Since the world didn’t end in 2012, we’re entering 2013 knowing our world is about to change. Why? We’re going to go home for the first time since 2010. Before we do though we have some of the biggest adventures of the trip. Here is what 2013 has in store for us and why you should follow along at LivingIF…
Let me get it off my chest: we’re going home because of me. We won’t have spent every dollar as we thought we may, or will we have seen all the things we wanted to see. After following our hearts for the past 26 months, on our schedule, the “real world” doesn’t work on our schedule. Wanting to attend business school in 2014, I need to complete my applications around October 1. Figuring in a couple months to get my applications together, my next adventure is putting an end to this one. Even so, I know we’ll be doing exciting things and traveling in 2014 until I start school.
Before we get back though there is much we’re going to do. 2013 marks my return to South America, a continent on which I’ve already spent a year on. I attended La Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile for two semesters, traveling the slim country from top-to-bottom, while squeezing in a month in Bolivia, two in Peru, countless wine-induced foggy nights in Argentina, and took a separate six-week mountain climbing trip to Ecuador. Having spent all this time down South there are still things I didn’t do, such as hiking Torres del Paine and Fitzroy and hopefully visiting Antarctica. They were things I’ve almost done, but didn’t…and now I will. The best part is I won’t do these things alone, I’ll do them with the lovely LOCAVORista.
This year will be special because I get to do these things with someone else. I get to create shared memories in places that I’ve known so well, but I have few people I can reminisce with. The tales of yachting the Galapagos, living large in money-crisis Argentina, bribing my way into a Bolivian prison, and having a Jaguar attack a Capybara, a ROUS (a rodent of unusual size for those of you not huge Princess Bride fans) in camp, seemingly unbelievable tales, are experiences I wish I had someone to share them with. While I have real work to do in 2013, getting there will be an unforgettable escapade.
I don’t wanna go home! I can’t wait to see family and friends, but thinking about this adventure drawing to a close brings up so many mixed emotions. Unlike thinkCHUA I’m not as clear about what I want to do. I might apply for grad school or start my own company, but it’s all up in the air right now. I didn’t expect to have our return date come up so quickly, even after more than two years on the road it seems like we just left and that there’s so much more of the world to explore.
Before I have to adjust to the “real world” we are going to explore more of the globe by spending time in South America, and I can’t wait. I have only been to Peru and it was to meet my then boyfriend, now husband. It ranks up there as one of the best trips of my life, not only was I going down to hike Machu Picchu, but I was answering thinkCHUA’s love letters with an in-person visit. Suffice to say he is a very good love-letter writer, I couldn’t wait to backpack with him and I wasn’t let down, hence our current situation. So, South America holds a very special place in my heart as the scene of our first date and I couldn’t be more excited to return.
I am really looking forward to Argentina as I have heard amazing things about the wine and culture, hopefully I can learn to tango. However, I am most looking forward to strapping my hiking boots back on and hitting the trail in Patagonia. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for a great deal on an Antarctica cruise. I would love to make it to all seven continents on this trip, stay tuned to see if we make that goal a reality!