March 21, 2011 § 4 Comments
In the process of trying to recover fragments of not too long ago, I find myself back in the all too familiar process that is travel planning. Although this time the period is only a fraction of what it was a few years back, the complications of booking flights, finding accommodation, and negotiating multi-city stops are none the easier. In fact, I think back on my big trip in 2008-2009 with what I can only describe as great fatigue really, as I sit here in my comfortable living room watching my big screen TV, wondering, how on earth I ever managed to pull it off. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of what I accomplished, but right this moment, all I want to do is have someone pick me up from the airport, bring me to a nice hotel, have someone take me around on air-conditioned private tours, and take me shopping, damn it. Of course plans always change and the first unexpected bump has occurred even before I’ve left. It turns out I need about a month to get a tourist visa to Brazil, and considering I leave in 2 weeks time, that plan is scratched. Instead of going to Brazil to be received by a friend, I have to go to Chile alone, somehow figure something out over there for 5 days, before reverting to the original plan of Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and LA/San Francisco. It all sounds way too hectic already. Anyone wanna come along to make things easier?