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On the home stretch (almost)

21 Jun

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on a foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

I have a week and a half left in Honduras. As the old proverb goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And my 132 days here have certainly flown.

I’ve started thinking about what I’ll need to do and what I want to do when I get back home. Things like buying a new car, finding a place to live, and finally sorting through my boxes of belongings stored at dad’s place.

I’ll need to start back at work, start back at the gym, and start paddling again with my beloved Diamond Phoenix dragon boat club.

I’ve been daydreaming about (and drooling over) what foods I’ll eat first (lamb chops, dad’s spare ribs, and pavlova) and which favourite restaurants I’ll visit (Shanghai Dumpling Café, Sammy’s Kitchen, and The Artisan).

As I was mentally compiling ‘to do’ lists in my head I suddenly realised I’m not quite on the home stretch yet. While my time in Honduras is ending I still have seven weeks of travel ahead of me.

Seven weeks! That’s a really long holiday. It’s definitely going to be worth it though. Vic and I have planned what I’m sure will be the trip of a lifetime.

Vic’s flight from Mexico to Ecuador and my flight from Honduras both transit via El Salvador, so we’ll be meeting up in the San Salvador airport. From there the rough outline of our trip is as follows:

Ecuador: Quito, Atacames (where my World Vision sponsor child lives), Otavalo, Mindo, Galapagos Islands, and Cuenca

Peru: Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu

Argentina: Buenos Aires and Iguassu Falls

Brazil: Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro (where I’ll say goodbye to Vic), Blumenau (my host-family’s town), and São Paulo

We haven’t planned everything down to the last detail (unusual for me) but have a holiday mix of pre-organised tours and choose-your-own-adventure days.

I think this will work well; provided my obsessive compulsive side can cope without always having a plan.

I have mixed feelings at the moment—I’m sad to be leaving Honduras but also really, really excited about my upcoming South American adventure.

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The countdown approacheth the pointy end

27 Jan

“Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

My ‘public’ countdown started at 99 more sleeps, however I started my ‘private’ countdown at 175 sleeps to go. I didn’t want people to think I was too much of a keen bean, so I waited until I was only looking at double digits before making any overt countdown announcements

At 17 more sleeps, we’re now starting to get down to the wire and my ‘must-get-organised-NOW’ instincts are really starting to kick in.

I’ve spent most of the weekend methodically working through a ‘to do’ list longer than my arm. I’ve banned myself from all social activities so I can focus on getting organised for my trip.

This was a big call to make on the Australia Day long weekend, where BBQs, parties and other AusDay events are a dime a dozen, but it’s only Sunday night and already know I made the right call. As I cross off each item on my ‘to do’ list I can practically feel another knot in my neck and shoulder muscles unkink itself.

My beloved little blog has been a bit neglected of late, although that hasn’t stopped me from writing multiple posts in my head. It’s getting crowded in there! I’m hoping to set aside a little time each night over the next week to get them down on paper, so to speak.

In the meantime, here’s a video of what I imagine I may also be like (just hopefully not quite so extreme) if I get to see a sloth in Honduras:

(Thanks to Carole for pointing me in the direction of this video. Love it!)