Category Archives: Literature
The clock is ticking with only five days left in South America! It’s bittersweet to be leaving this continent we’ve grown to love so much, but knowing that more adventures await further north! We got lucky to find Literar-té in Taganga, the biggest book exchange we’ve seen in South America! Finding the shop is kind of an adventure. We saw the place mentioned in several blogs but none of them gave directions on how to get there! So we decided to follow suit and not ruin the fun of the search. Don’t worry, you’ll find it if you keep your eyes open!
One dog-eared, over-highlighted copy of South America on A Shoestring plus 4,000 COP ($2) got us a similarly well-loved copy of Central America on A Shoestring. We have our issues with Lonely Planet’s accuracy, but we’re not the type of travelers to go totally guidebook-less. It’s always a good reference when read with a grain of salt. Five more days, Colombia, than adelante a Panama! Is it just me or has this adventure gone way too fast!
As of January 27, we’ve been in South America for three months! That’s about 1/3 of the total time we’ll be down here (assuming money lasts) so it’s quite a milestone. Sometimes I feel like we’ve been on the road forever and other times it feels like it was just yesterday we landed in Medellin.
To celebrate our 1/3-iversary, let’s list some fun stats!
Days in South America: 95
Dollars Spent (not including flight): $3005
Countries Visited: 3
Books Read: 8 (Carrie), 7 (Zach)
Number of Laundromat Visits (not including hand-washing): 3
Bacterial Infections: 1 eachThings We’ve Lost iPhone (Carrie)…The Infamous Bird Poop Incident Water bottle (Zach)…just left it at a Couchsurfer’s house Glasses (Carrie)…stupid lake Sunglasses (Zach)…stupid ocean 2 rings (Carrie)…two separate places 1 shirt (Carrie)…I think this girl on our first WWOOF farm thought it was hers because she always wore orange! Dr. Bronners soap (Zach)…”It’ll turn up!” he says Umbrella…who knows???
And now, since it is Awards Season, we hereby present to you….
The 1/3-iversary Superlatives…a.k.a. the Best Of “So Far”
Favorite Food: ceviche (Zach), llapingachos (Carrie)
Favorite Beverage: Colombian coffee
Most Missed Food: Graeter’s ice cream and peanut butter (Carrie), Mexican food and cheddar cheese (Zach)
Most Missed Event: holidays at home
Most Missed Activities: watching Oscar films (Carrie), cooking/baking, snowboarding
Most Annoying Phenomenon: loud music and movies on buses
Favorite Activity: The Inca Trail
Nicest People: Colombians
Favorite City: Cuzco
Most Times We Said “What a Crazy Place!”: Huacachina
Best Beach: Canoa
Best Shopping: Otavalo
Best Person We’ve Met: Oso the dog
Scariest/Coolest Experience: the eruption of Tungurahua Volcano
Most Authentic Cultural Experience/Cutest Kids and Puppies: WWOOFing at Finca Campo Bello
Biggest Party/Least Authentic Cultural Experience: Loki Hostel
Biggest Personal Changes: dreadlocks and eating meat (Carrie), actually speaking a second language (Zach)
Favorite Country Overall: Ecuador
Goals for the Next 2/3rds of the Journey
1. Save money and get ahead on our budget in Bolivia!
2. Find a WWOOF experience where we actually get to farm!
3. Do more filming!
4. Improve our Spanish!
I know, I know, we really need to stop losing things and wash our clothes more! Do you like this silly little superlative round-up? Should we do one again after 2/3rds?
I always try to read and research a lot about places before I go there. I think it’s important to read more than just the travel guides and actually delve into the history and literature of places I’ll be traveling. It gives me a lot more insight and helps me not feel like an idiot when talking to locals. Here are the books I’ve already read or plan to read in preparation for this trip:
And of course the two essentials:
That’s what I’ve got so far! Please leave any recommendations in the comments!