Location: Ecuador y Peru y Santiago, Ecuador
¡Hola mis amigos!
Llegare en Australia este jueves, 12 de julio 07
I`M COMING HOME ON THE 12TH OF JULY! I leave Chile on the plane to Australia on the 10th of July and two days later i get home. Well... after a more or less 24hr flight and loosing a day (Wednesday) somewhere in the air!
Yo fui a:
ECUADOR Quito (The 2nd highest city in the world) y Guayaquil
CHILE Santiago (Otra vez, esperando ir a mi casa)
Estaba en Quito I stayed with a family in the city and studied Spanish which went really well. The family was really nice and didnt speak any English which helped improve my Spanish along with the 4 hours a day of private lessons that I was having. So by the end my Spanish was a lot better
YAY, I really wanted to be able to speak Spanish more or less properly when I got home. So a little pissed off about that one that I cant speak it as well as i wanted to, but I do pretty well i think.
While here in Quito I checked out of a few of the Churches as they are the best I have seen on my trip. They are just simply amazing, massive, old buildings which make you go wow
also checked out the Pichincha volcano, walking up there was an effort and a half! It was 5000 m above sea level, so walking was hard with the altitude! And when I got there it just looked like rocks on top of a mountain, so was not impressed! Ha ha ha.
An odd thing about Ecuador is its all in American Dollars. And
for some reason I struggled with this currency the most since being away, the sizes are silly and you have $1 notes and $1 coins
who knows why I could understand that 1,600 Colombian pesos was $1 dollar in Australia and deal with these massive numbers but couldnt understand the American money that was in English. Stupid Americans!
The Ecuadorians a very interesting looking
I thought they were ugly, but I did just come from the coast of Colombia with all the beautiful girls! Fili tells me that the people from Ecuador are not ugly they are just indigenous and thats different some how??? I think its just a nice way of saying ugly
Next I was off to the south of Ecuador on a bus on my journey down to Lima in Peru
The first bus was for 8hrs to Guayaquil the other main city in Ecuador. It was beautiful it had amazing gardens, a massive big walkway along the river with restaurants, cinemas, the works
it was really crazy to see after seeing the poverty in Quito! After only having half a day in the city I jumped on my bus to Lima for 28 hours! Yep a bus for 28 hours! It didnt turn out to be that bad, as I was so lucky I had no one sit next to me the whole way. Plus I chatted to a few locals on the bus to keep me entertained along with trying to understand the dubbed English movies they were playing
While being in Lima I checked out a few things down town which was really nice and also the local ruins
which were crap I think they made the whole story up! But never the less interesting experience on the buses... The traffic here is crazy!
My last day in Lima there was a political problem and as I was staying in the centre near the president building
and there was a total lock down so missed my plane as I could not get to the airport in time so had to arrange another ticket
crazy! And off course there was also a massive riot on the streets for the whole day. I was even walking on the street when the police let off the smoke gas stuff, that stuff really hurts your eyes!
I forgot to tell you all last time that when I was in Bogotá in Colombia I ate ANTS! And they tasted terrible! What was I thinking!!! Just incase you were wondering, no they were not alive when I ate them! Thats one thing I never did while traveling was hold back the food. I have this tendency eat everything even if is strange and from a dodgy looking cart on the street! I have meet so many people who wont eat stupid things like eggs and fruit because you might get sick, thats no way to experience anything! I ate everything I could try and drank the tap water about 80% of the time
and the only time I was sick was when I had an ear infection which is not related to the food! Lucky me thinks!
And now I am back in Santiago, where its so so cold 10 degrees max during the day! The other night I went out parting with Nelson, got a little drunk
well really drunk! Its hard not getting drunk when you get a rum and coke and the glass is ¾ full of rum! Got back to the hostel at 8.30 9am still very drunk and I was even kicked out of a random girls house by her mum! Ha ha ha! Very long story.
Now I just have two days left before going home, just chilling. Its crazy how 5 months has passed so fast! It feels like only a few weeks ago I was getting ready to leave Australia! But all in all I have had a good time, as you have all seen! Its great just unplugging from the world for a while, but Im ready to come home as most of you know! Cant wait to eat Australian food again and have good coffee which has been killing me not having! But most of all I cant wait to see mates which I have been missing so much and Elmo Dog!
Back to reality very soon
Looking for a home, car, job and all
back to square one!
