As I sat in the Santiago airport, with many hours to wait before boarding my delayed flight to New Zealand, I reflected on all the fantastic and terrible things I had experienced in South America. I was sad to be leaving the Americas, as these first months of travel on my year around the world had already been both challenging (see: Chicken Pox) and amazing (see: places where you can’t take a bad photo).
I wrote myself this list to pass the time, and it was a pretty accurate guess of what I would and would not miss about South America.
The saddest part of a one week holiday is that just when you relax into your vacation, you have to come home.
So one of the beautiful things about traveling long term is that at some point, you lose track of the days and the hours without even noticing and you don’t mind one bit.
It wasn’t personal, San Pedro. You didn’t do anything wrong. You deserved better. You have so much going for you.
I just wasn’t ready to commit to staying even one minute longer in the desert after my three day tour of Uyuni. When I arrived and saw your dry, dusty streets and surrounding sand dunes, my heart just wasn’t in it. Continue reading