The trip begins...
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A trip back into my childhood, this is how I saw my upcoming backpacking trip to South America . As a child Iâ€™ve lived for 4 years with my parents in Bogota , Colombia due to my dadâ€™s job and have mainly good memories on that time. Around twenty years later I was coming back into this region, not directly to Colombia , but close enough. Me and 3 of my good friends pretended to travel around its neighbour Peru as well as around Bolivia and North Chile . The last of these three countries wasnâ€™t on the list right from the beginning on, but as returning back from Bolivia to Peru the same way sounded a bit boring, we opted for a different route crossing Chileâ€™s north. Aaaandâ€¦as we were supposed to fly with the Brasilean airline TAM we ended up having a 13 hours stopover in Sao Paulo on the way back. Of course we didnâ€™t plan to stay all that time on the airport.
Our travelling gang consisted of:
- me ( unfortunately I was the only one who speaks Spanish),
- my Swedish friend Dan whoâ€™s a travelbuddy as well and lives now in Slovakia , weâ€™ve been together in Romania
- Pavel (heâ€™s half Czech, half Slovak but has a Czech passport) who travelled with me already to Egypt and South-East Asia
- Marian, a Slovak friend I know from a part-time job as a student, unfortunately he doesnâ€™t speak English nor Spanish
In Pavelâ€™s case I knew what I can rely on, we did already two backpacker trips together.
Travbuddy Yadi was a really big help and a good source on useful information. Got some tips also from other travbuddies like Lili or Jenny while planning the trip. The plan was a bit tight for 3 weeks, but manageableâ€¦if we didnâ€™t get into some trouble in Bolivia because of all the strikes, demonstrations and blocades going on.
Pavel flew to our first stop Madrid already on Wednesday, for the rest of us the flight Vienna-Madrid was Saturday evening.
So the first part of our long flight wasnâ€™t very exiting, but we were looking forward to Madrid where we were supposed to spend some 18 hours before we had to catch our next flight. And we could stay for free at a friendâ€™s place for that night, a perfect start for a perfect trip.