle memories make up for a month of hell


Simon leaves for western civilisation
Redmond O'Hanlon Writer
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He really wanted to go. We got back to Culimacare's village, and that was the last time that he could get away before we went to try and find the Yanomami. And the Venezuelan Marines, such as they are, took him away downriver. But he was very pleased to be going, and he got to a hotel, and he did exactly what he said he would do: have a wonderful meal in Caracas, and then have it again. And he had carpaccio and lots and lots of wine, and they all came to look at him out of the kitchen, because he said, 'Now, I'll have exactly the same again.' And he did. And then got up to his room, and of course, his stomach had shrunk. And there was terrible throwing up all night.

British author Redmond O’Hanlon writes about his journeys into some of the wildest places in the world. His travels have taken him into the jungles of the Congo and the Amazon, he has faced some of the toughest tribes alive today, and has sailed in the hurricane season on a trawler in the North Atlantic. In all of this, he explores the extremes of human existence with passion, wit and erudition.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: Venezuela, Venezuelan Marine Corps, Simon Stockton

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: July - September 2008

Date story went live: 11 August 2009