South America trip 2001-2002 the first world trip...
I started working in November 1999 after graduating at the University in Leuven, Belgium. Interesting job and a lot of . But a year and a half later I started thinking about doing a trip to South America. You know how these dreams come and are always there, but you never actually start working on realizing them. I think I already had this dream since I came back from Barcelona, where I studied 11 months, with the Erasmus program. But then you try to find a job, try to start a working life, and start making some money... So in May 2001 I was talking with my dear friend Sofie, who I've met in Barcelona. She was finishing here extra year of studies, also in Leuven, and was wondering about the near future. What am I going to do when I get this diploma at the end of June ? So after a few glasses of wine, she said we should do this trip to South America, to realize a mutual dream. Now is the time to do it.
The only planning we did follow was the rough route, circle around South America, counter clockwise. We started in Caracas Venezuela on the 13th of November 2001. Sofie came back from Caracas on the 1st of July 2002, 2 months later than planned. I stayed a month longer to relax on the Brazilian beaches.
We stayed a lot longer in Colombia then expected, and overstayed Bolivia and Brazil as well. Our favorite is obvious, Colombia, oour least must have been Ecuador, just because we felt like a tourist too much.
The best of would consist of hiking patagonia, biking Buenos Aires, exploring the Lanos in Venezuela, and the nightlife of Cali, Colombia. I found out that horse riding really isn't my thing, too bumpy, not much of relaxing, probably because I am a very lauzy horse rider.
A lot of thanks to Mattias and Audrey, for giving us this space and editing and publishing our texts on the hiking.be web site. I hope our stories will make a nice addition to the already existing hiking stories on this web site.
Keep on hiking,