When I think about myself and my core values, ADVENTURE is always at the top of my list (along with love, fun, family and trust). And when I reflect on the past six months travelling through Central and South America that is exactly what this trip has been, one epic adventure!
I trekked through the Andes, visited a world wonder, surfed the Pacific coast and submitted a volcano. I went sand boarding in the Peruvian desert, snorkelled in crystal clear cenotes and kayaked for hours. I’ve seen 360˚ views on mountain tops, swam in infinity pools and looked up at 30 story waterfalls. I went whitewater rafting, zip-lining, paragliding, biking and horseback riding. I carried a candle through a cave, jumped off cliffs and tubbed down a river. I learned Spanish, went to a local soccer game, salsa danced and helped make tortillas from scratch. I met jewellers, explored new jewellery techniques and have a notebook full of new designs.
I expanded my understanding of the world, I learned about new cultures and got to know myself on a deeper level. I had good days and bad; I dreamed of travelling forever and I craved the comfort of home. I met some of the most beautiful and interesting people. Fellow travellers from all over the world, each one with a different story to tell about why they are travelling, where they have been and where they dream of going. Locals who I owe all of my thanks to, the number of kind and caring people who welcomed us in, helped us with directions, warned us to keep safe, fed us, housed us, helped improve our Spanish and showed us the magic of their country, I am forever in your debt. The children won over my heart with their curious eyes watching you carefully from behind their mothers backs. The street dogs made me want a dog of my own even more than when I left (if that is possible).
I feel so much gratitude towards the people I’ve met, to Pacha Mama (mother earth), to my best friend, travelling partner and lover Peter, to my parents and most importantly to myself for seeking out the adventure and taking the risk.
This one I will never forget.