Wonderful Santiago – South America Part 5

 

Flying over Santiago.

Hola friends and welcome back to the final part of my South American adventure!

Our last part of this wonderful adventure was spent in Santiago, Chile. We decided to spend two nights in Santiago before flying back home. I have to admit I was a bit sad to be at this point, we had been having a fantastic time and I did not want it to end.

We flew from Cusco via a quick stopover in Lima and finally arrived in Santiago. The views flying into Santiago were amazing, the city is surrounded by beautiful snow capped Andes mountains. The scenery flying over the city was incredible.

We arrived at our hotel by early evening, it was a beautiful boutique hotel in the Lastarria suburb. After we checked in we went out and wandered the streets and explored the area. We found a great place to grab dinner, José Ramón. It had plenty of craft beers on tap, delicious food and pisco sour of course!

The streets in Santiago at night were electric, people were out and about, friendly, happy and doing salsa in the streets. It just seemed so alive, I love this city!

The next day was a pretty wet and cold day, but we only had that day before we flew home. We were determined to see what Santiago had to offer!

View from the top of Cerro San Cristóbal summit, Santiago.

We hit the streets and walked up to Cerro San Cristóbal summit. The hike up was around 300 m. The summit offers beautiful views of the city and has a huge statue of the Virgin Mary at the top. Unfortunately for us it was pretty foggy and there was a lot of low cloud over the city, so the view was limited but it was still worth the hike up.

After the hike up we caught the funicular down and found a lovely spot in the suburb of Bellavista to warm up with delicious coffees and hot chocolates, accompanied by outdoor gas heaters.

Next stop was to the Gran Torre Santiago tower aka Sky Costanera. We caught the train to the Mall where the Gran Torre Santiago tower is. On the train we were treated to local buskers playing on the train. One man was really going for it, beat boxing with a microphone and another pair where playing with a violin and guitar. This was all happening in the one carriage, thankfully it was quite long.

The Gran Torre Santiago tower is part of huge mall, we explored a little bit of it, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed up to the tower. Up the top of the tower we were the only people up there apart from a couple of staff members. The staff were welcoming and very informative. The views weren’t the best with the low cloud but we could still see a bit and it was actually really nice being the only tourists at a popular tourist attraction for once. We enjoyed a good hour up the top of the tower and found that while we were up there the cloud had lifted a bit.

Next stop was to have a look around a few popular attractions. We headed to the areas of Paris Y Londres and Bellas Atres and found these popular sights; La moneda palace, Museo Historico Nacional, Plaza de armas and the Mercado Tirso de Molina market.

La moneda palace, Santiago.

Even though the weather hadn’t been the best day for exploring Santiago, we had had a great time seeing the city.  From all that exploring we had worked up an appetite and headed off to get some dinner. We found an amazing seafood restaurant in Bellavista where they had some of the biggest mussels I’ve seen. Ceviche is a must and was super delicious.

Back at the hotel, we heard the bike brigade ridding through the streets, cheering and ringing their bells. I wish I knew what they were celebrating.

At around 3:15 am local time, we were hit by an 5.4 magnitude earthquake, depth 80 km. It was the first one we had ever properly experienced and thankfully all was ok. Being in bed was probably the safest place to be during that time. I could hear people yelling out from the apartments around us. The shaking didn’t last too long probably only 40 seconds. After all that excitement it was back to sleep.

The next morning was our departure day (tear). We had a few hours before we needed to head off to the airport, so we had enough time to do some last minute exploring.

We had a lovely walk around Baquedano Square and down through Parque Forestal, past the Museo de Arte Contemporaneoand to Castillo Hidalgo. After that it was time to leave beautiful Santiago.

Parque Forestal, Santiago.

I loved exploring the suburbs of Santiago, they have a bohemian vibe and have a European feel to them. They say Buenos Aires is the Europe of South America, but I felt that it truly is Santiago.

I have to admit, I was close to tears getting on that plane and leaving beautiful Santiago. During the flight home I perked up a bit when we started to see spectacular views flying over Chile and then over the edge of Antarctica! AMAZING!!!

Santiago you were a real treat, I didn’t expect you to be so vibrant and full of life. The restaurant scene was fantastic and the food did not disappoint. You were so friendly and welcoming, I loved the way we finished this trip off with you! Much love Santiago, I hope to be back!

That’s a wrap of my South American adventure friends, I hope you enjoyed and most of all, I hope this has inspired you to go check out some of these beautiful places! They truly are amazing!

Adiós my friends, it’s time to bring on the next adventure!

 

Lennae xxx

 

Hiking up the Cerro San Cristóbal summit, Santiago.
Virgin Mary up Cerro San Cristóbal summit, Santiago.
Gran Torre Santiago tower aka Sky Costanera in the clouds.
Up the Gran Torre Santiago tower aka Sky Costanera.
Gran Torre Santiago tower aka Sky Costanera out of the cloud.
Flying over Antarctica.

