Finish at the middle. This is it: my final stop in South America.
I chose to end here because the place has some significance – I wanted to go from the “end of the world” (Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia) by surface transport to the middle of the world (Mitad del Mundo, Quito). I’ve both exceeded and fallen short of this goal – exceeded, by going to Antarctica; short, by flying back to Punta Arenas, Chile (thus skipping a 12 hour bus ride between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas). Oh well, close enough, more than enough! I’ve travelled over 21000 km this trip (excluding the flights to and from Vancouver), over 7000 km of which was by bus. Including the flights to/from Vancouver, I’ve travelled 40500 km, more than the circumference of the world.
But yet not enough! It feels a bit like a cruel joke I played on myself – there’s so much more I want to see now. Colombia, especially – and it’d be lovely to keep on going with Óscar and Silvia. And after having my heart set on changing my flight, and then not being able to do so affordably, my original goal feels like I’m losing out on something. Continue reading