When the Kath is away...
Central and South America - 2005
About Me (2)
Costa Rica (2)
Kath's Confessional (4)
The Weird and the Wonderful (1)
Viva Mexico! (8)
* Gators and Skeeters - Day 1
* Looking for adventure in Iquitos
* Can someone give me a kick in the arse?
* The Mighty Jungle - Day 7
* The Mighty jungle - Day 6
* The Mighty Jungle - Day 5
* The Mighty Jungle - Day 4
* The Mighty Jungle - Day 3
* The Mighty Jungle - Day 2
* The Mighty Jungle - Day 1
* Preparing for the Jungle
* From the Mountains to the Jungle
* I´m Hiiiikin´ in the Rain... Quilotoa Crater to Chugchilan
* Horsing Around Chugchilan
* Through the Clouds to Chugchilan
* Half the fun is getting there - Saquisili
* A Dog Called Quito (and a city too...)
* Of Showers, Monsters and Monkeys
* Beach Bummers in Puerto Viejo...
* Costa Rica entry-turned-rant
July 04, 2005
Can someone give me a kick in the arse?
Kath: "Hi, my name is Kath and I am a procrastinator"
Support group: "Hi Kath"
Kath: "I am several months behind in my blogging"
Support group: "Gasp! You qualify for Gold Membership!"
*support group bows to Kath*
This is the thing... I can`t keep up with my blog - and I don`t see when I realistically can get it up to date - so I have a new and improved plan... Let me fill y´all in on what I`ve been up to since the jungle in Ecuador, and start "living in the present". I will work on filling in the gap little by little :-)
Phew! I feel better now, eliminating one of the few tiny stress factors in my existence ;-)
After the jungle, I went on an amazing 8-day Galapagos cruise where I got up close (but not personal) with birds, turtles, penguins, sea lions, sharks and other animals, and spent a day at my first ever 3rd world ER being treated for an allergic reaction to my seasickness patch.
I met up with Silje, and we headed south to the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca for some Panama-hat-shopping and ice cream before spending some time relaxing, hiking and getting ridiculously cheap spa treatments in Vilcabamba. How about $10 for a full-body massage and $6 for a one-hour facial?
We then crossed into northern Peru, from where Silje flew to Cusco while I spent a week exploring the city of Chiclayo and nearby archeological sites of Sipan and Tųcume. I met Silje in Cusco, and after visiting the Sacred Valley we traveled onwards to Lake Titicaca and its islands. After a few days exploring the islands of Amantanė and Taquile, hiking and staying with families, we crossed into Bolivia (Copacabana). From there, we went on a three-day hike taking us to and around the beautiful Isla del Sol.
Silje left me in Copacabana, and I continued the trip on my own. After a quick stop in La Paz I made my way to Uyuni and a 4-day jeep tour of the salt flats, lagoons and surreal volcanic landscape of south-western Bolivia. From there, I visited Potosė, "the world`s highest city" with its famous medieval-style silver mines. It was a real eye-opener to experience the daily life of the miners, not one I`m likely to forget. The gorgeous city of Sucre was next. I completely fell in love with its charms, and vowed to be back to study Spanish. I just had to pick up some stuff I left in Cusco - I first intended to study there - and then I`d return.
After a few days visiting La Paz and the Tiwanaku site, I headed back to Cusco to get my things and never left. Two days became 6 weeks as I first did the 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu and then enrolled in Spanish classes at San Blas Spanish School (which I highly recommend!). I stayed with a family and also volunteered at an orphanage, the pope-sponsored Aldea Infantil Juan Pablo II. Bolivia had in the meantime been closed off to travel by country-wide roadblocks (protests / demonstrations calling for nationalization of Bolivia`s petroleum industry causing serious political unrest and change of government), so I coldn`t go back If I had tried... Cusco had a lot to offer as June is a month of festivals, both religious and the indigenous festival of the sun - the Inti Raymi on June 24th- a weeklong celebration of parades, traditional foods and drunkenness.
On june 27th I flew to Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, to visit the jungle and travel down to Brazil on the Amazon... and this is where I`ll make my fresh start :-)
Posted by kvabo on July 4, 2005 03:05 PM
Category: Kath's Confessional
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