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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Gold Fever

Tomorrow we’re leaving for Ecuador to get a well-deserved Latin-American honeymoon after all those months of hard working and getting married. I’ve been looking forward to this a lot, despite the fact that we’ll have to get up in the middle of the night (4.30 AM).

It’s going to be an adventurous trip, but with some compromises in terms of comfort. We’ll be travelling with public transport and stay in small local hotels or with local people, but we’ll also have a guide that will take care of time-schedules and finding accommodation. This way, we get the best of both worlds. We can do whatever we feel like, and we don’t have to worry about catching busses that only leave once every three days after full moon. The organisation that organises these tours is called GAP adventures, and I did a trip with them through Central America a couple of years ago. I liked the formula so much, I proposed to do it again for our honeymoon.

Tomorrow will be a long day of travelling. First from Brussels to Madrid, then a long-haul flight from Madrid to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. There we’ll stay a day or two, and then we head for the volcanic hot springs of Papallacta. Then it’s off to the Amazon, where we will participate in the typical local tradition of getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and the occasional snake. Oh, and apparently it’s the rainy season, in the Amazon rain forest that is. So it’s going to be wet. On the up stay, we get to stay in a real jungle lodge with real Amazon Indians (I should say Indigénas, they detest being mixed up with people from East Asia).

After that, it’s hot water spring time again. Oh, I just can’t wait to be lying on my lazy back with a huge cocktail in my hand. We’ll also have the chance to climb some volcanoes, some of which are working. Anyway, it was nice to have known you all…

We’ll also have the chance to do some horse-riding, at a real hacienda. And after that it’s back to Quito again. All in all we’ll be gone for three weeks (you can follow the trip we're doing here), and you know what that means. If I have the opportunity (and feel like it) I’ll keep you updated via the Haloscan comments. If you don’t hear from me, maybe someone should look around for a very big Anaconda slithering through the Amazon…

Posted by Bart at 5:45 PM
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