Greetings from cloudy, rainy, and cold London! We got back last Sunday after a nearly 48-hour journey, including a 16-hour overnight layover in Sao Paulo, Brazil where we visited a friend and caught a quick glimpse of South America’s largest metropolis as well as two arrivals at London Heathrow for me and a bit too much time at Madrid-Barajas Airport for Astrid.
Although we are back into the stress and long hours of work, I think so far this week we’ve both kept at least a modicum of relaxation about us, trying to make the effects of a good and long vacation last as long as possible (in the old days, I used to call that keeping the gruntle level up – as opposed to quickly becoming disgruntled!). We certainly both felt as though we’d really been away (properly, as the British would say), and it felt a little odd to be home again at first…but the hoarse meows of two angry kitties quickly won us over again! While we had a great time, it was really good to be home, back to a place where English is spoken (after three full weeks of nada pero espanol for me!) and where I don’t necessarily have to keep one hand glued to my wallet in my pocket absolutely all of time.
I’m glad and a bit proud perhaps to say that we’ve already told you about our only real challenges on the trip – namely being robbed of 4 ounces of coke (fluid ounces, of coca cola zero that is!) on the street and handling the bus strike in Mendoza, which led to the trip’s best highlight of driving across one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. We’ve got a lot more interesting pictures and stories to share, as well as perhaps a couple more thinking pieces about South America. We have great ambition to share all of that, and hopefully in time will achieve that. We also have quite a backlog of pictures from past trips as well.
For now, I thought I would share just a preview of some of the highlights of the trip here, with a stab at a top five below…
7 dead dogs
18 dry rivers
3 pee stops
427,048 t times Astrid said “Oh my God we are going to die!”
……. and we finally made it to Valparaiso! Thanks for all your well-wishes. Will post details and pics soon, but rest assured, it was an amazing journey. Alex kept saying it was a once in a lifetime event (although we differed on whether that would be because we are not stupid enough to try it again, or if we’d go off the side of the road and plummet to our deaths!)
Just did a little research on our drive this afternoon.
It is number 9 on the list of 10 most dangerous roads in the world. Not exactly encouraging!!! Wish us luck!!!