Cusco & Machu Picchu- South America Part 4

Machu Picchu! We made it!

Hola my friends and welcome back to part four of my South American adventure.

In my last post I was in Bolivia, this part of the trip is heading to Peru, where we got to see beautiful Cusco and the majestic Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was the main reason we had decided to visit South America. I must admit that the entire trip had been amazing, but I was excited to be heading to our next destination!

To get to Cusco we continued the journey by overnight bus with Bolivia hop. We had been told that it was safer and more convenient to travel across the border with a tour group. That way if there were any complications with the border crossing you had a Bolivian tour guide to help you out. The Bolivian and Peruvian border crossing wasn’t too far from Copacabana, it was a long process, but we breezed on through.

Hola Peru!

After the border crossing we hit the road for the overnight journey we had ahead. We had one stop in Puno for a meal and then there was no stopping until we arrived into Cusco, our destination!

Cusco is a beautiful city, it is full of well preserved colonial architecture and Inca history. It is inspiring to wander around the city and take in all the history it has to offer.

Plaza de Armas (Cusco square).

During our first morning in Cusco, we were lucky enough to see celebrations for the Peruvian Independence day. All law enforcement and national police were marching and celebrating in the Plaza de Armas (Cusco square). It was great to see how passionate and patriotic they are about their national Independence day.

We spent a couple of days enjoying Cusco, we went on a walking tour and learnt about the history of city and viewed Inca ruins that are found throughout the City. Some of the sights we saw and visited were; the 12-sided stone, Calle loreto, San pedro market and the witches market. We also visited the Qorikanch museum and the Choco Museo (chocolate museum). Now if you know me well, you know I love chocolate. The chocolate museum offered a pretty cool experience where you could make chocolate from scratch, starting from the cacao bean. It was a lot of fun, there was a lot of chocolate taste testing and of course we got to take home the finished product.

After a lovely few days in Cusco, it was time to embark onto our next adventure, our trek to MACHU PICCHU!!!

I had been waiting four years for this part of our journey and I was excited to be actually living it. I had set a goal when I first became unwell with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), that when I recovered and got better I would visit Machu Picchu and complete a walk while being there. It was actually happening!!!!

Around 4 am in the morning our friendly guide Hector from Head Expeditions turned up to take us on our trek to Machu Picchu. We caught the shuttle bus with him from Cusco to Ollantayambo, were grabbed a quick breakfast and then made our way down to the train station, to jump on the train to our treks starting point.

The train ride offered beautiful views of the mountain ranges. The roof of the train was a see-through dome, which made the views on offer more enjoyable. Our train ride finished at the 104 km Inca trail point, which meant this was where we started our hiking adventure!

View from the Inka Trail.

Hector checked us in at the check point and then we were off on our hike. It was a beautiful day to be out walking, the sun was out and the temperature was lovely. The trail was incredible, most of the actual trail is still in its original form from Inca construction. We reached the Inca site of Winay Wayna (Forever Young). It was so fascinating learning and seeing how the Inca’s lived. The views during the hike were spectacular, we saw small rural farms, mountains, waterfalls, Inca ruins, there was also evidence of where a few landslides had been. I felt like we were pretty high up, we had climbed roughly 600 meters. The highest point we hiked up too was 2750 m, this was at Inti Punku (Sun Gate). After 10k’s of hiking, completed in record time according to our guide Hector, we climbed up the final stairs up to Inti Punku (Sun Gate). This is where we were treated to our first view of the majestic Machu Picchu.

It was absolutely breath taking! We had the best view of this beautiful ancient city. We made our way down to Machu Piccu and enjoyed a little bit of time down there before heading down on a 7km trek to Angus Calientes. When we arrived at our hotel in Angus Calientes, a shower, meal and a good rest was much welcomed.

We wanted to try and catch Machu Picchu at sunrise, so the next morning we were up at 2.30 am to line up for the bus that would take us up to Machu Picchu for sunrise. Unfortunately that morning it was quite cloudy, which meant we were unable to see the sunrise. What we did see though was low cloud over Machu Picchu giving it a misty and magical look. It was a completely different look from yesterday’s sunny skies.

Our tour guide Hector gave us a guided tour around the beautiful ancient city before the crowds arrived. After the tour we said our goodbyes to Hector and then made our way over to Wayna Picchu aka Huayna Picchu to climb.

Wayna Picchu was one steep and challenging climb! The stairs were a lot like those we had experienced the previous day on the Inca trail, however the climb was much steeper. By the time we had reached the top of Wayna Picchu, the low cloud had lifted a bit. We were almost up in the clouds and had been rewarded with the most amazing views.

