Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ten things about long-term travelling that I had never thought about‏

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– You NEVER have enough time to talk to your friends or parents, or to look at your pictures carefully

– Long-term travelling is by no means a “vacation” as some people seem to think… Yes, it’s fun, but it’s also hard work. You always have to think about what to do in the place you are NOW, as well as plan where to go next, and book the tickets, as well as a place to stay (or find a couchsurfing host ofcourse)

– Waking up at 4am to go somewhere exciting is actually quite fine (especially if you spent 5 years of your life waking up at 8.30 am to go somewhere extremely boring)

– Four pairs of socks, four t-shirts, two pairs of leggings, two skirts, six pairs of underwear, three pairs of shoes and two jackets are enough, as you have to wash clothes every 4-5 days pretty much anyway! (but ofcourse I have about double the amount of those clothes… time to get rid of some)

– Makeup is totally unnecessary (but I have three different nail polish colours with me… that’s called an addiction), and you can wash your hair and your body with a 2-in-1 shampoo 

– There is always a new exciting street food to try (so far I haven´t had the traveller´s diarrhea… waiting to see where it will hit me, I hope not on the top of some mountain) and therefore I don´t really miss Greek food too much (but when dad said that mom is making tiropita, I actually realized that I do)

– The almost absolute liberty that a traveller has is rather hard to handle at times (where to go next? south, or north? how long do I want to spend online searching for flights? do I want to take another bus for 20 hours? is it gonna rain where I am going?)

– Packing and unpacking your backpack yet once more is extremely tiring (especially if you have bought some souvenirs that you need to re-pack)

– Packing and unpacking your backpack yet once more is extremely exciting, as it means that you are going to a new place

– Not everyone you meet on the street or in a bar wants to rob you or drug you, instead they may just be interested in you

And one specific thing for Latinamerica… Italian, Portuguese and Spanish are essentially the same language!

People who haven´t travelled for a long time will probably not understand most of the above – as I wouldn´t one year ago… 

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What have I been doing since February?

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It is 31st March, and I´m now in Peru… and my last entry is for Pipa beach in Brazil back in February…

Since then sooooo many things have happened… I´ve been to so many places, met so many people…

Fernando de Noronha, Recife, Olinda, back to Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguazu, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Salta, La Quiaca, Tupiza, 3-day-jeep tour in Uyuni desert, Uyuni, La Paz, Lago Titicaca, back to La Paz, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu tomorrow… And who knows where next.

According to Googlemaps, this is almost 9,000 kms… Wow. I hadn´t realized… That was 5 flights and 8 buses (the longest bus trip was 19 hours long…) Nowadays I really don´t notice a 2-3 hour bus ride!

So, am I ready for a 21-hour-bus ride to Lima? Hm…