Friday, 15 May 2009

Mission Statement

Trippy Traveller Sets out the Plan

After slogging our way through 10 months of gruelling labour in Japan, me as an English teacher and my wife as a convenience store clerk, we have saved enough pennies to do South America. We have very little clue exactly about where we are going to go or what we are going to do. Obviously there's Machu Pichu and the Nazca lines in Peru; Patagonia and the Iguazu Falls in Argentina; the Amazon in Brazil; and coke in Bolivia. Other than these obvious must do's and see's we are hoping to be guided by the good advice of fellow travellers and my own whims. We have an open 6 month return back to the land of the rising sun. We have 6 grand US in traveller's cheques which makes the maths simple - that's a grand a month. To help make the money go further we've bought a cheap tent and sleeping bags plus a few cooking pots. We are also armed with the LP to help us locate those cheap deals out there. I'm ambivalent about the whole LP phenomenon but at least it provides a place to start research on a given place.

Neither of us has been to Latin America. For me it represents perhaps the final continent that I've been wanting to go to. I've ticked the boxes of Asia, Africa and Europe and now it's time to go for the Latin box.

Talking of boxes, we hope to get boxed and stoned and tripped as much as possible. On this front South America holds great promise.

Other draws include food and music and culture. Somewhere where people don't have the bowing fever; somewhere with good cheese and bread; somewhere where a steak doesn't cost an arm and a leg; somewhere far away from salary men sleeping on trains; somewhere away from school kids mesmerised by their mobile phones; and somewhere cheap with less rules and more chaos.

Naturally trepidation is mixed with excitement. I always fear for our safety but try to placate the anxiety with thorough preparation.

We leave on May 26th and arrive in Buenos Aries the following day.

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