Summaries

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Asia, Bhutan, Play-by-plays, Summaries | 0 comments

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan country nestled between India and China, has spent centuries closed off from the world.  Only in the middle of the 20th century did its king finally open the boundaries up to foreigners and from then on, the country has been on a modernization “streak”. It allowed television and Internet in 1999 (yup, rampant modernization). Despite the changes, Bhutan prizes its focus on GNH, or Gross National Happiness, the only country to do so. It values economic and physical wellness along with environmental wellness, preservation of traditions, and political...

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Africa: Overland from Nairobi to Cape Town

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Africa, Summaries | 2 comments

Africa: Overland from Nairobi to Cape Town

The first time the seed of overland Africa was incepted in my head was when I was traveling through Kenya and Ethiopia in 2009. I spent a month there in total, and my friend was reading Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. I borrowed the book and quickly wanted to repeat his adventure of going from Cairo to Cape Town overland. I am not as adventurous as the intrepid author so I would never do the journey on my own, but I realized there are many companies that organize similar trips. Because of the political instability in Egypt and Sudan, that portion of the continent is a bit dicey to say the...

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Brazil Recap

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Brazil, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Brazil Recap

There’s only one real way to define Brazil, awesomeSauce. The county is not just amazing because of its gorgeous beaches and its deep history. Nor can we say it’s just spectacular because of its incredible natural sights, its rich culture or its very beautiful people. The only way to really describe it is awesomeSauce. From Amazon jungle in the north, down to Iguazu falls near the south this county so much to offer. While we didn’t have very much time there both Nat and I got a chance to experience a lot of what Brazil has to offer, and it is very likely that we will both be...

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Parati

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Brazil, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Parati

After a long, but very fun week in Rio for Carnaval, I decided that I needed a bit of downtime so I decided to head to Parati (sometimes referred to as Paraty). Parati is a historic town four hours south of Rio that was originally used as a port for exporting mined gold back to Portugal after the Portuguese settled there in 1667. The cobblestone streets, old buildings and historic churches of old town will make you feel like you’re back in the 17th century. After a bit of a hostel snafu (I wouldn’t recommend staying at Paraty Beach Hostel), I checked into El Misti hostel which sits right...

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Bolivia

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Bolivia, Logistics, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Bolivia

Seems like spending two weeks per country has been our norm, and Bolivia was no exception. It is truly the Wild West of South America, a land of surreal landscapes, questionable infrastructure, and baby llama drama. Oh and the country is cheap, which is music to this backpacker’s ears. We hit up most of the main tourist spots–entering overland via Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, and exiting overland as well into San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. I think if I had some extra time (and in non rainy season), I would have tried to see Tupiza for the landscapes and Tarija for the wine, but...

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Peru

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Logistics, Peru, South America, Summaries | 0 comments

Peru

After spending nearly two weeks in Peru, I feel like I’ve seen only a tiny sliver of the country. I can now check Machu Picchu off the bucket list (albeit sans the Inca Trail), but I have yet to see Nazca lines, Amazon rainforest, and a slew of other sights that Peru offers. After Colombia, Yus and I met in Lima. I flew in, and he arrived overland via Equador through Piura. His way was much cheaper, but took more time, but that is a constant trade off in South America. Below is a list of places we saw along with some hopefully helpful logistical information. Lima–stay in...

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