How i ended up in Ecuador is rather random. About a week before my school exams finished I knew I wanted to go to SA to learn spanish for about 4 months, but I had no idea where to go so I got a map of SA, closed my eyes and just pointed on the map and it was Ecuador...2 weeks later I was on a plane. I arranged volunteer work and did that for the first 2 months, while I was doing that I got offered a job by a Canadian guy that I had met while at school, who owns a travel agency in Toronto. He hired me to do investigation work for him - find hotels, bus companies, private planes etc. all over South America. I spent 2 years doing that, and I'm working for him again this summer, and then towards the end of that job, I got offered the job of managing a hotel in the jungle, which I did for 6 months before finally heading back to England to start uni.
My father was really cool about the whole thing. My mother was more worried, but she knows there is no point arguing with me when I have decided to do something.
I am the one who is going to Syria. I'm travelling to;
- Czech Republic
Wow, that's a pretty cool story and sounds like you got lucky and found a pretty cool job.
By the way,
Are you taking 3 Seperate trips this Summer. Europe, The Middle east, and SA? Or 1 big trip?
I'd like to visit Syria. Do you know where in Syria you'll be going? In Jordan, I assume you'll visit Petra, it's Amazing! Prague & Krakow are 2 of my favorite cities.
I'm taking lots of seperate trips. The only bit that I am doing together is the middle east. For the rest I will going to each place, then coming back to London for a few days then going again. For the middle east bit, I am spending 4 days in Cairo on my own then doing a tour with Oasis Overland for 20 days, then spending 3 days in Damascus, then flying back to London becuase university starts the following day. I am definately going to visit Petra - it sounds amazing.
Sounds like a busy Summer .
My summer vacation from university is 3 and a half months, out of this I'm at home for a grand total of 5 nights, my mother is not happy with me.
Have you ever been to Egypt?
Yea, Egypt is Amazing! I spent 2-3 weeks there. Alexandra, the Pyramids, and my favorive Luxor. Karnac Temple complex is hard to believe, and the Valley of the Kings and Queens is a definitely highlight of any trip. Besides being so old the art in the tomps, etc. is so beautiful.
When you visit Krakow (you are going to Krakow I hope), make sure you check out the Salt Mines just outside the city. Have you heard about them?
Speaking of Salt Mines, did you visit the ones outside of Bogota? I never have, but heard they're pretty cool.
I am definately going to spend at least 4 days in Krakow. I haven't heard of the salt mines, but to be honest, I haven't really done much research yet because I'm in the middle of my end of year exams at university. What are they / what is so special about them?
The salt mines outside Bogota are in a place called Zipaquira. I haven't been yet myself, but friends have told me they are quite cool to visit. There is a whole cathedral built inside the mines.
If you are interesed, I found some photos of the salt mine and the chapel at this address;
Hi Travel100, hi Lucy55
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