January 8, 2012

DAY 52

This morning I made my way down for breakfast in the restaurant where Ulrike was already there with a friend Ian who is traveling from England. Both of them had some really good insights into best places to travel to and what time of year to visit them.

I am considering my options now, I will not be able to make it to Patagonia before the cold dark winter there. According to Ulrike and Ian, Machu Picchu gets a lot of rain right now through April and the Inca Trail is closed in February. So my timing is not good at this point, I might hop a plane to Patagonia and cycle my way north to Machu Picchu, the Amazon and Galapagos. Winter is apparently the best time to visit Machu Picchu and the Andes.

I am having a sick day today and might be taking another sick day tomorrow :)

Ulrike and Ian went out for the day to a market about 35 km away.

This is just a day to realx and contemplate.

This has been a very difficult few days which really made me question my own confidence. I was feeling underconfident and unsure of myself as I struggled through my miserable illness. It is amazing what states pain or illness can put someone in.

Something I thought while at the ceremony in Ibarra was:

Don't let others define your reality

For me I believe that many of us allow others around us define who we are. They reinforce an identity that needs to be changed. Change is always inevitible and we just need to allow it to happen the best we can. We need to keep questioning who we are and what we are doing. we need to stand firm in what our true self wants.

I sometimes wonder what regrets I may have at the end of my life and I am acting now to change those possible future regrets.

In the early evening Ulrike and Ian returned to the hotel and the three of us went out for dinner and then a short walk. The only really interesting architecture in any of these Latin American cities are the churches.





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