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Four Days Until Lift-Off August 25, 2006

Posted by danaslone in Uncategorized.
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I have four days left and I feel as though I cannot wait much longer. Despite my number one fear being true (the backpack indeed weighs more than I do), I am ready to begin my trek. Over the past week I have been taking care of a lot details, doing some work for clients and having lots of lunches and dinners. Two or three months of unmapped travel doesn’t seem like that big a deal, so no need for too many farewells. I am coming to realize this IS a big deal, at least from other people’s perceptions. I do feel pretty calm though, like it’s just another day coming; just not a plain ole vanilla one. Also one that I can’t wait for and hope will open my eyes to opportunities and bring a fresh perspective. We’re going to have a blast, Kevin and I. Wooooo!

Special thanks to Justin and Josh for letting me stay in their swingin’ bachelor pad while I prepare to leave, seeing as my tenant now lives in my lovely house. And thanks too, to Aimee and Kristi for unwavering coolness as friends in my preparations. Well, thanks to every one of course.

Check out this map for the first stop:

http://www.spanishsinfronteras.tk/mapa.html 

I think I love maps. Can’t stop sharing ’em. Ciao.

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Rough Route: Starts in Two Weeks August 1, 2006

Posted by danaslone in Random Thoughts.
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(Click to enlarge maps) 

We start in Bariloche, Argentina (via Miami, via Buenos Aires) to ski, stay/learn at Spanish school (http://www.spanishsinfronteras.tk/index.html) and unwind from the corporate grind to ease into nomad life admist the lakes and mountains. That’s all I know for sure.

I’d like to explore the region from Lakes into Patagonia (can’t do it all I know I know), cross over into Chile, work my way up into Peru and then to Ecuador and back home. You say “Dana, that is not enough information.” Here’s more then, but of course anything can happen:

Explore some of Patagonia, go over to Chilean side from there  (Puerto Montt?) and work way up through Lakes, Concepcion, Santiago (not for long, hate cities), Vin Del Mar or other beach vicinity a little, play polo I hope at Ocoa (Central Chile, Aconcagua valley, hour from Santiago), visit Easter Island, fly back for Calama, Atacama Desert then Arica into Peru, for Lake Titicaca not too far off from Chile, say goodbye to my dear bodyguard at some point in all this as he goes to Bolivia, and I travel solo or maybe with new friends I may meet to other sites, take jungle/shaman experience perhaps (Hamilton Souther or Gilber, Sacred Heritage – google them), then into Ecuador, Cuenca, Parque Nacional Sangay, Avenue of Volcanoes, Cotapaxi, Banos, Otavalo, maybe try surfing in Montanita, and yes, Galapagos, fly out of Quito…hitting unplanned sites/schools along the way…I have until October 26th for my return flight out of Quito, but that can be changed too. I may pop back into Northwest Argentina from the Peru or Chile but…I hope this is less of a race against time and more of a wander, but already this sounds nuts.