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We end where we began?

The beginning

Summing up La Aventura Project in one post has left us here staring at a blank page for weeks now.  The same questions run through our heads: “What did we do?” and, “What did we accomplish?”  The jump back into life in the USA was quick, and we were immediately left with little time outside of work, back to normal US life.  The world we came from was stuck in the backs of our minds, left to dwell in occasional yearnings and stories misunderstood by their listeners.  When I have a street food craving at 11pm there is no friendly woman selling tortillas across the street.  Saddening, but it’s also nice to have a kitchen.

Here is a quick list of answers to some of the more popular questions we have been getting from friends and family:
Yes, they did in fact have electricity in Latin America.
Yes, we got sick a few times from the food.  But it was all delicious and we don’t regret trying everything!
No, we did not notice any drug cartel activity.
No, we don’t plan on settling down now or buying a house or anything like that.

Trying to make a list of our accomplishments sounded corny but I did it anyways to brag a little bit:
Learned Spanish to an intermediate level in which we could have decent conversations.
Traveled to 10 countries without flying.
Got engaged!
Learned much more about Latin American history than we did at school, more than most North Americans know.
Hiked the Inca Trail.
Built our blog into a resource for other travelers.

Regrets:  I wish we could have done more volunteering, but maybe you could say that we were more like scouts, examining the playing field.  We did have two stays at WWOOF farms, one in Colombia and another in Ecuador.  It would be fun to check out some more WWOOF farms in Central America someday.

The travel at first was much easier than I expected.  The roads were paved and the buses as nice as the Megabus that we took in the United States.  But as we entered Bolivia our luck was about the change.  It was there that we experienced transportation strikes and washed out highways.  Bolivia was by far the most “out there” country we visited.

La Aventura Project started as a film project and a longing to escape from it all.  Along the way we wrote more and more and eventually were able to use the website to make the adventure last longer.  We passed through phases of preferring writing over filming and vis-a-versa.  Near the end we really dreaded the thought of returning to the grind of working class society.  Here everyone makes little problems seem like the end of the world.  There there were real problems.

The future: We will continue adding to the website and will be posting hostel reviews by guest writes.  (More info if you are interested.)  Our goal is for the website to grow and continue as we start posting our travel tales from the States.  We’ll be beginning the US section of the website in September when we take a road trip across the northwest in the process of moving to California!  We’re also working hard to edit the documentary and we’ll post updates on that front as it gets done.

Ending where we began: So now we find ourselves in much the same place we were in when the seed of the idea for La Aventura Project began.  Making the most of the US and working hard to save money for future adventures.  Dreaming and trying to decide which continent to conquer next.  Asia?  Africa?  Europe?  South again to finally make it all the way to Patagonia?  We have no idea where we should go, but luckily we have awhile to decide as we work to replenish our bank accounts.  The only sure thing is that we can’t stay here for too long, so una nueva aventura is unquestionably on the horizon.

“There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Christopher McCandless

Chau chicos.

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About Zach

Zach seeks to live a simpler life without the extravagance of American culture. Buy fewer things, need less money, work less, play more.

Posted on June 28, 2012, in Adventures, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Culture Shock!, Ecuador, El Salvador, Farms, Filmmaking, Food, Goals, Guatemala, Health, Hiking, Hostels, Marketing, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Photography, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I just want to congratulate both of you! you are great, you have the strenght and the health, to keep going! congratulations for your engagement!! I had the pleasire to meet you in person, great couple! I will be always thinking of those two wonderful writers that I met, good luck, and if you ever come back to El Salvador, vey welcome!!!!
    Rosy ,
    from
    Villa Napoli Bed & Breakfast, Santa Ana El Salvador CA

  2. I can’t wait to see the movie… I can’t believe the new cams, and programs they have now compared to my first attempt at a travel video 12 years ago. We will be leaving Toledo in Aug heading across the northern states to Cal then turn south, going to capture everyhting, and lotsa drama throu taho gr canyon, vegas, arches then all the way back to toledo with a volitile girfriend, two kayaks, two mt bikes, and a motorcycle. we’ll be sleeping in a tool cap 6 weeks. with a rusty 96 dodge ram. I just bought a new laptop and the new premire cs6, 2 gopro hero2 , nikon d3100 it should make for a good video. I’m also mounting a trail cam at every night stop It should be interesting. When I was you’re age, and travelling the technology didn’t exist to document everything efficiently like now days. Like i said can’t wait. for the movie. If you have a premier showing I’ll be there. Maumee theater is good for that…

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