This whole website, all my ramblings, photos and everything in between, was created during a 9 month backpacking adventure in South America. I really wish I’d started earlier when I first wandered, ate and scuba dived around South-East Asia but what can you do. Did WordPress exist in April 2008? *Goes straight to Google, WordPress began on May 27th 2003*. Dammit.
Anyway, I had 100 days remaining of my South American tour and I wanted to record the awesome, sometimes bizarre and often tasty things I was experiencing. I saw it also as a way to let my family and friends go beyond the pretty Facebook album and hear about things that needed more than a one word caption.
So, the blog began in Arequipa, Peru. I have to admit with hindsight the early blogs were bad. I just typed and nonsense came out which is why I won’t be sharing those below although they are still on here somewhere…
Here’s a random selection of my blogs from the end of my South American trip in 2011 which should hopefully give you an insight into my life on the road (in a coach).
The Facts and Figures of my South American Adventure -how many bus journeys did I take? Which was the longest or shortest? How many different places did I sleep? How much money did I spend in March or how much money did I spend in Peru? What was the highest altitude I reached? And so on and so on…
Magical, Mystical Machu Picchu – the story of my very early morning trip up the many, many steep Incan steps to Machu Picchu and details of the best bit Wayna Picchu.
Border Crossings, A Brick Wall? – having travelled from Venezuela all the way down to Argentina by bus I had to cross quite a view borders, sometimes easy often stressful but always interesting.
Bolivian Madness on the Death Road – I did it, I survived biking all the way down the Death Road which at one time was the world’s most dangerous road. This was thrilling and definitely fast, I would recommend you give it a go!
Where did all the Change Go? – ¿Tienes diez Bolivianos? The wait for change in Bolivia and most of South America was painful. I had problems getting change throughout South America. No-one ever had change or so they said, change was just too precious.
Suspicious Balls – Read about my scary experience with the army police on a night bus in Argentina going from Tucuman to Mendoza.
Bakeries Rule Especially in Argentina – mmm the tasty delights of an Argentinian bakery, who knew?! My obsession with dulce de leche started here.
The South American Bus Experience – after spending a day and/or a night on a South American bus you can do anything!
Lake Titicaca, an Ocean not a Lake – Lake Titicaca in my experience was best viewed from Bolivia. The most gorgeous, glistening blue you could ever imagine which goes on endlessly for miles. I knew it was huge but I really didn’t think it would look so enormous.