. Saying that, I must also mention that I am far from tired of travelling, even though I have noticed that I tend to stay a bit longer in places now, compared to the whirlwind start of my trip. Back then it was more or less a new city or site every other day. Some friends have also pointed this out to me, "I see that you stay much longer in places now Steve, why is that?" I don't know to be honest. It usually means I'll spend a bit less money, as I am not constantly moving around and doing things. But that's not the main reason I think. I just feel like spending a bit more time at the different places I visit, compared to the start of my trip. It just means I'll see fewer places but more of them. I think it's quite common if you travel for a long period of time. You move a lot in the beginning of your trip and then slow down a bit over time.
I have also just learned that my younger brother Pål will come and meet me in Guayaquil (Ecuador's biggest city) on the third of October. That's less than two weeks from now. We will then travel together until Christmas, as my brother has a flight home to Norway from Buenos Aires on December 20th (I will probably try to join him on that flight). Hopefully we'll make it to the Galapagos Islands for a week and also spend a few more days on the mainland, before probably flying off to Brazil. We hope to spend a lot of time along the coast of Brazil, travelling south towards Buenos Aires. I'm looking forward to the sun, beaches as well as the company of my brother. And it will probably mean I'll revisit both Rio, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires for a few days. We'll see, no concrete plans are made yet, so don't be surprised if all this change once again. But at least it looks like I'll spend until Christmas down here in South America. What will happen next year, nobody knows yet!
So I have kind of been thinking a bit the last few months. Should I just stay down here in South America until Christmas, or should I try to make my way to New Zealand and/or South-East Asia? It's the one positive (or negative, depending on how you look at it) thing about not having a Round The World trip schedule. Back in Mendoza, I was very close to buying a flight ticket to New Zealand. In fact I made a reservation to Auckland and almost paid for it as well, but then I ended up skipping it and took a return flight to Easter Island before continuing north towards Bolivia instead. I wanted to see more of South America. And now it's already late September, and just three months until Christmas and freezing temperatures back in my hometown Elverum in Norway. I have promised myself that I will go home to Norway for a few weeks (or days) for Christmas in order to see family and friends. In fact I am looking forward to see them all again. I am also looking forward to all the food as well as a few good parties (there's no way to avoid it in Elverum this time a year)