3 May 2012

An end and a new beginning...

Ok so the trip has finished, but the great adventure continues...

How far?

In summary since August 7th 2011 we have covered approx 650 kms by boat, between 5 and 20 kms a day on foot (235 days = approx 1,500 kms) 24,257 by road and a whopping 53,984 by air!

So adding all that together = 80,066 kms, so a 100 kms or so short of twice round the planet, clearly we go lost a few times.

As we said we would we have off-set the carbon footprint of that little lot with a not insignificant contribution to reforestation projects in central america, hopefully they can plant faster than the other buggers can chop!

Life as we know it?
The main objective of the journey, other than the obvious, was to work out where in south america we would like to live for the next couple of years. Before we left we thought it would probably be either Buenos Aires or Santiago, but whilst both of those cities are groovy neither grabbed us and said THIS IS THE PLACE, for various reasons.

In the end, as many of you already know our venue of choice is going to be Lima, where Pam is looking for a teaching post in an international school and Ben is making it up as he goes along, no change there then.

Whilst we are both a little apprehensive as to what the immediate future will bring, there is an overwhelming sense of excitement.

As Thoreau said 'live the life you've imagined' - well let's at least give it a go.

to be continued...


  1. Lis (of Lis and Mike duo)3 May 2012 at 18:25

    Its been great having your adventures popping up in the inbox (ours seems long ago now) but bit by bit we're working on that dream maybe see you there sometime ;) ...and i envy you much! :) wishing you both lots of happiness in Lima. p.s. L'eau vive restaurant, good for the soul :) x

  2. HOORAY! and all the best for the start of something very exciting! They say "Life begins outside your comfort zone" and I think you are both there! Soak it up and good on you for planting those trees, tanti baci xx

  3. Keep us posted on your Tefal adventure and the very best of luck to the both of you, have fun!


  4. The best thing is I´ll still see you often! Gracias a los dos porque he vivido mis aventuras viajeras a través de ustedes todos estos meses! Bencho, te puedes dedicar fácilmente a escribir un libro, Pamelinchi, you goooooo girl que eres la profe que todos quisiéramos para nuestros hijos!!! Love you both VERY much! Cami and Co.

  5. So, just to be clear, can you remind me again, where in Central London is Lima?
    Looking forward to popping by for coffee once I find out.


  6. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Q genial!!!!
    It is great news for us in Peru who know you! Va a ser un gusto tenerlos por aqui!
    Muy aparte del resultado, felicitaciones por este viaje tan alucinante y por el off-setting del carbon print!!

  7. Some adventure - well done - glad you avoiding Argentina after today's goings-on! Don't suppose we'll be dropping by for a while yet, but at least we shall put it on our bucket list!! Love to you both - Steve

  8. I absolutely loved reading about your adventures...I read them from start to finish as you posted, and I got some ideas from you about my own trip through South America. I'm really glad I met you both on the boat through San Blas! If I swing through Lima, I'll pay you a visit. I'm just wandering around South America these days, so who knows! Take care!!

  9. Awesome,awesome and a litle bit awesome. Thank you both for taking us along with you..
    Go get Lima and hope you have all you dream of.
    Take care.