Oct 06, 2004
. Of course there's days you feel a bit crap, and just want to stay in bed, but it soon passes when you get to the next amazing city, thunderous waterfall, active volcano, white sandy beach, lush jungle or snowcapped mountain range. It's an absolutely awesome continent that I have learned to love. Not once have I wanted to go home or thought "what the heck am I doing here?" Instead it's been more or less pure pleasure all the way. I am also extremely glad that I didn't buy any "Round The World" flight ticket before I left, or decided on a return date back home. Having the flexibility to do and go where I want, or stay in a place as long as I like, has been gold for me. The only thing I have had to think about the last few months, is that I want to reach Patagonia before the winter sets in. Hence I will fly down to Ushuaia, tomorrow in fact, and start making my way north again. I haven't decided when I will leave South America, the place is obsessive in my opinion, but guess I'll stay at least four or five months more. I still have lots to see in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay (I plan to jump east to Buenos Aires and Uruguay when I get as far north as Santiago), Boliva, Peru and Ecuador. Hopefully I'll make all of the countries, although I have been to Bolivia and Peru before. In the end I may end up staying down here for the rest of my trip. Either because I want to, or because I cannot get a reasonably flight out. I hope to visit New Zealand and parts of Asia as well (at least one of the two areas), but time will have to tell. It's one day at the time down here. At least for the moment.
I'm in Trinidad, an UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Paraguay, close to the border with Argentina. It's a site containing ruins of an old Jesuit mission. That's all I can say I'm afraid, as I'm not really an expert in the area. The whole place is however beautifully preserved, and absolutely worth a visit if you happen to be in Paraguay. While walking around the site alone (there's not a single other tourist or local around), I realize that today is April 6th. It's exactly six months since I started my trip in Antigua, Guatemala. I think back, and although it feels like a long time since I left Seattle, I also feel that the last few months has passed pretty quickly. I have had a wonderful time in all nine countries I have managed to visit so far, some a bit more interesting than others of course. I have also managed to see and do more or less what I hoped for during these six months. So I have no regrets about making this Round The World (RTW) trip. It's probably one of my smartest moves ever