Category Archives: SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia: Football World Cup 2014

Location of Colombia in South America
Location of Colombia in South America

 

Theme: My Offshore Lifestyle  Country: Colombia Language: Spanish Unit of Currency: Colombian peso     Locations: Bogotá & Santa Marta   Year: 2014   Bucket list: Watching the Football World Cup in South America

Colombia Local Newspaper;  Bogotá, Colombia; 2014
Colombia Local Newspaper; Bogotá, Colombia; 2014

 

DO:  ROUTE FOR A SOUTH AMERICAN TEAM

Santa Marta:

  • Hanging out with the locals and routing for your favorite Football World Cup team!
Club Colombia Local Beer; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014
Club Colombia Local Beer; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014

 

Football World Cup Match; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014
Football World Cup Match; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014

 

Happy Hour with Argentina; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014
Happy Hour with Argentina; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014
The Colombian Flag and I; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014
The Colombian Flag and I; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014

 

Sports Fans; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014
Sports Fans; Santa Marta, Colombia; 2014 

Suriname: The Quest for Pink River Dolphins

Location of Suriname in South America
Location of Suriname in South America

 

Theme: My Offshore Lifestyle  Country: Suriname Language: Dutch Unit of Currency: Surinamese dollar     Location: Paramaribo  Year: 2013   Bucket list: Photographing pink river dolphins

Fishing Boats; Paramibo, Suriname; 2013
Fishing Boats; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

DO:  SPOT THE PINK RIVER DOLPHINS

Paramaribo:

  • Hiring a boat to sightsee the coast, and learn more about the pink river dolphins that meet your acquaintance!
Sunset on the Water; Paramibo, Suriname; 2013
Sunset on the Water; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

 

Village Dogs; Paramibo, Suriname; 2013
Village Dogs; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

 

Pink River Dolphin Saying Hello; Paramibo, Suriname; 2013
Pink River Dolphin Saying Hello; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

 

Boat Ride; Paramibo, Suriname; 2013
Boat Ride; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

 

My Tour Guides; Paramibo, Suriname; 2013
My Tour Guides; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

 

Me on the boat; Paramibo, Suriname; 2013
Me on the boat; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

 

Bucket List Witnessing Pink River Dolphins:

Pink river dolphin tour was amazing! Pictures soon to follow! As for the Leatherback sea turtles, they decided to be a no show! No worries, recently was asked to be part of a sea turtle conservation project in Guatemala and reside in a small Spanish speaking village for a week during my Central America travels! As of 5 minutes ago, I gladly accepted and will be traveling there after my island hopping in Belize!

Officially leaving Suriname in a few hours! Short jaunt in Aruba, repack at the beach house, and then flight to Belize to start my Central America Adventure Tour in less than 30 hours! Stay tuned for images of picturesque places, travel stories, and adventure highlights!

The Island; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013
The Island; Paramaribo, Suriname; 2013

French Guiana: Welcome to South America!

Location of French Guiana in South America
Location of French Guiana in South America

 

Theme: My Offshore Lifestyle  Country: French Guiana Languages: French & French Guiana Creole  Unit of Currency: Euro  Location: Cayenne  Year: 2012 Bucket list: Venturing around the city of Cayenne

Cayenne Airport; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012
Cayenne Airport; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012

DO:  GO BOWLING

Cayenne:

  • Bowling anyone?
Erwin and I; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012
Erwin and I; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012

 

Steak Dinner; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012
Steak Dinner; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012
French Guiana Map; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012
French Guiana Map; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012

 

 

A Moment of Self Reflection:

Life is unpredictable, people change, and true love does not always last forever. Bottom line: relationships are hard, and sometimes at the most unexpected moment you have to decide whether to pursue your goals or to make time for your partner. I tried to have the best of both worlds, but it was definitely a challenge. I still believe that everything that happens for a reason, regardless of the obstacles I had faced.

Most importantly, you create your own path, learn from your mistakes, and eventually move on reaching for that glimpse of hope that will make all of the challenges you faced well worth it.

I may not know what will happen in the next chapter in my life, but I do know that I am stoked to endlessly travel the world, exceed my life expectations, welcome new adventures, and strive to accomplish each and every goal that I set forth.

Here’s to a great ending of a 2012 and an even better, more inspirational beginning to 2013! Thank you for all my close friends & family whom have been supportive and encouraging during my world travels. In addition, to all my good friends and facebook friends thank you for your inspirational and fun comments – these did not go unnoticed! 

Oakley Jeepin' California Redwoods; 2013
Oakley Jeepin’ California Redwoods; 2013

Departure from South America:

After demobilizing in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, I completed a helicopter ride to the Cayenne airport in French Guiana, South America, 1 puddle jumper hop to the Caribbean, and a celebration of Christmas Eve in a tropical destination of Fort de France, Martinique. I brought in Christmas Puerto Rico style (amazing!), subjected myself to 1 airplane bumpy ride (prior plane experienced maintenance issues due to ice), and 2 puddle jumper transits. Not to mention the cue waiting time equaling more than 30+ hours between Christmas Eve and Christmas! After the crazy traveling during the holidays, I am officially HOME spending time in the beach house! 

To all my wonderful mates working on ships, onshore enjoying time with their loves ones at home, and those that are bringing in the New Year in a tropical paradise, may all of you have a fabulous Christmas and a wonderful New Year! 

The countdown officially begins from the day after Christmas until the New Year! Have you finished all those New Year’s resolutions for 2012 and begun brainstorming ideas for 2013?!?

I would thank all of you that have sent me texts, emails, and facebook messages/posts wishing me a very merry Christmas! Apologies that I am a bit late in responding, but I will get back to you today! 

Below is how I embraced Christmas Eve. Would you have guessed anything else?!?

Signature Jumpin' Photograph; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012
Signature Jumpin’ Photograph; Cayenne, French Guiana; 2012