It’s On!

Instead of my weekly Puppy Dogs and Roses Post, I’m going to brag about this instead:

We booked our trip to South America!! Aside from the fact that we just dropped a ton of cash on flights, tours and a hotel, we’re pretty excited! Here’s the plan:

We fly from Canada to Brazil and stay in Rio for a week. I’ll be attending the International Astronomy Union conference, while DH bums around. Of course, I’ll have time before, after, and hopefully during the conference, to join him.

We then fly to Lima and go on a two week tour of Peru! We get to see the Amazon rainforest, do a 4-day hike of the Inca Trail, see Machu Picchu, tour Cuzco and Puno, and boat around Lake Titicaca!!

We decided to do a tour for a few reasons. The big one is, even though we’ve both traveled a fair bit, it’s only been in North America and Europe. Neither of us have been anywhere that would be a huge culture shock or anything. So, it’ll be nice to be with a group of like-minded (traveled) people.

The second one is we’re both really big planners. So, it’s nice that things are pretty much planned for us ahead a time, and we won’t have to worry about having to find places to stay or figuring out what to do. We think it’ll let us have a much better time, since we can focus more on the traveling and not so much on the logistics.

We have all the big stuff booked (flights, Peru tour, hotel in Rio), so now we can start focusing on the smaller stuff: vaccinations, travel visas, what we need to buy, getting into better shape, research on the culture/language, etc..

Plus, this gives me a firm (absolute latest) deadline of when I want to have my thesis submitted. So, it’s a good way to celebrate finishing the writing, and will give me something to do while waiting around for the defense!

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In other news, I took DH out for his birthday last night. We went to the restaurant where he proposed – we haven’t been there since! It was awesome as always. I also bought him a racing game for the Wii (not Mario Kart though, we can’t find it anywhere!) and two steering wheel controllers – he seems to enjoy it 🙂

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Comments on: "It’s On!" (4)

  1. Ooooooh That’s exciting! A friend of mine did a similar trip last summer and LOVED it. Now the countdown is ON!

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  2. Where in Rio? I spent a week there for a conference as well – it was so amazing! Make sure you drink at the fresh juice stands – for less than a dollar you get fresh squeezed anything (orange, mango, guava)!Make sure you see the Christos – whether you are religious or not the view is fantastic! Also on Friday’s there’s a great street market. Mmm, and popcorn they make freshly popped popcorn on the street that’s a little sweet and so good! Is your conference in Rio? Hopefully you’ll have some time to explore there!

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  3. Dr. N: we’ll be staying in the Copocabana area, but the conference is at the SulAmĂ©rica Convention Center (about 25 minutes away by the metro apparently).

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  4. that’s very exciting!!!!mr. phizz and i also just booked Fabu Vacation tix, which I will post about sometime soon. How fun! Traveling rox.

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