Actually financially committing oneself to traveling around the world  (i.e., plunking cash down for airline tickets) feels much like standing on the edge of cliff trying to drum up the courage to take the plunge into the deep waters below. Do you remember what that feels like? Your friends are gathered around; there’s no backing away; you’ve committed yourself enough by stepping onto the ledge that now you must jump. I’d say that’s the same feeling I had this morning. We’ve been standing on the edge for several weeks now; our friends and family enquiring about our plans; there’s no turning back; we must take the plunge. And, we finally did! We made one of many big leaps by buying our tickets to S. America this morning.

With a departure date of September 9 and return of December 20, we plan to visit Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Tentative highlights include: learning Spanish in Otavalo, touring the Galapagos, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, getting lost in the Amazon, cruising Lake Titicaca, wandering the salt flats, hiking around the Lake district, imbibing wine near Mendoza, hiking in Patagonia, and seeping in the culture of Buenos Aires. This should be quite the adventure!

One Response to “Taking the plunge”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on making that leap off the RTW cliff! I can attest to the fact that it *is* scary. Sounds like you’ve got quite the S. American itinerary planned. You’ve going to a lot of the same places we are, so I’ll be curious to hear your impressions.