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Final thoughts...

...when waiting for the flight to Helsinki in Dusseldorf

As a final summary we have gathered the main good and bad impressions from each country we visited. Bolivia was overwhelmingly the best country, but we had a good time in all of them anyway.

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Brazil
+Easygoing, Drinks, Sun & Beibs
-A bit expensive
9 Caipirinhas!

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Paraguay
+Turists as rare as pumas
-Not much to do
6,5 Tereres!

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Argentina
+Wine
-A bit ordinary
8+ Fernets!

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Chile
+Rapa Nui (10-)
-Most westernized
7,5 Grapes!

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Uruguay
+Feels like home, east european feel
-Visited during wrong season
8,5 Medio & Medios!

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BOLIVIA
+Everything
-Cold in the mountains
10 Coca leaves!

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Peru
+Machu Picchu
-The toursist places were really turisty
7,5 Inca colas!

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Equador
+Galápagos
-Guyaguil, amereican vibe
7,5 bananas!

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Colombia
+Scenic, Diverce
- Police state
8,5 lines of coke!

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Venezuela
+Frindly people and giving USA the finger
-Dodgy
7 Chaveses!

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Panama
+San Blas
-Yankee feel
6,5 Kunas!

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Costa Rica
+Porto Viejo
-Costa mucho
6,5 Ticos!

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Nicaragua
+Easy going
-Not enough time spent
8 bottles of rum!

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Honduras
+Good cigars
-Rainy season at strange time of the year
6.5 cigars!

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El Salvador
+Playa el Tunco
-Seemed a bit crowded
7.5 Gnomes!

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Guatemala
+Active vulcano
-Boat mafia on lago atitlan
7.5 Shots of rum!

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Belize
+Friendly, relaxed, garifuna vibe
-Expensive
9 Camarones!

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Mexico
+Food
-Cancun
7+ Tequilas!

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Well it has been an adventure, that’s for sure. During these 14 months we have seen a lot of new things, met a lot of new people and experienced all kinds of weird and interesting stuff. It feels like it has made us much wiser than we were before, but that might be for others to decide...

A few things are for certain. The world is huge and filled with new things to experience and discover. Many places are still authentic and spectacular, like Bolivia where you can still meet genuinely honest people, see real native traditions still being practised, and do crazy things without too many rules. But unfortunatly some places are getting more americanized, many of which are already beyond help with chains like McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts in every corner and no sign of the traditional values left. Some countries don’t even have their own currency anymore, but use the American dollar.

One thing is for sure as well: no matter where in the world you go people are still people. They try to survive like we all do, doing whatever it takes to scrape together the funds needed to go on living. Be it a guy collecting cardboard from trash cans or a woman selling juice on the corner of a street, it is always about getting by. Everybody needs money to survive and some people are ready to go to extremes to get it. Unfortunately the tourists are many times the victims of scams and unfair pricings when locals think that all of them are so rich that they can just throw their money around.

What doesn’t seem to stop amazing us is the beautiful nature and the incredible variety of animals that we have seen on this trip. South America is filled with so many different sceneries from the ocean to the rainforest to the desert to the mountains and volcanoes that it is just impossible to put all of the experiences in words. I’m sure we never will forget that beautiful howler monkey that sang us a serenade in Samaipata, nor the 350kg sea lion that bit Mickus in the leg :).

However great it has been, all good things come to an end. And anyway, it will be nice to get home again and put the toilet paper in the toilet bowl and not in the bin beside it. Anna and Mickus thank you for tuning in these past months. It has been a pleasure. See you all when we meet.

Over and out.

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