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I can’t quite believe it’s been three months since I was headed to Heathrow for South American adventures! It’s gone so quick. Too quick. I’m arriving back in Heathrow this afternoon where the next few weeks are going to be full of job hunting and flat hunting – not quite the same as living in the Amazon or climbing Macchu Picchu, that’s for sure!
There’s still some more posts to go up about the rest of our time in the Galapagos, and Quito for you guys. But here’s a few reasons I’m glad to be home in the meantime:
- Bananas that are actually bananas. You wouldn’t believe how hard it can be to find a regular banana in a South American supermarket. They come in all shapes, sizes and tastes. Some are just for cooking, some are plantain and some, occasionally, are bananas: it just takes a lucky guess to get a real banana!
- On a similar note, oranges that are actually orange. All the oranges we’ve had are green on the outside!
- Knowing I won’t get sunburnt on a cloudy day, whilst wearing factor 50. Yes, that actually happened. The Galapagos is too close to the Equator for fair skinned, freckly people. We had to invest in factor 100 – who knew they even made that high a factor?
- Eating food that won’t make my stomach complain. I’m normally okay when I go abroad, but my stomach really, really couldn’t handle Bolivia. (Perhaps TMI…)
- Sewage systems that don’t get blocked by toilet paper. No more having to remember to put paper in the bin.
- Being able to drink water from taps – This should never be underestimated.
- Seeing my dogs, hopefully the little one won’t have faint like this one on youtube
- Seeing my family, and meeting the new addition: my first Nephew
- Understanding what people in shops, banks, on buses and in the street are saying. We’ve scraped through in Spanish the last three months and it’ll be so good to be understood again!
- Planning the next adventures: getting a job, moving out and, of course, more travels!