The Simple Life in South America

So much has changed since my last post. As of a month ago, I was taking leave from work and heading off to Namibia to go visit my good friend Jaco, and have some time out from the madness of Cape Town, and planning my trip to India in December. While in Namibia, I made a huge life changing decision, one that has been playing on my mind for awhile now.

As soon as I got home to Cape Town, I quit my job, and decided to sell up all my stuff, cancel my India trip, and go on a wild adventure through South America with my friend Sam…I’m just going to South America indefinitely.

I’ve always read of people doing crazy things like this, and now I’M DOING IT!! My family and friends have been very supportive of my choice even though I have no actual plans set at all from the moment I touch down in Buenos Aires. But that’s all part of the journey.

The intention is to go work on organic farms, help build and learn more about sustainable houses, learn about permaculture, work in hostels, couch surf between towns, learn Spanish, learn to surf (finally!!), and just stop conforming to this 8-5 lifestyle which drains my soul. The incredibly vague idea is that we will be exploring Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, maybe Ecuador, and wherever else the wind takes us. Nothing is set in stone. This is a journey like no other.

So, 2 weeks to go before we leave. Any advice? Any ideas of how to actually make money (not just save money) as we travel? Any good places to go? Anyone we can come stay at? I AM SO EXCITED!! I think I should probably organise a little fairwell party for myself…

A casual 20 hour bus ride to Namibia

Reyno & I before our 20 hour bus trip

Reyno & I before our 20 hour bus trip

Living in Cape Town is quite a crazy life to live if you fully submerge yourself in all the activity’s that it has to offer. Lately I have been doing just that, and it’s starting to take it’s toll on me.

I decided to take some leave from work and hop on the bus to Windhoek, Namibia. It’s a casual 20 hour bus ride. 20 hours is LONG!! But, if you get the Intercape Sleepliner from Cape Town to Windhoek, the trip isn’t all that bad. The seats recline substantially, but do remember to bring your own pillow and blanket. It’s cold on that bus at night and I was stupid enough not to bring a blanket.

One of my most special friends of all time, Jaco, is currently working in Windhoek, and he’s always inviting me to visit. So Jaco’s brother, Reyno, and myself, decided to go on a little trip to Namibia, and here we are.

There isn’t much to do or see, but the time out is what I needed and what I came for. While Jaco is at work during the day, his house mates have been taking us around the town. I’m also spending a lot of my time researching and planning my next adventures. In the evenings we’ve been going to see some of the locals bars. Sunset at the Hilton Hotel, Wednesday night live music at the Warehouse Theatre, Friday night drinks at Joe’s Beer House. Namibia is all about the beer and a miss-mash of English, Afrikaans and German. Everybody speaks a combination of these three. It’s incredible.

One thing random, but worth mentioning, is the dry air. It’s higher in altitude than Cape Town of course, but man I’ve been struggling with my nose. It’s been dry and bloody and crusty this past week. I’m leaving to go back home tomorrow, but my nose is only coming right now. Be warned.

I’m so glad I decided to come on this little getaway, to refreshen my spirit and my body. It really is the time-out that I’ve been needing. Consider me back in my happy bubble again at last. It’s been awhile now.

Sunset from the Hilton Hotel

Sunset from the Hilton Hotel