Welcome to my blog which is about my adventure in South America.
Following a lengthy period of illness, I have decided to take early retirement and fulfill my dream of travelling throughout South America. It is a part of the world with which I have been fascinated for many years and which I had planned to visit when I reached the age of 65. Making the best of a bad situation, I find myself, “Living the Dream”, a few years early. I will try and cope.
As a frequent visitor to Spain and the Canary Islands, I decided a few years ago, to learn Spanish. To be honest, I had not made a great deal of progress until recently. Thanks to an online language school called, “Verbling”, I now feel confident in my ability to deal with more than just the basics and can participate in conversations about uncomplicated subjects. I am hoping to make rapid progress.
Being an old bloke, I do not intend to rush around. Far from it, I am intending to stay for long periods in each country.This is a great opportunity to really explore the various cultures of each region whilst still keeping my spirit of adventure. To help capture these moments, I have with me an action camera and I am hoping I will have plenty of opportunities to use it.
My journey started in Lima, Peru, on the 19th June 2013. The plane was over an hour late arriving and when I eventually cleared immigration and customs, almost 3 hours late, I was surprised to see my taxi driver still waiting for me. The drive to my hotel took about an hour and was a revelation. The drivers in Lima are the worst I have ever seen. They have no patience and little if any driving ability. I spent the next two months trying to avoid being run over and hoping that any vehicle I got into would have a decent driver. Only get in undamaged vehicles, became a rule.
in spite of the standard of driving, I found the people of Lima welcoming and so I decided to stay for a while. That “while” became 2 months during which my fitness and general wellbeing improved, except for a throat infection and cough. After 2 months it was time to move on to Cajamarca in the Northern Highlands, arriving there on the 20th August 2013…..