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01-03-2018, 17:36   #1
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Now Ye're Talking - to a woman travelling South America

Our next guest is a solo female traveller and blogger who is currently travelling around South America after 9 years living in New Zealand and a couple years before that in Europe.

One year travelling. No Spanish. One woman. Cultural differences galore no doubt!
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01-03-2018, 17:44   #2
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What is your planned route through South America - anywhere especially added to your route or that you are purposefully avoiding?
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is Argentina culture/designs etc really as European as there made out to be ??

any other SA country's share almost identical Euro cultures ??
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01-03-2018, 18:05   #4
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Hi everyone,
Super excited to do this AMA, I am an avid AMA follower!
Currently in glorious Colombian sunshine, I shall send you some to thaw you all out
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What is your planned route through South America - anywhere especially added to your route or that you are purposefully avoiding?
Hey!
Thanks for your question
I flew to Buenos Aires on July 14 and had a loose itinerary planned but have changed my plans quite a bit!
Initially I wanted to travel Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Cuba ....

But!
I cut Chile and Paraguay instantly due to $$ and weather. I went from Argentina through Uruguay to Brazil and then back to Argentina.

I only have a bit over 3m left and I am STILL in Colombia, I have discovered I travel incredibly slowly. Which I love! So I don't think I will see all I want but I am okay with that. It has been amazing!

As safety is a concern I will also cut Venezuela and I am not sure if I will even get to Mexico, let alone Cuba! Aside from that it has been pretty close to my plan

Sorry for the long answer!
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Has the snow arrived there yet?
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is Argentina culture/designs etc really as European as there made out to be ??

any other SA country's share almost identical Euro cultures ??
Thank you for your question!

Mmm... who ever called Buenos Aires the Paris of the South needs glasses I didn't love Argentina and left after 10 days, instead of my planned month so I didn't see it all, but nor did I feel any European charm or warmth from any city I visited.

Buenos Aires certainly has pockets of beauty, but it has nothing on Paris.

I found Uruguay so much more European, Montevideo is a perfect example! Miraflores, Lima in Peru is as Western as any city in Europe... but with more gated communities. Most capital cities have a Western pocket for sure, you could be in any city in the world.

Paraty in Brazil is magic... almost identical to any Portuguese pueblo! Peru is incredibly colonial and Spanish influence is everywhere.

It's funny how certain countries struggle with identities- Ecuador is fresh in my mind. Sierras (mountains) are incredibly Peruvian, beaches are Colombian.
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Has the snow arrived there yet?
Nope ðŸ˜
It's a comfortable 23 degrees.
Want me to send bread?!
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How many people have you slept with on your travels?
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Have you rode many local men on your travels?
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Escalated quickly haha! I may have dabbled.

Being a curly ginger in SA is the equivilant to being Shakira in Europe. The attention is insane.

However, I will say this. Everybody on this planet must take a Latino lover at least once. It will change your life.
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See above
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Hey, how old are you?
And I wonder do you think age matters as a solo woman traveller?
I have done a little bit, but I'm much more confident & feel much more secure now that I'm a bit older.
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Escalated quickly haha! I may have dabbled.

Being a curly ginger in SA is the equivilant to being Shakira in Europe. The attention is insane.

However, I will say this. Everybody on this planet must take a Latino lover at least once. It will change your life.
Can you give us numbers? I was with a Latino girl once...my god!!!
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Escalated quickly haha! I may have dabbled.

Being a curly ginger in SA is the equivilant to being Shakira in Europe. The attention is insane.

However, I will say this. Everybody on this planet must take a Latino lover at least once. It will change your life.
Can you give us numbers? I was with a Latino girl once...my god!!!
Unreal huh? The passion... The. Passion.

My numbers are healthy - I skipped Bolivia.
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