Countries 5 Hotels 16 Cars 35
Flights 11:flying time 46.07 hours
Rickshaws 4 Buses 3 Elephant 1 Boat 1
Cog-wheel train 2 Cable cars 4 Subway 4 Ferry 2
Minibus 17 Coach 2 Catamaran 1 Funicular 3
Pick up truck 1
After a very leisurely breakfast I walked into the town, only takes ten minuets. I had to change some money and I got a better rate here for dollars than I did in the UK. The guy in the exchange shop said that an awful lot of money passes through this place so they can afford to give good rates. They also took my British pounds which some of the exchanges in South America wouldn’t do. I had lunch at a restaurant over looking the square. Walked back to the hotel and then spent the afternoon laying in the sun reading. I have only managed to read on flights, spare time is usually spent writing this, however the Wi Fi was so slow I couldn’t cope with waiting for ten minuets for a photo to upload, so it was a real treat to just do nothing. I haven’t any photos to upload as it’s been such a lazy day.
I have already done a third of my trip, 35 days, on the 22 May but didn’t mention it due to lack of time. So I thought I’d share my thoughts on my trip so far. Living out of a suitcase hasn’t really bothered me. I have everything sorted into plastic food bags so I only get out what I need, for example; the face bag has my face wash, toner creams etc.; the tools bag has nail files, scissors, tweezers, sharpener, etc. I couldn’t bring wash bags as wanted to keep my case as light as possible.
I was frugal with the clothes I brought, everything had to double up and work with everything else. I had to pack for temperatures in the 40s down to minus 5, although annoyingly I’ve now lost my woolly hat. Unless I’m at a hotel for one night I have got into the habit of rinsing underwear out before I go to bed. There is one dress I haven’t worn yet, (I will though, there hasn’t been an appropriate opportunity to yet) and I have bought 2 more pairs of leggings and a pair of shorts, but I always planned to buy these as I couldn’t get what I wanted in the UK. My fleece/windproof jacket has been working over time the last ten days, but as I go further up South America I will be back into summer stuff again.
I am loving not having any responsibility, I can just focus on where I have to be next on my itinerary and what time I have to be where. I love not cooking, although with my food intolerances the food at breakfast has occasionally been a bit bland for this greedy girl, however, this is only a minor issue. I love not having to do any cleaning or making my bed. I have no bills to pay! apart from bar or restaurant and I don’t mind these.
I have seen some wondrous sights, more amazing than I anticipated they would be, and I know I have many, many more to come. I have loved this trip, so far it has been everything I wanted it to be and more. There is only one downside. I knew I would miss my friends and my sister, and I do. Then today I get a long chatty email from my sister and it’s like yes she’s there it’s just not quite the same as sitting over a coffee and chatting, but hey it’s still good. Life is good.