“I feel that experience can often be compared to art. Some pieces are immediately recognized as beautiful, some can be very easily confirmed as difficult. Some art takes a while to comprehend.
South America has been an oil painting for me. Unlike any travel I've ever experienced; being in it looks like an imbroglio of pigments. I don't know what I'll make of it until I step away. But the time has come to do just that.
The vastness of the terrain, the swaying hips, the wild parties, the challenges, the friendships that tear the crust of my heart and are taken home with everyone I've fallen just a little bit in love with. Street dogs and avocados. Charlie and Benzos. Midnight fiestas, beach shacks, hammocks, Dutch boys and my newfound adoration of the Israelis. Sunsets. Deserts. Jungles. Mountains. Glaciers and salt flats. Long conversations and so much laughter I thought often, that my stomach lining would bleed. Butchering Spanish. Mangoes and pane. Happy brownies.
All of this makes a cacophony of colour that I can only comprehend by stepping out of it and peering back in at the kaleidoscope.
I know that travel makes you a story-teller. I know that seeking and discovering makes you grateful. I know that you always find your tribe, and that in the end, your heart is buoyed by understanding that to grow you must unravel and begin again many times over.
I know that merely seeing and experiencing is not enough for me. The real magic happens when I sift through it and find the tablets of wisdom that lie in wait for those moments of recollective clarity.
And as my experience expands with hindsight and this exposure becomes more and more vivid, I know I hold the hands of all the people that gave me something to write about, whenever I tell my stories.
South America, it's been a dream. And now it's time to wake up. 💜” - a throwback from 2016. Two years ago and only yesterday. .
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