I’m not due to leave for Africa for another
13 10 3 (agghh) weeks but as I now consider myself borderline obsessive when it comes to this trip and anything remotely travel related, I have decided to start my blog ridiculously early in preparation for what’s to come.
Whenever I have travelled in the past, I’ve always had a mental bucket list of things I hope to see and do when on the road. Visit the Colosseum in Italy, tick. Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, tick. Avoid eating dog in China.. I don’t think I’ll ever know if I can cross that one off.
So instead of having a mental bucket list, I thought this would be the perfect forum to write it down. Here is my list (so far) of the things I hope to achieve on my journey from Africa to Ecuador. I’m sure I will be adding to it as I go along.
***UPDATED 8 FEBRUARY 2013, 7 MONTHS INTO THE TRIP***
#1. See, and capture awesome photo of at least one of the ‘Big Five’ in Africa. Would be happy with a lion or rhino. Less impressed with a water buffalo. DONE. In fact I saw the big 5 many times over, and captured said photos of all of them.
#2. Lose at least 5 kilograms in Nairobi, in preparation for the weight I know I will gain stuffing my face in Mexico for 3 months. DONE. I’m not sure how much weight I lost in Nairobi, but 7 months into this trip and I’ve only just found some scales. I’ve lost 25 kilos since leaving home.. 5 kilo.. pfftt… in your face.
#3. Take a cooking class (or 10) in Mexico. Enough said really !! – NOT DONE. 3 months in Mexico and I didn’t get around to it.. Oh well, another excuse to go back perhaps.
#4. Visit the amazingly beautiful Perito Moreno Glaciers in Argentina.
#5. Get completely out of my comfort zone at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Feb 2013.
#6. Try not to kill anybody on my 56 day camping trip from Kenya to Cape Town. DONE. In fact I loved everyone I met on my tour.. No deaths, not even any threatened deaths.
#7. Try not to kill anybody on my 46 day camping trip from Brazil to Chile.
#8. Try to figure out why I would arrange to do two massive camping trips when I’m not the biggest camping fan.
#9. Have a proper conversation in Spanish. Currently my Spanish abilities consist of hello, goodbye, thanks, how are you, good, very good and where do you live. That’s not going to get me very far. DONE. Although I’m far from fluent, I can carry my own.
#10. Participate in at least one tango class in Beunos Aires, Argentina.
#11. Try not to fall too in love with the kids I’ll be teaching and working with during my volunteering, and refrain at all costs from attempting to adopt any. NOT REALLY DONE. I did fall very in love with the kids, and had many thoughts of adoption.
#12. Complete the looooong, haaaaard trek through the jungle in Uganda to see the gorillas. DONE. Although, I did manage to fall and break my ankle 1 hour into the 8 hour trek. I didn’t know it at the time however. I did the whole thing, and yes we saw gorillas.
12.1 Try not to pass out from massive trek – AHHH DONE
12.2 Try not to be eaten by said gorillas – DONE, although it was touch and go at various points throughout the trek.
#13. Don’t get robbed, stabbed, kidnapped, caught up in a drug war or have my limbs stolen from me and sold on the black market.
#14. Enjoy copious amounts of the amazing food that Africa and Latin America has to offer, without putting any weight on… ah! DONE AND DUSTED
#15. Have a friggin’ awesome time. SO FAR SO GOOD