It’s hard to believe, but it’s been six months since I hit the road and three months since my last “quarterly report.” My life the past six months has been organized and cataloged in my mind by location instead of date. I can’t believe three months ago I was just entering Nicaragua. It seems so long ago.
This quarter has seen its share of ups and downs. But if you’ve been following along, you know there have been many more ups than downs. If you haven’t been following along, then below is the “best of” section covering the past quarter.
I think during this quarter I’ve settled into my groove. I am quite comfortable now, things seem to be working out better and with less effort, and my experiences have been wonderful.
I’ve gotten much better at accepting life and what it has thrown at me during this quarter – ultimately the secret to a happy life. I still have a ways to go, and there’s an article in the queue coming soon that explains how my definition of happiness has changed since I started this trip.
This coming quarter will be very exciting! I’ll head to Peru, long a dream of mine, maybe go to Bolivia and Paraguay, which were not part of the original plan, and finish out South America from Chile, also not part of the original plan. Depending how things go, I might even be home at the end of this quarter as I transition from South America to Asia. Who knows..
And, of course, I’m excited about my hair fundraiser. I hope to raise lots of money for Wigs for Kids this quarter in honor of my uncle battling cancer. Check out the details here.
Total Distance Traveled: 4660mi / 7500km
Distance Traveled By Bus: 4350mi / 7000km
Distance Traveled By Air: 0 mi / 0 km
Distance Traveled By Boat: 310 mi / 500 km (Panama to Colombia)
Longest Bus Ride: 16 Hours (Cucuta, Colombia – Medellin, Colombia)
Total Number of Beds Slept In: 25
Borders crossed: 7 (Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Colombia again)
Amount Spent On Happy Nomad Tour Accommodation: $133
Total Spent: ? I haven’t checked the balance with my Danish bank in about five months. I probably spend on average $10/day depending on my housing situation and how expensive the country is.
Most embarrassing moment: Walking around Medellin with a toilet paper tail
Best volunteering experience: Playing with angels in Medellin at Angeles de Medellin
Nicest Accommodation: My friend’s place in Medellin. I called it The Ritz Carlton part of my trip
Best weekend trip: Meeting up with Jenevieve In Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Saddest moment: Missing the wedding of a good friend
Best chance encounter: Meeting a photographer from newspaper El Colombiano and then having an article written about Angeles de Medellin because of it
Greatest rescue: My shorts in Medellin
Best “I’m glad I’m always calm now” moment: Being accused of theft at a store in Venezuela
Best first look at the Andes Mountains: Merida, Venezulea
Best book read: The Power of Now
Best surprise experience: Going to the beach for New Year’s in Venezuela
Best experience in nature: Tayrona National Park in Colombia
Most beautiful sunset: In Taganga, Colombia despite being bothered by a drunk hippie
Most expensive event: Sailing from Panama to Colombia
Nicest skyline: Panama City, Panama
The best thing since sliced bread: Guava Roscon in Colombia
Best indigenous experience: Chichica, Panama
Coolest accommodation: Casa del Indio in Cartago, Costa Rica
Strangest way to get on TV: Right This Minute TV appearance
Best “just in time” housing: Waking up homeless on Thanksgiving and being rescued by Indians
Coolest coffee preparation: Making coffee the Central American way
Best business school speech: Speaking at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica
Best quitting experience: Quitting Nicaragua
Nicest cafe: The one in Cartagena, Colombia
Most colorful city: Guatape, Colombia
Most beautiful city: Medellin, Colombia
Most surprising city: Caracas, Venezuela
Best fruit: Colombia, without question
Spookiest post: 1984 in Venezuela
Most expensive bus ticket: $98,000 bus ticket in Colombia
Coolest local entrepreneurship: Building bridges during flooding in Cartagena, Colombia
Let’s see what Q3 brings!