Why Wait World Tour: Parte Dos
June 6, 2017
Round 1: Sixteen weeks, 5 countries. We skied in epic powder in Japan; hiked the tallest peak in Vietnam; scootered without losing any limbs; scuba dived with turtles in Thailand; trekked to the base of the tallest mountain in the world; visited so many Buddhist temples that I lost count; ate street food without getting sick, just-caught sushi, and steak from a cow who's lineage could be traced 3 generations; learned to make Thai curry; and met some of the warmest, welcoming people imaginable. We learned to say "hello" (Mingalaba! Namaste!) and "thank you" (Arigato gozaimasu!) in 5 languages. And for all of you who laugh at my pie charts, managed to stay under budget.
And then we flew back to Boston: one graduation, one wedding, visits with our families, dinners with friends, trips to the storage unit.
After 3 weeks, our bags are re-packed and we are ready to hit the dusty trail. A new continent awaits, with a language a little less foreign. Our first stop: Lima, Peru.
In our time home, the conversations with family and friends has gone like this:
Curious person: "Where are you going next?" Us: "South America."
"Which part?" "All of it. Except probably not Venezuela."
"How long are you going to be there?" "Until we're done."
Yeah, it sounds a little cavalier, but we don't mean it that way. We really do plan to visit most countries in South America, and other than the first few weeks - Lima to Cusco to Macchu Pichu - we only have a general overview. We plan to work clockwise from Peru, to Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and somehow fit in Bolivia and Paraguay where appropriate. We want to hit Patagonia no earlier than September, when winter starts rolling into spring and our final stop on mainland South America will probably be Santiago, the jumping off point for Easter Island. From there, we will "go west, young (wo)man!" until we hit New Zealand and Australia. So we have an outline, and the knowledge and acceptance that it may change at any moment.
Stay posted for delayed updates on Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. Buen Viaje!