Welf's Guestbook

3rd November 2015

Two months too long
We were beginning to wonder why you had not blogged. Glad to hear this trip can be booked on the cheap. The prices of pre-planned trips always seem to expensive. Your friend works in an amazing place.
27th October 2015
Iguana on Galapagos

Dream come true!
Great to hear that you saw lots just staying on Santa Cruz and doing independent travel, and that the prices were ok. I'd thought the plane ticket was $100, so that was a bit of a shock to read that it's gone up to $400! Love your iguanas, and good luck in Sydney. This was a great ride you had here in South America!
29th September 2015

Greetings oh travelled one. Good to se that you're still on the go. I'm just back from England and Scotland visiting alte Freunde and enjoying historical sites. Off to Cuba mid November. Any chance we can meet up there? Jock is in a bad way and is not long for this world but is still noisy and robust in spirit. Hop you are and remain well. DavidA
18th August 2015

This just happened here in UK aswell.. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/live-suspected-county-road-armed-9467512
14th August 2015
Inca ruins of Chan Chan

Bus robberies
I've been living in Peru for a bit and read the front page of the newspapers when I pass the stands. Unfortunately, bus robberies definitely are an occurrence down here--more so on the cheap buses that I take, but also on even the fancy ones. Amazing that what at first seemed unlucky--not getting the bed seat--turned out to be very lucky! Love your photos of Chan Chan!
14th August 2015
Inca ruins of Chan Chan

Thanks for the comment ...
... and yes I heard they are on the increase. Shame. And as I said I didn't expect it in Peru of all places. And yes I was lucky. Chan Chan is amazing and I am surprised that not more people know about it. But South America is full of great places to visit. Enjoy your travels.......
14th August 2015

Far too long to hear from you
The road has been keeping you busy. OMG my heart would have stopped. You always have such interesting issues, stories and adventures. Let us know when you come to the US.
14th August 2015

Well Dave...
...I am not making it up. I think if you travel the way I do sooner or later you experience shit like that. But all is good. And compared with what other peoples go through I am lucky.
13th August 2015

"Could have been me"
It's potentially life changing how "It could have been me" can cross our paths when we travel. What would have happened if you had got your usual overnight possie downstairs and you were robbed at gunpoint? Quite a different travel plan would follow I reckon. Hope the luck stays with you.
13th August 2015

It could have....
... been me. Thing is that I normally travel on the lower deck but not this time; they had no seats left. So I was lucky. And you are right with saying it could have changed my travels. But such is life. Sometimes I think I have some spirits looking after me with all the shit I did in my life and I am still around. May they look after me for a long time coming. Stay save Dave and keep on traveling. And maybe one day our paths will cross...
13th August 2015

Glad you are safe
WOW! That was a close one! I had a similar bus experience in Honduras except the ones who stopped the bus and had the guns were the police!!! They frisked everyone but only searched my luggage. I was told later they were looking for money or drugs as contraband. I've taken those buses in Peru ( from Lima to Ica) and they are beautiful and luxurious. On one they played a BINGO type game and I won a bottle of Pisco ;-) Try to get to Vilcabamba in Southern Ecuador. It is full of massage therapists and opportunities to go horseback riding. Have a massage before AND after you ride. Also, try to get to Cuenca. It is about a 1 1/2 hour flight from Quito. It is a lovely colonial town. Safe journey. Are you coming to the USA?
13th August 2015

Thank you ....
... for your comment. I have heard some horror stories about the cops in South America, especially Bolivia and Columbia. But so far I was lucky. Maybe has something to do with that I am 1.93 m tall so people think twice messing with me. I have been in Cuenca and it is beautiful. But more to that in the next update. I am back in Brasilia right now catching up with the blog. And unfortunately I am not making it to the US this time. Take care wherever you are and keep on traveling......
16th June 2015

This subjective life.
I love Carla's perspective on travel... there is no right or wrong way to travel (or live life really). Great photos :)
23rd June 2015

There is never....
....a right or wrong in how you travel as it is a very personal thing. And yes, Carla's analysis is a good one.... Thank you for your comment.
15th June 2015