This is probably going to be my last entry
so dont forget to leave a comment for me. So far there has been 604 people look at my website since i have been gone! Crazy, thats like 120 times a month. I am FAMOUS! ha ha ha!
And for those who dont have my email its firstname.lastname@example.org and my mobile in Australia 0410 415 012.
See you all soon!
Location: A bit of everywhere, Colombia
How are all the Vegemites in Australia and all my other friends around the world?
Well since I last wrote to you all about a month ago I will probably have a little bit to say and I am sure I have a lot of images for you to see too! Ok, I have checked out these places since I last wrote:
COLOMBIA Medellin (a week more), Cartagena, Santa Marta, Taganga, Parque Tyrona y trekking to the lost city for 6 days before returning back to Bogotá where I ended my trip in Colombia.
after a week more chilling out around Medellin in Tatys mums house, which was awesome. Taty`s mum was super friendly and I had my own room and bathroom, cable tv, breakfast, lunch and dinner made for me everyday and someone to practice Spanish with and its one of the best areas in town with view of the district. You cant really get better than that! So, enjoyed every moment of that! The main last activity other than going out for drinks and meeting up with Andres and Cindy was going paragling over Medellin which was awesome. I had to wait around for nearly a whole day waiting for the weather to become better but finally got to go and it was great also did some massive spin that was so fast I felt as thought I might have passed out if we went any faster!
My last day in Medellin was running around saying my goodbyes and thank you`s along with lunches and drinks of course with everyone before racing off with Andres and Cindy to the bus terminal to head off to Cartagena. Wow arrived in Cartagena to 40 degrees heat and it felt like 100% humidity. I almost died when I hopped off the bus as Medellin was about 23 degrees most days and it was cloudy when I was there. So, I was pretty unlucky with the weather when I was in Medellin
But Colombia was now making up for it ten fold! Wow! After the shock of the weather I found a bus that would take me to near the area I needed to go. But kind of found out on the bus it doesnt really go near where I wanted but it was defiantly closer than the bus terminal so once again some lady scared for my safely got me safely to my hostel, gotta love it.
Well lets see what I got offered in the first 5 mins of being there
A gram of cocaine for $5 dollars US, Prostitutes for $20 US, Marijuana for next to nothing and you can just images the rest of the stuff! After getting away from these people I had a guy follow me for about 30mins around while I was walking around looking at the old city as he wanted money, he would not leave me alone I was starting to get pissed off, but eventually he left, thank god and got to enjoy the city more or less without hassle from other street beggars.
The old city in Cartagena was really pretty had really cool colonial style buildings along with pebbled streets, good markets, a lot of history and just lots of little interesting things as you will see in the photos. I only spent a few days here in Cartagena. So, managed to go partying which was awesome, also went scuba diving for two dives near the island Rosaria and stopped off for a few hours to chill out the tropical Caribbean beach on the island! Really really nice! The diving was good too, but I expected a little better but still really enjoyed it, its amazing going swimming when the water is 26 degrees no chance of getting cold at all!
At the hostel in Cartagena I ran into another Aussie named Paul and we headed over to Santa Marta 4 hours away on the north east cost of Colombia. Santa Marta is a bit of a dodgy place
so stayed there for one night before heading over to Taganga 15mins away to this small like fishing village. Unfortunately the water is a little dirty and polluted so not so best for swimming. But, I actually really liked this little town, everyone is really cool and helpful and you can get any type of fresh juice on the street for a $1 so I think I had thousands of these! While in Taganga i meet up with a few other people from Belgium that I meet in Cartagena. So, I had a few mates to hang out with, awesome. While here I went for another two boat dives, it was really, really good. I think its one of the best dives I have ever done! We also organised our 6 day trek to the lost city (Ciudad Perdida) in the JUNGLE.
LOST CITY TREK (Ciudad Perdida)
We woke up to another hot day around 35 degrees! From the hostel we all crammed into a little mini bus over to Santa Marta where we then all jumped into old 4 X 4 Jeeps which would take us to the entrance of the national park to the lost city. The Jeeps were very interesting I must say. We throw all our bags on the roof along with all the food for the trek the tour had organised like eggs, frozen meat, fresh full dead chickens just dangling off the side
it had the works! 30mins into the journey the Jeep breaks down and it had something to do with the petrol. They fixed the problem by putting a coke bottle of petrol in the engine bay and take the fuel from there
the coke bottle was not tied down or anything and didnt have a lid... So you could see the petrol spill out all over the road (thats not dangerous, fuel spilling all over the road and the engine) so every 20 mins we would stop and repeat this several times until we finally made it all the way. This was not the only interesting thing getting there, with the heat the meat as you would expect started to defrost so had blood dripping from the roof on us while we were sweating to death in the back of a Jeep with 7 other people... it was quite an experience just getting there!
