Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
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I didn't really know what to do in Bolivia. I wanted to go to the beautiful salar but there was a big strike going on in Potosi, blocking my access to the Salar (and of many many other travelers). I made a deal with myself, that on the next Tuesday I would decide, if the strike wasn't over (and it wasn't likely to be), I would go to northern Bolivia and explore the jungle, and travel to the east of the country after. If it would be solved, I would go to the salar, my preferred option.
On top of that, I decided to jump and see what happened, throw a fish out there... And I e-mailed Eduardo and Daniel whom I met in the Sucre CS meetup to ask them when and where they were driving home from their South-America roadtrip, and... if maybe maybe I could get a ride to Brazil. Realising the odds of this working out being very tiny, I couldn't recall at all when they were driving back home and through what route (and the continent is kind of, big).
So, here comes the glorious list of luck being on my side:
- The strike at Potosi was finished on... exactly Monday evening, making my decision on Tuesday being the most unlikelyone, but my absolutely preferred, yaay!
- This meant I was going to be in South Bolivia, and Eduardo mailed me back that YES I could join but they would drive through Northern Argentina, exactly after my Salar trip, so I could easily hop over the border and meet up with them in Salta, Argentina, which I did. Crazy how easy this worked out!
- This gave me a ride of, hold on to your keyboards.... 3500 km!
- By the way, the fact that I met Eduardo and Daniel is also very lucky, they were only in Sucre for 1 night, and just exactly that evening I planned the CS bar meetup.
Arrived in their hometown of Brasilia, and so also my final stop, Claudiomar contacted me, and here comes a whole new lucky streak:
- As I booked a plane out of Brasilia, I had to find places to stay for 2 weeks in the city (the flight on that day was halfprice of the other days). Claudiomar said I was welcome there, AND his roommate was out of town and I could use his room. My flight out was on the 21st of September, and his roommate would return on, yes, the 22nd
- I wanted to check out Chapada de veaideiros national park, and coincidentally Claudiomar just quit his job and had a week free and wanted to see this park too. And his roommate, Ivesan, happened just to have finished school that week and had a few days open before flying to his father in the south of Brazil, and also didn't visit this park yet. So all these coincidences mixed, they took me for a few days out to Chapada with Ivesan's car.
- There was a very cool rockfestival happening where othes flew to Brasilia for, and I coincidentally was there just then.- Also a animated film festival going on
- I wanted to go to Pirenopolis, a cute colonial town, and just the last weekend that I could, this girl, Mayara, had to go there 2 days for her school, she took me and hosted her in her apartment there, and she happened to be a gastronomy student so she cooked for me :)
This has been a row of crazy lucky timings... It's great!!
Now I am in the airport, waiting for my flight to Recife, to go visit Juliana (who was also au pair in New York). My host in Recife has a swimmingpool on his roof :) More luck haha!
I love airports, they make me feel so happy inside, I want to jump around in them singing made-up songs, but I am able to restrain myself in this (it's hard though, the urge is big!).
(on a karma-note: Wish kerosine wasn't so harmful though)
Big beijo to all from lucky me! :)