As the days get shorter, leaves turn yellow and frost threatens, it's time for me to get out before it gets too cold and the snow starts to fly. I am on my way to Panama City for a week and then on to Cartagena, Colombia where I will join Madventure for my third overland. We leave Cartagena October 8 to drive down the west coast of South America to the southern tip at Ushuaia, Argentina and then up the east coast to Rio de Janeiro in time for the carnival February 9, 2018.
It was not easy leaving today. I had the privilege of looking after Nico a couple days a week this summer and I fell in love with him. He is so fun and cute and happy and cuddly and curious and smart and..... Just plain awesome!
He's 18 months old and will be a completely different boy when I get home in 6 months. I'm going to miss him! Thank goodness for FaceTime!
I was packed, thanks to Menu, and ready to go to the airport by 10 this morning. My cab driver was very helpful in finding me a wheelchair and getting me to the front of the line. However, when the check in girl realized I had 3 seats and no identification for the 2 empty ones, she disappeared to the office for a good half hour. Eventually she returned and I was given 3 boarding passes-
I was starving so ordered-
which just cost a smooth $10.71! That's not bad considering wine was over $14!! Oh well. I put the trays down and elevated my foot. Three waitresses came along and informed me that "people eat off those trays you know!" To be honest, my foot was probably a lot cleaner than most people's hands. The last one to tell me that then looked at my foot in horror and asked if anyone had offered me ice. No I said, but she didn't return with any either! While dealing with insurance, I was offered 2 flight itineraries. The first was Roatan to Houston to Calg…
We're into the final week of this adventure. Four months have truly flown by but life in the big orange bubble is not reality and so must end! We had an early start, leaving at 6 am but we spent an hour driving around the city looking for 3 passengers. Eventually we found them and were on our way. I don't know if it was the 5 am wake up call or what but I slept most of the day, inspite of the beautiful scenery-
This is one of the few fields of summer fallow I've seen. They get 3 crops/ year so crops are at all stages from just coming up to harvested. I've only seen one small tractor cultivating a field. I think most work is done custom and it's also possible to rent equipment. Farms are owned by huge companies and the workers live in dingy houses on the farms. Soy is a huge crop because they use it to make gasoline -
The size of the storage bins is incredible-
We camped behind a highway restaurant. They are quite popular in Brazil: food is served buffet style …