It is hard for me to believe that we left Oregon five months ago. Five months. Where has the time gone? My brain is overwhelmed by all that I have already seen and done and I know that it will take years and years for this experience to sink in.
Before we left home I thought that, when traveling, we’d have long, leisurely days and all the time in the world. I created a gigantic list of books to read, mapped out writing assignments for myself and wrote up ambitious to-do lists.
But life on the road isn’t exactly how I’d planned. We are so busy. There are always things to see, people to talk to, walks to take and of course hours and hours spent mapping out where we’re headed next.
Because we’re always in a new place we constantly have to figure out where to catch the bus, where to do laundry, where to eat and, oh, is this the street our hostel is on? The things we take for granted at home, like heading to the grocery store, suddenly end up taking a lot of time. It can be frustrating, but it’s also part of what makes traveling fun.
Not quite lost in Cusco, Peru
Every day Brian and I say we will do three things: sit-ups, pushups, and study Spanish. We have done them all exactly zero times. Likewise, my running shorts have been relegated to the compression sack where I keep the clothes that I don’t wear much. I’m finding it hard to maintain a regular fitness routine on the road.
We have been in Cusco for two weeks now. Originally, we thought we would only be able to spend a couple of days here but the Travel Gods, it seems, had other plans.
You see, in mid-November we are meeting friends in the Patagonia region of Chile where we will be trekking in Torres del Paine. Brian and I had originally planned to bus there but it was going to be at least a sixty hour journey and I still haven’t totally recovered from the trauma of our forty-eight hour bus ride to Cusco.
But then we found reasonably priced plane tickets that would take us from Arequipa, in southern Peru, to Patagonia and then on to Buenos Aires. We booked them, and now we’ve suddenly found ourselves with an unexpected month in the south of Peru.
So, yesterday, we booked a trip to the amazon jungle. When we get back we will head south for some island hopping around Lake Titicaca and then on to some trekking in Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
It is nice to move around and see so many sites but I am the sort of introvert that needs time to pause and ponder. Currently, I am working on convincing Brian to set up a home base in India after the Rickshaw Run, maybe spend a few months in a little hut on the beach in Goa, just like my friend Hannah is doing now.
Rickshaw Run Update
Speaking of India, remember how I’m driving a Rickshaw from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to Cochin, Kerla in January to raise money for the clean water charity FRANK Water? Well, my Rickshaw Run teammates and I are excited to announce that we have reached 52 percent of our fundraising goal! We want to extend a giant thank you to all who have donated to FRANK Water. It is because of you that FRANK Water will continue to provide some of the poorest communities in India with access to clean, safe drinking water.
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