Kindred spirits--
I so identified with both of you. I have been to MP 3 times and would go again in a minute. I feel the strong connection as Welf does and also name it as my favorite place in the world. On the other hand I am not a camper or real flora and fauna person so I identified with Carla too. The trick to having the place to yourself (or sort of alone) is to take the medium price train (not the Backpacker Special and not the expensive one) , arrive mid afternoon, and go to MP around 3:30 pm after the train people have left. Stay overnight ( the hotel I stayed in is pictured on one of Carla's photos on the river). Then get up very early the next day and take the first bus up. You have the place to yourself until around 11 am when the 'train' people start arriving. On my 3rd. visit I found a secluded spot, gazed at the magnificence surrounding me, journaled a bit, and soaked up the sacredness of the place. You can read my blog ' My 3rd visit to MP) at www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Gunga. Happy travels..... Carolyn/Gunga
14th June 2015

The Lost City of the Incas
Welf, enjoyed your memories of the old and your impressions of the new. Each experience in life is new and different. When we travel we must see, we must experience. I too, wanted to spend my 50th birthday at Machu Picchu and so Dave got us a room in the hotel at the top. The cool thing was after all the tour buses left, those of us at the hotel could wander quietly by ourselves for a short while. It was amazing. We leaned on a wall and watched the swallows fly in circles as the day came to an end. It was magical. I too, hope to go back one day. So glad you shared this with someone you care about. Dave and I agree that it is one of the most amazing places on earth.
14th June 2015

33 years later
Not surprising to hear all the changes you've observed in Cusco. Progress... Glad Carla booked the two of you into some luxury. Never hurts after extended time in hostels. Variety is the spice of life. And...you are fortunate to have been to this amazing place twice.
14th June 2015

We visited Machu Picchu in February, haven't yet checked out my photos, will do so when my blogs reach that destination. I'm presently blogging the Blues Highway. But I love reading the blogs of those that go to these places 'cause everyone has a different experience, a different perspective and no matter how they point their lens, except for the odd iconic shots, different pictures. Wonderful perspectives of the journey to Machu Picchu, Welf and Carla. And gotta agree, you gotta get there sometime in your life.
12th June 2015

There is a Brazilian psychoanalyst that use to say: "what I call traveling doesn't have a lot to do with 'vacations'. It also doesn't mean necessarily pioneering, adventuring in a virgin land. Traveling means going to a place where we can discover that there is something in us that we were not aware before an specific experience". All this to say that there are no definite title about the proper way to travel or to live - each one must go for what pleases according to personal tastes. Each one prefers specific methods, according with specific preferences. I say that, for example, I don't see any problem in those who don't like traveling and who prefer spending their whole lives without traveling, situated only in their towns or countries. It's up to each one, to each personality.
8th June 2015
Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sacred Valley
An apt name for a very special place in the World. Fantastic you had the opportunity to visit Peru twice. Every stone has a story and great to hear yours.
9th June 2015
Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley....
..... is a great place and I will never forget it. There is something that captures you forever. Hard to explain. Thank you for your comment Dancing Dave and enjoy your adventures.....
7th June 2015

You are right!
Peru, and especially Cusco, should be on everyone's bucket list. Carla does it right...you really needed to stay at a 5 star hotel to make this experience really special.
8th June 2015

I learned a long time .....
..... Ago that women are right most of the time. But Carla was especially right in this case. A once in a lifetime experience..... Thank you for your comment and have fun wherever you are....
6th June 2015

Good to hear you are well!
Schön dass es dir gut geht und das du so eine interessante Reise hast. Vom Lake Titicaca, habe ich leider nur einen Dokumentarfilm gesehen, aber den würde ich auch gern mal besuchen, wobei bei mir Nord-Brasilien noch lieber gesuchen würde. Aber über deinen Blog erfährt man so viel, da habe ich fast schon das gefühl, dass ich doch schon einen guten Einblick bekommen habe. Ich bin immernoch der Meinung, du solltest deine Bilder verkaufen, sie sind einfach spitze. Alles Gute und bis bald im Netz. Sylvia

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