Month two has been wonderful. I’ve met many more travellers from all over the world, improved my Spanish and made an ocean crossing. I am still scared of bugs.
Places visited: Peru (Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lima), Colombia (Bogota, Cartagena), Panama (San Blas islands, Panama City, David, Alimarante, Bocas del Toros), Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo, Cahuita).
Currencies: Nueve Soles, Colombian Pesos, Dollars/Balboas, Colones.
Time differences: -5, -6, -7 GMT.
Modes of transport: Plane, taxi, car, bus, water taxi, sailboat, chicken bus
Favourite things: Spanish lessons in Cusco, the Inca Trail, stepping onto a deserted island, everything about Panama City, seeing a sloth.
Worst things: Colombian immigration, waking up in Bocas to a powercut in the sweltering heat.
What I should have brought: Litres of insect repellent.
Items bought: T-shirt, necklace, book, sundress.
Items lost: Pants. Very upsetting.
Books read: State of Wonder, Born to Run, The Handmaid’s Tale, A Thousand Splendid Suns, How to Travel the World on $30 a Day
Illnesses and injuries: Sunburn, seasickness, carsickness, general vomiting, scrathes, insect bites of all types.
Strange/ Interesting food: Lobster out of the shell, Dairy Queen
Best food: BBQ fish on an island with coconut rice, Jamaican jerk chicken
Coming up in month three…Costa Rica and its rainforests, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Expecting a lot of volcanoes and beaches!