My last post was quite cynical. A bit raw, if you will. I was just having one of those days. But it’s important to show that traveling isn’t always rainbows and butterflies (although I think I saw a rainbow almost every day in Patagonia).
I know my instagram portrays a vision that traveling is carefree and that I travel from destination to destination with ease. But I’m not going to post pictures of the 14 hour transit I made the other day or me curled up in my hostel bed when I’m feeling down or looking like I’m about to spew when I got altitude sick on the Inca trail, because that’s not interesting. Well maybe the last one would be. In fact, here it is:
I still stand by what I said in my other post- there are days when I am sick of traveling. Home sick, physically sick (especially in South America!), sick of hoardes of tourists, etc.
Despite all that, I still love traveling. This trip especially has been a memorable one because I’ve been able to visit three places in particular that are once-in-a-lifetime kind of trips that some people only dream about. Patagonia, Machu Picchu and the Galápagos. I’ve hiked through endless beautiful landscapes, kayaked and walked around glaciers, hiked to Machu Picchu, explored the ‘lost city’, seen animals in Galápagos that are not found anywhere else in the world, walked on lava fields and more. And I got to do some of these things with my parents, which is really special.
I’ve also learned a lot about the countries I’ve visited- in particular Chile, Argentina and Peru- topics that were unapologetically ignored during my school years.
During this trip especially, I’ve not spent much time in big cities. After a while they all start to feel the same. I much prefer spending time in smaller towns, where I think you get a better feel for the country.
And of course, I’ve met some great people during my travels. One thing I ragged on in the last post is people only sticking to their backpacker/tourist groups. I’m guilty of this as well, but I want to make more of an effort at meeting and speaking with locals. But my level of Spanish has drastically improved since January and I am able to hold a continuous conversation with whomever I am speaking with.
So in review, travel is still awesome. Here are some photos: