Three days till my trip!
Trip Start Mar 02, 2005
28Trip End May 07, 2005
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Why did I choose South America? I love visiting places where I speak the language. It just gives you so much more of an opportunity to interact with locals and absorb the culture. And yes, I must confess, watching The Motorcycle Diaries was very inspiring. Some of the scenes in that movie of the Andes Mountains and the Peruvian desert are just breath-taking. Plus, I've always had a fantasy of visiting the Amazon. I don't have a fully fledged itinerary right now, but I prefer to be flexible about my route. I have a ticket into Quito on March 2 and a ticket out of Lima on May 7. I plan to spend a few days in Quito, then I'll head south through the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" in central Ecuador and do some hiking
So there are three days left until I leave. I still have a lot of little things to take care of - like canceling my gym membership and cell phone and stuff. But I'm mostly all set with the major things: I have all the clothes I need, I got a new pair of hiking boots at EMS, I bought a portable MP3 player to keep me entertained on long bus rides, I have a gore-tex rain coat (It's going to be the rainy season while I'm in the Andes), I have my lonely planet guides to Ecuador and Peru...
Last night was my going away party - we met up at The Enormous Room in Central Square and ended the night at the Hong Kong. It was a pirate-themed pub crawl. My friend Dan brought pirate hats, eye patches, a plastic sword, and a hook. There are some great digital photos of the evening that were taken by my friends Eduardo and Nelson. I'll try to post them as soon as I get the pictures.