Having made a big pond jump, I have landed in Australia. First stop: Sydney. This is yet another location (Australia) that has been on my bucket list for many years. The weather here has been mostly cloudy since my arrival, which hasn’t made for the best picture-taking. Sydney, for me, is a crazy busy place that reminds me a lot of the UK, with a splash of the US thrown in. The mix of old and new is breathtaking, if you take the time to have a look.
Additionally, I finally purchased a new camera, which has come with quite a learning curve. Most of the pictures I took at the Mardi Gras parade came out all blurry, so there aren’t any for me to share here. I am fixing to head back to the airport, excited to move on to another part of this continent. Although, I definitely feel as though I am leaving a piece of my heart here.
Last stop before leaving the United States again, San Francisco. San Francisco is an amazing place that seems to defy description (so I won’t try), and most unlike anyplace I have ever been. The only memory I have of this area from childhood is driving down the “Crookedest” Lombard Street, however, this time I got to be the driver! I didn’t have nearly enough time to explore all the things to see and do here, but I did get some good pictures to share…
Another of my bucket list items has been to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. I have now completed the southern part of California up to Santa Cruz. (Gotta save some for next time) Also, I had to split off there to finally return to where I was born. Having been almost 30 years since being in the area, I decided it was time to go. Another bucket list item, because it’s a military base which requires me to have a “sponsor” to go, and until recently that was not a possibility.
It was quite an experience to see it all again, as an adult. It helped me understand where quite a few preferences come from in my life. and until now I never really knew, why some of those existed for me. While there were lots of changes that have happened I was surprised by how much was still the same. It was just a short trip, yet I gained so much from it, including a sense of “roots” that I never really had before. Still not enough to break the nomad in me though. Hang on to your hats boys and girls, more to come very soon!
A bit more than week spent in Rio De Janeiro wraps up my time in South America and what an amazing a venture it has been! Rio is quite a crazy place, and I really can’t think of a better word for it. The way the city twists around the formations of the hills and rocks is very mesmerizing.
I have made many new friends all over the world as a result of my travels here in South America, and having been here I changed has changed me. I find it amazing how well people are able to communicate, even when they don’t share the same language. When you live life from a place of love, that’s all there is to experience. I am continually overwhelmed with emotions and a feeling of gratitude. I love creating, and am excited for what’s just ahead….
As I enter my final week, (plenty more traveling just ahead yet) just a few random observations I have had from my travels here in South America…
- If you ever make it to Peru and Cusco specifically, take the guided tours, they really have their shit together there. Which may just be more of a shout out to SunGate Tours, but most everyone I crossed paths with had equally good experiences regardless. Of course, law of attraction and all; I don’t leave room for much else. Haha
- The really big cities (New York, London, Rome, São Paulo, just to name a few I have been to) are all strikingly similar, with a different cultural influence stirred into the pot. Much like island life all seems to have a common thread, just at a very different volume level.
Traveling to South America has forever changed my perception of the world and how we inhabit this beautiful planet we call home. Additionally, it makes me much more appreciative of some of the “Luxuries” available in other parts of the world (i.e. being able to flush that toilet paper you just used). While at the same time, I also question the necessity of a lot of them. It really doesn’t matter what your background is, where you are from, or who you “think” you are; being happy really is a choice!
During my travels in South America, many fellow travelers I have crossed paths with have asked if I was planning on visiting Florianopolis. I had never heard of it, but was told it was an island full of beaches. That was all I needed to hear and decided it was worth stopping by. I am so glad I did, (Thanks for the suggestion guys) it’s quite a beautiful place. The beaches and the water have been a much needed pace change in my travel. Here are a few pictures…
I have made it to the last country I will be visiting on my South American tour, Brazil. after a few days in São Paulo, I hoped on to an overnight bus (which was quite an experience in and of itself) to check out the 5th widest waterfalls in the world at Iguaçu National park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Most everyone I was talking to prior to coming to Brazil was asking if I going, and to be honest, I can’t recall having ever heard of it. This was yet another place where I was awestruck by the beauty of our world. Additionally it was yet another location that made taking pictures almost too easy. After quite the deliberation, I have selected a handful that I feel are quite unique. Enjoy!