Near the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, 27-Mar-2013

Six Months in, a Change in Plan

I’m writing this in San Jose, Costa Rica, exactly where I had planned to be on the six-month anniversary of this Around the World trip. The time spent here however turned out to be a little different than what I anticipated.

Instead of winding down a month-long visit with close friends and exploring more of the country on my third visit here, I spent most of the past four weeks on the mend from Hepatitis A and planning my next moves. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m pretty much recovered from the virus, but still a bit weak, which led to what was ultimately an easy decision: to end this overland trip in San Jose, and save a return visit to the rest of Central America for another time.  A return to Asia will have to wait as well. So tomorrow I’m off to Portland, Oregon, and the US Pacific Northwest, which was also part of the plan. I’m just skipping the overland part. ☺

Even before I got sick I was mulling over changes in plan. The initial idea, fourteen to sixteen months on the road, was already looking overly ambitious by month four, when I simply began feeling tired. With deadlines to meet, curbing that travel fatigue with a long break somewhere wasn’t possible. So I was just getting more tired.

But no worries, and certainly, absolutely no regrets. As the cinereus harrier flies, I covered nearly 9,000 kilometers between the Beagle Channel in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego and the Costa Rican capital. All things considered, it was one of the best six-month periods of my life.

The working plan now is to spend about a month or so with friends in and around Portland, and then a few weeks with family and friends in Ohio before returning to Slovenia sometime in the middle of September. After finishing my manuscript, I’ll hit the road again. ☺

In the meantime, I have plenty of catching up to do here on the blog. Look for that to begin later this week.

And many thanks again for all the comments, emails and messages over the past several weeks. All are very much appreciated.

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