Vaccinations, Visas, and Copacabana
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
36Trip End Nov 09, 2010
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Where I stayed
Bedias Country House
I also spent no less than 8 hours researching options for international cell phones. I ended up ordering a GSM quad band phone from www.telestial.com with a SIM card that will give me a UK and a US number. It should arrive by Friday, giving me a week to play with it. I called Apple and they seemed "reasonably" sure I could forward my current number to the new international-capable US number, but I didn't get a very warm fuzzy that anyone had every actually asked that question before (anyone know of anyone who has done this??) I've also spent about 4 hours reading about international insurance (if my dad wasn't a broker it would've been 100 hours), countless hours researching which countries need visas (and then a boatload of cash to hand it over to a visa service to handle it for us). What I realized earlier today is-- I was doing all of the planning for stuff that could go wrong, and none of the fun planning, like "how long will we stay in Argentina before heading to Macchu Picchu?"
So, I booked our first hotel--I decided we should ease into the hardcore backpacking/camping, so I booked our first 3 nights using points at the Copacabana Marriott in Rio de Janeiro. :) ahhhh, that feels better...