How I got here...
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I ask too many questions and my parents were smart enough not to get me any of those â€śTell Me Whyâ€ť books. They knew that for every question of mine it answered I would raise another 100! Something similar happened during the course of my Spanish lessons. After exhausting the patience of my tutors I would come home and surf the net for hours looking for answers to some very interesting and some absolutely stupid questions of mine.
While browsing around I came across a language learning site called Livemocha. To begin with it looked like just another networking website with almost the same features you find on a social networking site. Nothing special here, I told myself but registered there all the same. As I was already part of a structured Spanish course I did not enroll into a course on the site but tried my hand at helping other members with their English. I would specifically look for people who could help me with my Spanish and in the process I got to hook up with some amazingly helpful and friendly Spanish speakers.
Within a few days I realized it was a genuine site with real people having a passion to learn new languages. I also discovered that the grammar revision I did while learning my Spanish was helping me explain the English language nuances and differences to Spanish speakers. It was fun and the appreciation I got from fellow members was priceless.
Itâ€™s been about 8 months since Iâ€™ve been on that site and have had some amazing experiences. The fondest one that comes to mind now is how Silvia and I worked on her C.V. in English when she wanted to apply for a job at an American MNC. We went back and forth writing and rewriting her CV in English and were thrilled to bits when she got the job. I now await my treat from Sil when I visit
That said the task on hand for me was to start browsing the web in order to plan my dream holiday to LatAm. That was easier said than done. So many countries to choose from especially since all of them are so very beautiful and unique.
I had enough time and resources on hand and the one thing I didnâ€™t want to do was to make my trip the stereotyped touristy one where you just get in and out of coaches ticking off the list of things to do and see.
Theoretically it was exciting to plan the long 8 week trip on my own but the practical side of it posed a lot of issues to be looked into. Local help was the one thing that could make things easier. I started networking on LiveMocha sounding out my friends, that, I was finally coming their way.
The response was overwhelming. They said there was so much to do in each country that it was up to me to select what I wanted to do and they could then guide me around. The general suggestion was to strike a balance between using a tour company and doing it on my own. Security in the interiors was to be considered as I was traveling alone and in
There were so many websites to explore and save as favorites that I wondered if there was some kind of a limit on the number of favorites I could have on Internet Explorer! Just when I was warming up to the idea of setting a detailed time line for my travel I realized it was already time for my holiday in
I came back from
More browsing and looking for any travel companions was fun but also rewarding coz thatâ€™s how I landed up at TravBuddy. Once again didnâ€™t know if it was a good site but a few hours of discovering the site convinced me that it was great place to hook up with like minded travelers from around the worldâ€¦
So thatâ€™s my story of how I ended up hereâ€¦whatâ€™s yours?
My blog of my journey to my destination in LatAm continuesâ€¦.