Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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Iīm really enjoying the company of the two 25 year old girls from Dublin, Ireland and the leader is starting to grow on me. But, the girl from New Zealand is starting to do my head in... goes to show how wrong first impressions can be. She is a īmiss know it allī with significant issues regarding men, babies, weddings etc. and itīs totally turned me off her. She claims to know everything about Australia, including the Education System, despite having never worked in Australia, let alone a school! I have no idea how she will go in South America given that she complains about everything... yesterday, it was people bumping into her on the bus! Sheīs 31 and goes on about how much she has wanted babies for 6 years... but she doesnīt have a partner! These tours sure do attract some weirdos... look at Bryan in China. But to be fair, they also attract some fantastic people, some of which have turned out to be great friends of mine.
The two Irish girls lived in Northbridge, Perth for 6 months this year as part of their journey RTW. Theyīve been on the road for 11 months and go back in just under a month. Like me, their minds have returned to the concept of home and the thought of returning to a normal life and work. I am totally mixed about returning home... in some ways, I donīt want this journey to end, but at the same time, I look forward to returning home to the comforts of home etc. But my mind has already gone to planning for the next trip. So many people have warned me about the culture shock associated with re-entry. Therefore, Thailand in July is definitely on the cards. Canīt wait to get back to my favourite holiday destination in the world and meet up with the locals I met there.
I think Peru has some competition for being the best food Iīve had on my journey RTW... the food here in Uruguay is simply superb. Last night I had stuffed chicken with a mushroom sauce and potatoes, along with wine (more like a fruit punch), coffee and dessert for the princely sum of $US12. The locals seem a very friendly and down to earth here than that of their neighbours in Argentina. I have been taken aback by how interested they are in foreigners. And the markets are cheap as... I had brunch this morning for the princely sum of 60c (25c for two bananas and 35c for two peaches). The food is extremely cheap in this part of the world, as is the public transportation.