Pia W

Joined March 2018
  • Day76

    Back in UK

    June 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Now relaxing for a few days in LB before going to Italy with the fam 😁 Feels so strange to be in such a developed country. Everything looks so quintessentially English! The roads, houses... having to remember that I can throw toilet paper in the loo again and that I don’t have to worry about hot showers! Plenty of hot water here! 😂Read more

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  • Day74

    A trip of a lifetime

    June 5, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    I’m now at the end of my South American adventure. It’s with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to this part of the world. I definitely could have gone on for another month or so.

    I have had the time of my life. It’s exceeded all that I had envisaged the trip to be. Travelling alone is character building and even though I did spend a lot of my time with people, it was great to meet new travellers who share the same adventurous spirit. I learnt a lot about the history, culture and people of the countries I’ve been to. There is so much diversity in the food, accents, clothing and buildings.

    Highlights were, in no particular order:

    - Reaching the summit of Las Torres in Patagonia. That was SO HARD and I really had to push myself to complete the last part of the first 12km. The fact we completed the 24km in 9 hours was a huge achievement. Loved Ecocamp as well. Sunrises were so beautiful.

    - Glacier trekking at Perito Moreno.

    - Machu Picchu in the rain with the double rainbow in the background. There was hardly anyone walking around that afternoon and it made the whole experience so special, as opposed to the next morning when we went and it was full of tourists. I enjoyed spending time with Alistair and Alison. They are lovely people.

    - The three day 4WD across Bolivia salt flats to get to San Pedro de Atacama was memorable. Not always enjoyable given how long the days were. But the scenery was epic and out of this world in a lot of places. Will never forget PK’s argument with Astrid in the car!

    - Iguassu falls. Omg. So beautiful. The boatride was sooo much fun. Getting absolutely drenched. Then the scenery and walking right up to the falls on the Brasilian side was so much fun. It was rainbow heaven! 🌈 I enjoyed hanging out with the Asian boys too. They were fun and it was nice to have someone on the trip who spoke Canto!

    - I love Rio. So picturesque. The football match was so much fun and will always remember that. The views from Sugarloaf mountain were spectacular. And loved going to the Ipanema and Copacaban beaches. One of those pinch me moments.

    - Colombia. If it weren’t for meeting Rey, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed Bogotá as much. I really enjoyed the trip to the coffee plantation and will remember our conversation late at night with Christian, his wife, Yara and Aiko. Was hilarious. Medellín was fun and glad I went to that club if only for an hour! Going to the caribbean for the first time was unreal. Such beautiful water. Although I think the water in Belize was more spectacular if that’s possible! A great group during the Colombia trip.

    - Loved snorkelling in Belize. Seeing a turtle for the first time and the dolphins was very special. The Mayan ruins were great but had enough after half a day. The sinkhole (Gran Cenote) was really cool to swim in, quite literally. Bree dropped our locker key, it got stuck in the tree and I had to go dive into the water and pick it up! Adrenaline rush! Relaxing on tje beach was also fun. The two girls from Brisbane, Jenna and Carly, grew on me and I laughed a lot with them around. Our last night in Mexico was a lot fun, at the club. Good to let go once in a while!

    I have a feeling I’ll be back in this region sooner rather than later. I’ve made a point to myself to enjoy every moment and I have. I feel much more energised after the last 2.5 months and more relaxed.
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  • Day73

    Mexico - short but sweet

    June 4, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    🎧 I wanna dance by the water
    Beneath the Mexican sky.
    Drink some margaritas by a string of blue lights.
    Listen to Mariachi at midnight,
    Are you with me?🎧

    We had a really good last night in this part of the world. Really enjoyed it. Went out for tacos (I shared Guac and chips and coconut breaded shrimp, with Carly). We then went for a drink at a Dubai bar (of all places? There were these two guys who would not stop filming themselves and us... was really off putting! Plus they played some arabic music or middle eastern that all sounded the same. No offence. Eventually we listened to some Cardi B which got the girls dancing. They have no inhibitions.

