During this month of March we're staying in a log cabin in Bariloche, Argentina. We're close to a lake and lots of hiking spots and very little else. It's a chance to recover, and reflect. One of the things I've done is total up the amount we spent doing the entire Pan-American trip. The answer? … Continue reading How much did the Pan American cost us?
Buying a foreign registered car in Chile as a foreigner
One week ago we finished the van life part of the Pan American trip. In total we took 217 days, drove 25,000km and passed through 16 different countries on the journey from Colorado to Santiago de Chile. One of my niggling concerns during the last few weeks of the trip was how we were going … Continue reading Buying a foreign registered car in Chile as a foreigner
Escape from Peru
Driving the length of the Pan American isn’t the easiest enterprise but some circumstances just make it really, really hard. We recently had that happen during our time in Peru. It all started when we crossed the border from Ecuador. We’d picked the most remote border crossing possible, high in the mountains and near a … Continue reading Escape from Peru
Ayahuasca, with help from ChatGPT
Last week, while in the Ecuadorian Amazon, I indulged in an Ayahuasca ceremony. It didn't go well, and afterwards I typed up a fairly straightforward account of what happened. I also managed to get my hands on the newly released ChatGPT so I had a try at seeing what it could do with the text … Continue reading Ayahuasca, with help from ChatGPT
From Central to South America
We’re in Cartagena, Colombia and are in the process of shipping our van from Panama City. There’s no way to drive from Panama to Colombia as the Pan American Highway ends at the edge of an impassable jungle region called the Darian Gap. It’s a nasty, largely untouched rainforest used by smugglers, inhabited by native … Continue reading From Central to South America
Should have bought a car
Is the Pan American best done in a van or a car?
El Salvador on a tank of gas
A week in El Salavdor on our Pan American road trip.
Baja in summer in a van
Baja California is that long strip of land running south of San Diego and west of mainland Mexico. Until recently I didn’t really know anything about it. Baja isn’t a place that is mentioned much in the news and it’s not somewhere full of ancient ruins or famous cities. So, we drove across the Mexican … Continue reading Baja in summer in a van
Foreign ATMs and Aussie Banks
In Australia I bank with Up Bank and Commonwealth Bank. The Up Bank App has a neat interface and they have an awesome developer API that allows me to pull all my transactions directly into MoneyLounge. I use it for all my day to day purchases. Commbank just kinda sits there as a sort of … Continue reading Foreign ATMs and Aussie Banks
Colorado to Mexico – the ‘cool’ route
Travelling anywhere in summer these days requires a degree of flexibility to dodge extreme weather events that are becoming ever more prevalent. After recovering from Covid in the mountains of Colorado we were faced with a choice of directions to continue. Obviously we needed to head south, towards Mexico but we'd just passed through the … Continue reading Colorado to Mexico – the ‘cool’ route