Well after arriving we had a 4 hour hike head of us, and most of it was up hill, wow I have never sweated so much in my life! It was so hard. I was having second thoughts if I could actually do this for 6 days along with everyone else in the group. But, when we finally made it to first campsite (well, a shed where you sleep in hammocks outside) this is right next to the river! So, a swim after that was so awesome and is the best feeling ever. Just before dinner the tour guides gave half a shopping bag of pot for the tour group to smoke, what kind of a tour is this! It gets better as the second day we all woke up early around 6.30am to go to the cocaine little dodgy demonstration which was interesting, I didnt realise so much crazy stuff goes into it. I am amazed that they thought of putting all these chemicals together to make cocaine! Well as you would image we all had to have a try, before trekking on
check out the pictures.
The second day trek was not as hard as the first day thank god, but managed to fall into the river while jumping the rocks to the other side. So had really wet trekking boots, I was not the first one to fall in thank god! However, after arriving at the hammock shed we did more swimming in the river, card games, naps in the hammocks and smoking, which this seemed to be the norm most nights.
The next day was a challenging day, 6 hour hike, through little villages, 9 river crossings and after this 2000 moss covered stone steps to the lost city! WOW when you finally get there you see the views of the whole jungle from the top, it was so amazing to see! Its incredible to think this was once a massive ancient city and is now mostly covered by the jungle. Unfortunately the local indigenous tribes wont let anyone uncover more than what has been uncovered which is no much at all!
The campsite on this night was a little tree house where we all slept on little mats, like one be sleep over! Ha ha ha. But, to get to the hut you need to cross another river so with my second pair of dry shoes I fell in again!!! Whats the go with that! As it is so hot and humid all the time nothing dries out so you end up wearing that lovely wet sweaty shirt the next day and for me now i had a choice of two types of wet shoes! Dont worry I manage to fall in another time at the same crossing and scrap open my leg, I was really entertaining for the whole group! The following day we were explained the history of the place which is crazy before heading back down the millions of stairs and though all the rivers back to the last campsite. We were luckily enough to have torrential rain, it rained nearly the whole 4hrs hiking back. It rained that hard it was hurting and surprisingly for the first time everyone was cold. But no time to stop and think about it as we needed to cross all the rivers as they were filling up really fast! GO, GO, GO!
But the last few days we all just wanted to get back. On our way out in the Jeeps we were all searched by the army as they love doing over here in Colombia you get searched so many times! After we all got back we headed out for some more partying to celebrate!
After a rest day back at Taganga half the group from the trek headed to Parque Tyrona, a beautiful national park which has awesome beaches where you can sleep in hammocks on the beach and just do nothing! But getting into the park you are searched again! They pull everything out, they even asked if I had drugs on me and said if I could take of my clothes, I said no. So, I was frisked that much I would have preferred to stand there naked! I REALLY HATE GETTING FRISKED here its sickening, its 100% more invasive than anything at home! But other than the uncomfortable entrance the rest of the experience there was awesome, it reminded me of the beaches at home as I could get up and go running on a beach and swim when ever I wanted, it does not get much better than that!
After our little beach get-a-way i headed back to Bogotá for a two nights. While there I check out one of the most famous night clubs called Cha Cha`s. It was nice! On the 40th floor over looking Bogotá city and a cool DJ. The only catch it was really expensive, as expensive as an expensive club in Sydney. But all in all had a great night before flying over to Quito in Ecuador the next day where I am now
I have organised to stay with a host family here in Quito for a week and take 4 hours a day of private spanish lessons so hopefully i will be speaking spanish better after a week of solid spanish speaking!
For those who read my blog you will know that i will be hopefully coming home in two weeks on the 12th of July, after 5 months of travelling... I will have the same mobile number as before when i arrive 0410 415 012.
Colombians have to different ways they show height, one where the hand is flat is for animals and one where the hand is vertical for people, interesting