    We then went to this club which was really cool. I sipped on my tequila (when in Mexico...), which is apparently the right practice here, instead of downing shots! 🍸 They had this steam machine which blasted cold air every so often, whih was really cool and literally cool as it was hot hot hot! 😂😁

    Peace out Mexico. I’d definitely like to come back and hang out by the beautiful beach. Another time 😊🌴🌊
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  • Day72

    Hola Mexico!

    June 3, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We arrived in Mexico and went to Tulum. A small town with LOTS of mosquitos. Poor Trev, he got bitten everywhere. We had a nice relaxing time. Highlight was the Grand Cenote sinkhole and chilling by the beach. Much deserved after an activity packed 2.5 months!! We also tried some amazing local tacos that cost about 2 pounds for 3 big ones. So cheap. Had pineapple and pork with guacamole. YUM. Although, to be honest, I can do tacos once in a while but not every night like the others did. The two girls and our guide, Sofi were almost constantly sick. Not sure why. Weird that Sofi would be sick if she is from this region...

    Unfortunately the sea wasn’t great to swim in. None of us tried. It was full of seaweed that also made it stink a bit! Something to do with low season.
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  • Day70

    Overcoming boredom on CC

    June 1, 2018 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We decided to rent a buggy and make a stupid video of us four (jenna, carly, trev and I) on the island. Jen apparently has these stupid videos of herself on IG. So I thought it’d be a good idea to do something on the island - basically, of her dancing really ridiculously. She has no shame. It’s funny.

    We saw seahorses and pelicans too. Did a walk around the island which took about half an hour 😂🌴
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  • Day69

    Caye Caulker

    May 31, 2018 in Belize ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Spent 3 days on this small, relaxed carribean island. Highlight was definitely the snorkelling day. Look at the blue sea!! We saw a turtle, a dolphin, sharks, fish and this orange seaweed that felt really itchy when you were swimming amongst it. Fab day. One of the highlights if not the best day on this trip. Water was so clear, if not a bit choppy!

    Songs I’m listening to on repeat: Rockabye and a few nicky jam songs, reggaeton style!
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  • Day68

    Tikal Temples

    May 30, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Spent a very hot day visiting the ruins in the morning. By 11:30am it was a sweltering 38 degrees. Hot hot hot!
    Our tour guide, Sofit left us again to do I don’t know what, whilst Reyes took us around the pyramids. We heard howler monkeys again which was really cool. To be honest I can’t remember much of what he said about the temples! And once you’ve seen one, you’ve probably seen them all. That said, it was really special stepping foot on the same soil the Mayans built these impressive linestone structures.

    We had lunch and a swim in the lake (found out after there were alligators in there!). Then onto San Ignacio in Belize. Carly thought because we had to show our passport at Tikal, that we were crossing the border already....!

    We stayed tonight in a small town just across the Belizean border. We had takeout - meatballs, cocunt rice and beans. Was yum! We sat by the pool and carly entertained us with her card trick!
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  • Day66

    Mayan Yaxha ruins

    May 28, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    We opted to do a tour of this lesser known Mayan ruin, which was special because there weren’t a lot of people on site. We almost had the place to ourselves, plus the howler monkeys! We watched a really nice sunset. We were told to shut up as this local man (pretty sure he was on drugs) wanted to meditate. He did for a few seconds before scrolling facebook.Read more

  • Day64

    Rio Dulce

    May 26, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We stayed on this river for a couple nights. Was nice to be living in nature... well luckily I had a nice big bed with a roof and a fan! It was really hot and humid. Apparently the latitude is similar to that of Sri Lanka, so no wonder it was steamy!

    Did a river cruise and went to a place called Livingston. Quite a poor area that lives off tourism. It was a nice day. The girls would not stop taking videos and selfies...! I’m slowly getting used to it though.Read more

  • Day63

    Guate! First stop - Antigua

    May 25, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Joined my new group today. Was sad to leave Colombia so soon, but eso es la vida! I believe that’s how they say c’est la vie en español??

    Dissaponted there are only 5 of us on the tour.... such a small group. One of the Aussie girls thought we were in Mexico... and took out all her foreign currency in Mexican pesos.... right.... 😳😂Read more

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