Passport… check. Hiking shoes… check. Water bottle… check. Camera… check.
I’m about to embark on what is definitely the biggest adventure of my life thus far. My best friend Katherine and I are going to be traveling around South America for 5 weeks- visiting the countries of Peru (where she currently resides), Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. 2 friends (or as we call each other, soulsies), 4 countries, 10 cities, 35 days. IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!
We have been planning this trip for 2 years- that’s right, TWO YEARS. When Katherine decided to join the Peace Corps a few years ago, I immediately said “no matter where you are stationed, I’m going to visit you during your time there.” She looked at me with a big smile and no surprise because that’s just who we are as friends- finishing each others sentences, making the same jokes at the same time by accident, and on and on. Life changes courses for all of us, and Katherine ended up doing something different, but staying in Peru. She found herself a position of being a content writer for a travel blog, Peru for Less where she has been writing articles to help tourists travel around Peru on a budget. This position was 1 year long, so we planned our trip for when her job was up.. which apparently is now. Katherine and I have also traveled around Europe together with our 2 friends Cliff and Cliff- (yes as hard as it is to believe, I do have 2 friends named Cliff) when we were 19. Katherine has also accompanied me on a ski trip to Whistler with my dad, we’ve been on endless road trips together and our friendship has been spent more apart than together but we always just pick up right where we left off. We skype for hours on end and encourage each other through good times and bad. I truly believe that certain people are put on this earth to meet- and Katherine and I were bound to meet and be friends. I mean one of our first interactions was in the hallway in high school where she just saw me talking to one of her friends and asked me if I wanted to go camping with them that weekend. And that was it- we’ve been inseparable ever since.
I am so lucky to have a travel buddy and someone else in this world that has as much of an urge to see the world as me- and it always makes a little more fun having a companion on trips like these. I have no idea what the next 5 weeks have in store for me, but I am ready for it. My REI backpack is neatly packed and not even completely full, which was my goal for this trip because I know I’m going to be carrying everything so I might as well keep that to a minimum. This is it. I’m doing it.
That’s Katherine and I in Paris almost 6 years ago! I can’t wait to take better quality photos this trip but these two sum up our friendship pretty well!
I can’t wait to see you Katherine, it’s going to be a trip of a lifetime. I’m even jealous of us. 🙂 Now I’m off to a few fun days on the slopes with my family in Breckinridge before I head out to SA on Wednesday morning!
So I will be out of office until April 5- you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be checking it periodically throughout my trip and am still booking while I’m away so feel free to send me an email, it just might take a little longer to get back to you. Thanks for your patience and I’ll see you in 5 weeks, USA. Adios.