Long-distance bus disasters

Long-distance buses are essential for traveling South America. They’ll take you anywhere! It will take you a few hours, sometimes more, sometimes less, but you will get there eventually. Since we landed in Lima in the middle of January those buses were the only way we made it from A to B, not always comfortable but reasonably priced and (almost) always there when you need them. When you look at the continent of South America it might seem small because countries are so big and spread out. To take you from Lima to Cusco for example will take you around 22 hours and that being on a good road. So we’ve gotten pretty used to spending good amounts of time on buses and even came to like it. Everything that is under 6 hours actually seems to be a short time of traveling. Darn, that will be a big change coming back to Europe and realizing that everything is so close!Read More »

What is different about South American countries?

Hey guys!

I am back in English. The last two posts were in German and I kind of enjoyed writing in my mother tongue. You can let me know below, what you prefer?! But here we go with what I have to say for today:

You know that feeling when somebody is generalizing places like Europe and you are just thinking to yourself “Well, Europe is much more than just one thing!” But to be honest I often do the same thing with Africa or Asia, but even Eastern Europe. It’s because I haven’t really been to any of these regions, and I think that’s a normal behavior if you are not familiar with the distinct countries. You might have heard some clichés or preconceptions and that’s what you go with. The same applied for me when I was thinking about South America. There are a couple of countries, but they are pretty much the same, right?

Of course traveling here taught me otherwise.Read More »

Culture shock in South America

I always thought culture shock was something absurd. I knew I wouldn’t always agree with everything I encounter in a new and different country and that there will be things to frustrate me. It had never gone that far so I would call it a culture shock but this time it hit me – a little harder. It may be that all the other times before, I haven’t gone out too far of my comfort zone and stayed or moved to places with similar backgrounds, cultures, values and customs. There wasn’t that much of a change from home. Or it can be that I expected a lot of my travels through South America, I hoped them to be perfectly relaxing and easy and to be fun and games, always. Which was not so much the case.Read More »

Habits to break

Hey people!

Like you can read in the title this tiny post will be about a few habits I formed during my travels in South America – and that I will need to break as soon as I land on European soil again. Not that I am thinking about coming home yet, in fact we are just at our half point of our travels and I feel this time passed way too fast, even though we saw and learned so many things already. Whatever – I will get right to it now! :-)Read More »

Happy birthday to myself

Just throwing in a little life-update from my side here:

As I recently celebrated my 21st birthday (finally considered a complete adult – even in the US!) I decided to spoil myself a little bit. As some of you might know, the last few months I have been maintaining this blog solely from my iPhone, one with only 8GB storage! :D You can probably tell how frustrating this whole task can become considering I had to play the pictures from the camera to my phone and “edit” them and type everything with my two thumbs. Not complaining – I still loved to prepare every single post. It just took me close to forever.

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Things we take for granted but should be thankful for

Traveling and living in Peru and Bolivia, talking to locals and experiencing everyday life has so far changed a lot in my point of view and how I see the world. Not only are these “third-world” countries and you can see the poor in every corner, but also do the people here grow up with a completely different mindset and mentality.

Below I have plotted down a few points that came to my mind in terms of things that people in the Western countries take for granted  and don’t even think about.Read More »

Sillustani – Ruins of the Inka

Most of you might have heard of Machu Picchu and the Inka trail and how this lost tribe had lived and sustained themselves in the Andes. As soon as I did some travel preparation and came here I quickly found out that Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley were only a small percentage of what was still left of the ancient tribe on the continent. Actually in most regions of Peru and Bolivia you can find ruins or excavations of Inka and pre-Inka peoples.Read More »

Packing for Peru

You are about to travel to Peru? Get ready to bring half of your closet!

Not really, but you will soon understand why. Peru is full of different kinds of landscapes. Deserts, mountains, jungle. And the best thing is it will only take you a few hours by bus from the desert into the mountains and from the mountains to the jungle.Read More »