If you ask people what traveling is all about, you will get a different answer every time. Soul searching, immersing yourself in other cultures, creating memories, leaving your comfortzone, sampling new cuisines, learning to be on your own, staying within budget, you name it. Everybody has a different reason for packing their bags and going on an adventure.
After months of going with the flow, deciding about the next destination on the spot and making as well as changing plans in an instant, it was time for a new chapter. The one planned part of our big trip: A visit from the Adventurous Aunt (A.A.) and the Marvelous Mother (in law) (M.M).
We took a nightbus to Huaraz with only one goal in mind: going on the 4 day Santa Cruz trek. Having read great stories about this hike in the Cordillera Blanca, we were really looking forward to being out in the mountains for four days. But no matter how well you prepare, sometimes things just don’t go as planned.
We have been busy with making sure that we can leave. And with busy, I mean that we are constantly arranging things. Getting a backpack that is big enough, cleaning our apartment, handing over our jobs to successors and planning to see all our loved ones at least once before we take off. Keep on reading!
Planning ahead has never been my strong suit. Professionally, I am well organized, but in my natural habitat, home, I usually go with the flow. Exceptions to that rule have been moving into our apartment and getting married, which I have pretty much completely drawn out in Excel. Going on a 10 month adventure however, I was planning (haha) on completely winging it. Keep on reading!
Although I was the one who convinced Dagmar to go on a long trip together, I had no actual idea of where to go. Many countries appealed to me while others did not. The plan of going traveling didn’t come out of the blue and ever since we discussed it for the first time, when we were still studying, we thought of South America. Keep on reading!