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South America Here I Come!

Machu Pichu In Peru

 

 

In just over a week, I will be heading off on a month-long trip to South America – 34 days to be exact! It seems like only yesterday when I first booked the flight back in September, and now the days are numbered until I set foot on a new continent. Rather than bombard you with countless paragraphs, I thought I would give the nitty gritty through a Q&A panel:

So where are you going exactly?

Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. I fly into Lima and fly back from Buenos Aires.

Alone or with friends?

I’ll be joining up with a small tour group in Lima where we will begin our South American odyssey.

What will be the highlights of the trip?

Visiting Machu Picchu, crossing the Salt Flats of Uyuni in Bolivia by 4×4, exploring the lake districts of Chile and Argentina, and getting lost in the metropolises of Santiago and Buenos Aires.

How will you get around?

A mix of using coach buses, trains, car rentals and internal flights.

Did you have to get any shots?

Yes, five of them. Three in one day, I might add, ouch!

What are you looking forward to the most?

Obviously Machu Picchu! But I’m really looking forwarding to seeing Chile and Argentina as well, since they are both such fascinating countries rich in history.

What will be the most challenging?

I would say when we journey through the Salt Flats, where I have been told can get really cold. We’ll also be camping there for three nights, and I’ve never camped before! That, and adjusting to the altitude when we get to Cusco; it’s 12,000 feet above sea level, which is four thousand feet higher than Machu Picchu! I’m hoping I don’t get Altitude Sickness.

What about the language barrier?

That’s the beauty part, there won’t be any! I speak almost fluent Spanish as I hold a degree in it, and I lived in Spain for over a year.

Will you get any writing done while you’re there?

Unfortunately not, unless one counts writing in a journal. I’ll be constantly on the move, and any free time will be spent relaxing, doing laundry and keeping friends and family back home posted.

What souvenirs do you hope to bring back?

Lots of photos and memories of course! I do collect fridge magnets, so I’m hoping to bring one back from each country I visit.

Why South America?

It was a toss up between this, Japan, or Australia and New Zealand. I made my choice and I stick with it! I’ve always wanted to go, and I figure it’s now or never. I wanted to visit other Spanish-speaking countries. I’m fortunate enough where I will have a month off work as it is a slow time at the school where I teach English. When will I ever have this opportunity before retirement?

 

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Not So Traditional Christmas

I imagine that many of you are spending Christmas with your families – sitting by the fire, watching the snowflakes tumbling, exchanging presents, you get the idea. I do hope you savor the moment and are grateful to have these people in your lives. May God bless you all. For me, I’m spending my Christmas a little differently. Being divorced and without children, I have a little more flexibility so I’m spending the holidays in Florida, by the beach. Sure, it’s not the same without the white stuff, but I’m sure Santa can find his way down here on a surfboard. But a lot has happened this year and I need some time to be alone with my thoughts.

In addition to my job teaching English, I’ve been working really hard on my novel as well as improving my writing skills. I’ve faced many challenges and successfully come out on top. I’ve also had to make some tough decisions – one which I still regret presently. It was one of those fork-in-the-road choices, and I always think ‘Should I have gone the other way?’ Do you ever have regrets like this? How do you deal with them? I’ve done my best to just move on and say it was the best thing for me, but still look back at times. Being at place, which I’ve loved since childhood, gives me a chance to reflect on all that I’ve accomplished this year and what I can do to improve myself in the new year. I think it will be nice to just stroll the beach on Christmas day with some friends, while barbecuing some steaks at sunset – something I really love doing here. Of course I will be in the company of family, so don’t think I’m shutting myself from the outside world completely (LOL).

I also want to send a special thank you to all those who have been following my blog this year. Your support has done more than words can describe, so thanks a million! I hope you spread the word to your friends and that I can have my book finished next year, so that you can delight in all that brings. Merry Christmas to all of you! Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season!

Frank Fisher
“Don’t just think it, write it!”

 

 

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Wonderful Winter

You’re probably flagging this post, or at the least bulging your eyes or turning up your noses. OK, maybe I’m a little crazy and no I haven’t been smoking anything, but winter is perhaps my favorite season of the year. I don’t know why, but I love the white stuff. I always look forward to a heavy snowfall, especially if I don’t have to go anywhere the next day. And let’s not forget about the Christmas season – with all the many hues of green and red, parties and lots of eggnog. But yes, I’ll admit I hate having to drive in it or shoveling it, but c’est la vie! Anyways, what I love about it so much is because I can get out and ski and snowshoe. Since I live in Canada, winter is a part of my life most of the year. Also, it’s what makes Canada stand out so much. Up here, most of us hibernate in our homes or head down to sunny destinations during the winter, while the rest choose to make the most of winter. I hope you will be among ‘the rest’ this winter. So for those of you in Canada and the northern states, I’d like to share a few tips on how to make the most of the winter.

1. Accept winter – it’s here, so get used to it. Unless, you’re a magician it’s not going away anytime soon. So don’t fear it, embrace it.

2. Get outdoors – snowshoeing, skiing, skating, possibilities are almost endless. And if you have children, there’s tobogganing, tubing and making snowmen (likely to bring up some happy childhood memories). Of course, you don’t have to do snow sports; just take a winter stroll around your town, anything to get you out of the house. Sure, you’ll have to endure the cold and put on a few layers, but it’s not going to kill you.

3. Share it with friends – find something wintery that you and your friends can do. The more the merrier. Talk to them, see what they’d like to do. Maybe they know something about snowshoeing, or skiing that you don’t?

So, make the most out of winter. After all, for many of us it’s around most of the year. So this winter, forgo that trip down to the Bahamas or Mexico. Think about the money you could save for something special when the summer comes back again. Whatever you do, try to make the winter your new friend. You’ll feel better if you do, trust me. Happy holidays!

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