Sad, but looking forward
12.02.2013 - 16.02.2013 26 °C
Our time in South America has come to and end and we are sad. Twelve amazing weeks in a most beautiful continent and we have barely scratched the surface. You could spend a lifetime here and still not see it all. It is so VAST. Six weeks in Argentina and we still only made it 1/3 of the way up.
Not only is the scenery amazing but the people are fantastic too. In the little time we've been here we have been treated with kindness wherever we went. (Well, there were a few frustrating moments but you expect these). South Americans are generally extremely polite and of course mostly always smiling. You can trace the heritage in the peoples faces from the more european traits in Argentina and Chile to the indigenous peoples in Peru and Bolivia. They are all so proud of their countries and everyone is so hard working even though many have very little in comparison to us. Hard work is the name of the game here and nothing comes easy.
We are currently in Santiago and taking advantage of our very modern apartment where we have flushing toilets, hot water and we can even put the toilet paper in the toilet (and not in the bin) for the first time since we came to South America!! The simple things in life...
We have stayed in some amazing places: mountain huts, huts made of salt, adobe huts, rainforest lodges and so many hostals we can't count. But in all we met some great people with whom we shared lots of laughs and lots of information. (We know we will see some of you again). The few times we have stayed in hotels we felt kinda lonely and longed for the company of the hostal. It is the way forward we think!
So while we are sad to be leaving, we are looking forward to our next great adventure - in New Zealand. And we are expecially looking forward to meeting Dad and catching up with our great friends Aveen and Terry & their kids Rosha and Finn. Our livers have had a rest for the past 12 weeks but we think they might be suffering for a little while after meeting up with Colm!!!
Thanks all for keeping track of our travels through the blog. We love hearing from you and miss you all.
As they say here - hasta luego.
Bring it on!