I'm no longer thinking about what I'd be doing back in the states. On one hand, it means I've fully settled into this travel schedule. But it also means I'm not as readily grateful I was. That's something I'd like to work on.
One of the biggest reasons I knew I could do this trip was that breakup in 2010. Despite all of the pain and discomfort, I proved to myself I could do hard things. I showed myself how capable I was after having the rug pulled out from under me, with almost no friends, nowhere to live and virtually no possessions. I was okay. I survived.
My life is so entirely different than it was just two months ago. After backpacking through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, I feel like I've settled into a much simpler lifestyle, one that, despite its many annoyances, is now filling me with a lot of satisfaction. Here are just a few everyday things that are different than my life back home.
This past week (well actually 10 days to be exact), I was alone in another country for the first time ever! I spent the time in Lima, Peru's capital city, in a beautiful and modern district called Miraflores. I rented a private room in a hostel and had access to a kitchen to cook some of my meals. Here are a few things I did to get outside of my comfort zone: