My plans

I had originally planned to take a bus directly from Dallas to Mexico City and then backpack all the way through Central and South America.  I quickly realized that this wasnt very feasible with my budget and the sheer size of South America.  Having already been all through Mexico with friends and having taken a trip to Costa Rica, I decide to completely skip all of Central America.  I am sure one day I will get back to it, I would love to see Guatemala and explore all the Maya history it has.

After a ton of research and reading I decided to book a flight to Medellin, Colombia.  This will be the starting point of my trip and should be a city that I spend a few months in.  I wanted a city that was not loaded down with your classic tourist (the US govenment spewing bs and Pablo Escobar have helped with this) and also somewhere that had established itself as one of the better places to study Spanish.

As a bonafide gringo in almost every sense of the word, I do not really speak a drop of Spanish and can barely understand any as well.  So I will be throwing myself right into the culture and hopefully grasping the language as quickly as possible.  I will be studying at a local university there, EAFIT.

From there I plan to make my way down the west coast of the continent and explore every country that I can.  A few highlights that I would like to experience?  Taking a boat up the Amazon to the largest city in the world that is not accessible by road, Iquitos Peru.  Hike the Inca trail up to Machu Picchu.  Visit Lake Titicaca and La Paz which both hold the title of highest (elevation!) lake and capital city in the world.  Buenos Aires is also on the list, along with Patagonia, which I will be a dream come true if I can make it down that far.

Wish me luck!

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A little about me and why I am doing this

As I write this I am currently sitting at my bland desk in my bland office.  I have been working for the same company now for over 6 years and for the past 6 months or so I have really felt like it was time for a change. I recently turned 30 years old and for someone my age, one could say I am as free as they come.  No woman, child or career holding me down in one place.

Traveling for me does something to my mind and soul that is hard to put into words. I have so much more freedom and energy to get up and make the most of my day.  Those feelings are what has pushed me to take this trip, to set out and explore this massive planet that has so much more to offer.  In the mean time, if I learn more about myself that will be just the icing on the cake cake cake.

Hello world!

Although I am not much of a writer, I thought I would try out this blog thing while I am away.  I think it will be a good way for my family and friends to keep up with me and also something I can look back on and reminisce.

I hope to keep you all updated at least a few times a week on my experience with photos and a few of my words.

Enjoy!