I’ve always wanted to go to the Patagonia area in Chile/Argentina ever since I saw the pictures of those jagged mountains, greenish lakes, and glaciers with blue ice. I’ve never taken the trip because traveling on my own was beyond my imagination.
Life changed so much since then. I’ve traveled a few places by myself—visited Costa Rico, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and drove to and from Alaska on my own. So it’s time to revisit my dream and make it come true.
Still, I’m anxious. All the other trips were in English-speaking countries, which are safe. This time, I’ll be in Chile and Argentina, and I don’t speak a word of Spanish. Luckily I found Google translator, which allows me to download Spanish dictionary (and Chinese). This tool eased my anxiety somewhat.
Yet there are other things to worry about, like pickpocketing and bag snatching. I heard terrible stories (My sister’s backpack was switched in a hotel lobby in Mexico). No one will watch my back. What if I lose my credit cards? What if I lose my passport? What if…
“Bad” things have already happened before the trip: the tour company emailed me the wrong information (the trip was in the wrong direction as I booked), the airline didn’t assign any seats for me, which I’ve already booked (it was fixed), my laptop started to act out (turned out to be my fault—I didn’t plug it properly), the weather down south is rainy and cold…
Now that I’m sitting in the Phoenix airport, getting ready to board, I decided to let go of my anxiety. Part of the fun of travel is the unknown. I’ll take whatever comes my way and view it as an adventure. At least, if anything happens, I’ll have a story to tell here. Otherwise, I’ll just post some pictures with the name of the places that I can’t pronounce. 🙂
Oh, I hope the wifi is good enough so that I can post pictures. I heard it can be spotty and unreliable. We’ll find out together, won’t we?
Here is an overall plan:
Fly from Phoenix to Ushuaia, stopping at Buenos Aires for one night (layover for 15 hours so I found a cheap hotel to stay). Ushuaia is the southernmost city in South American; it’s called the end of the world. From there I’ll take bus from one city to another up north for three and half weeks, stopping 1-4 nights at each city. The last two weeks I’ll take a group tour, ending the trip in Santiago. The whole stretch will be about 1500 miles.
Wish me luck 🙂