Bolivia

“Kid, the next time I say ‘let’s go someplace like Bolivia,’ let’s go someplace like Bolivia.”

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Excuse me while I shamelessly pilfer famous lines from classic movies. But Bolivia was gorgeous. We should all go someplace like Bolivia!

My travel buddy Julia and I signed up for a three day/two night tour of the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding areas with a company called Red Planet which I can highly recommend. The guides and drivers were wonderful and we lucked out with great people in our group. Combined with the amazing scenery, the tour was one of the biggest highlights of my entire trip so far.

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I just spent a week in Bolivia. It wasn’t the easiest place to travel in but the stressful border crossing and most painful night bus ever were more than worth it to see such a spectacular country. I was busy the entire time and there was no Internet anyway but I’ll be updating about it all soon.

Also, I’m in Chile at the moment. No, this was not part of the original plan. More on that later, too!

Maybe I’m Definitely Going to South America

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The key for my homestay in Puebla.

When I was in Bali, I met a Dutch girl named Janet who was fun and fearless. I rode on the back of her scooter on the way to a temple on a lake two hours north of Ubud because I was too scared to drive one myself. One night, a group of us from the hostel were talking about travel plans–where we’ve been and where we want to go. When it was Janet’s turn to share, she paused, thought for a moment, and said: “Maybe I’ll go to East Timor.” She said it so casually, like it would be as simple as going to the market, or the bathroom. Traveling to East Timor strikes me as neither easy nor breezy but to her, it would have been. I was impressed.

While traveling hasn’t turned out to be nearly as scary or difficult as I may have originally imagined, I’m still a planner at heart. I may have had spurts of impulsiveness along the way, like booking my last minute flight from Chiang Mai to Bali or deciding to go from Siem Reap to Bangkok the night before crossing the Cambodia-Thailand border. Mexico definitely wasn’t part of my original itinerary. But I still do plenty of research in advance and generally know what I’m getting myself into, like if I need vaccinations or a visa, and whether planes, trains, or automobiles (or the occasional boat) can get me from place to place. Which brings me to Phase 3 of The Big Trip: South America.

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