After enjoying our snackbox lunch and the beautiful views from Wayna Picchu, we made our way back down. On our way down we came across an elderly lady on her way up. She was almost at the top, it was so inspiring to see her giving it ago. Just goes to show you can do anything if you put you mind to it! After we made it down from Wayna Picchu we made a couple of llama friends and then it was time to leave beautiful Machu Picchu.

The look out from the top of Wayna Picchu aka Huayna Picchu.

When we got back down to Angus Calientes, we had a little bit of time to wander around and enjoy a meal before catching our train and shuttle back to Cusco.

I loved every minute of our time in Machu Picchu. The walks were hard work at times, but I enjoyed every moment of it. It was challenging, rewarding and great a learning experience.

When we arrived back to Cusco we only had a day left, we made the most of our last day there and enjoyed some delicious food. My favourite places to eat were; Mr Soup, Jacks and Orginika. Fresh, healthy and just delicious!!!

We made sure to get a well deserved massage and then spent the rest of the day relaxing and wandering around the city.

Peru you were amazing! I loved Cusco and Machu Picchu you made my dreams come true!

Adiós Peru, it’s time to head to my final destination!!!

Lennae xxx

Looking out over Cusco.
Winay Wayna (Forever Young).
Selfies at Inti Punku (Sun Gate).
Machu Picchu!
Machu Picchu the next day.
Llama Friends.

Beautiful Bolivia! – South America Part 3

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia.

Hola my friends and welcome back to part three of my South American adventure.

This part of the journey was spent in beautiful Bolivia and what a beauty it was! I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect of Bolivia, so this part of the trip turned out to be a huge highlight and an amazing experience.

Our journey to Bolivia started when we reached Hito Cajon (Chilean/Bolivian) border crossing up in the Andes by a small bus. Once we had gotten through the border crossing (which is literately a small shack at the altitude of 4480 m) we were greeted by our friendly local drivers and ventured out on a 3 day desert crossing in 4×4’s to Salar de Uyuni.

The 3 days we spent out in the desert heading to Salar de Uyuni were mind blowing. The scenery was so beautiful and the local people we met in the rural communities were so kind and welcoming. On day one of the desert crossing we came across the Green Lagoon, Dali Desert, White Lagoon and Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. We spent the night in Quetena Chico, a rural town where the temperature dropped to minus 16 degrees.

Flamingos at Cañapa Lagoon, Bolivia.

The next day was spent seeing Laguna Colorada (Red lagoon), the Siloli desert, Arbol de Piedra (Stone tree), Laguna Hedionda (Stinky lake) and Cañapa Lagoon where we were treated to a picnic provided by our wonderful drivers. Flamingos made an appearance and we were treated to seeing Volcano Ollagüe, which was smoking!

That evening we stayed at the Jukil Community Lodge, which is a small village that G adventures and the non-profit Planterra support. We were lucky enough to arrive while the locals were at the beginning of a 3 day and night celebration. We were welcomed and invited to join in the celebrations with traditional dancing around the fire. Celebrations continued into the night down at the local hall, with fireworks and a band playing all night and well into the following day.

Just before sunrise the following morning we hiked up the hill behind the village to view the the sunrise over the Salar de Uyuni Salt Lake flats.  It was a beautiful sight to see, the Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt lake flats at 10,582 square kilometres.  Watching the sun rise over it was a beautiful experience.

After being farewelled with more traditional dancing around the fire and partying locals we headed into the salt flats. First stop was Incahuasi (Fish Island), then a stop in the middle of the salt lake flats to embrace the beauty of it all and of course take over a million photos!

Credit G Adventures.

After spending a good length of time in awe of the salt flats it was time make our way to Uyuni town. A couple of pit stops first at the first salt hotel, Cochani museum (salt museum) and the train cemetery before farewelling our wonderful drivers.

After spending 3 days out in the desert without hot water, it was nice to get to Uyuni town and have hot showers. We spent the night in Uyuni town and then headed off to Potosí for a couple of nights.

Potosí is the worlds highest town sitting at 4060 meters. After being at altitude over the last few days in the desert we were well adjusted.  However Potosí is  on a hill, so when walking around the town, checking out the market and enjoying too much delicious food, it made walking up the hills a challenging work out.

Potosí is a mining town and it was recommended to me to do a mining tour to get a proper experience of the town and to see the conditions that the locals work in. Before visiting the mine, we stopped off at the miners markets to provide the miner’s with gifts. Cocoa leaves, drinks or food staples were recommended. Silver is the main product that is mined in the town, the conditions that the miners work in are not the greatest and they only get paid for what they find. It was quite an eye opener, we were lucky enough to see a couple of miners in action with a drill and heard a few explosions with dynamite.

La Recoleta Hill, Sucre.

Next stop was to Sucre, Surce is a beautiful city set from the Spanish colonial. The buildings and streets are beautiful, it is enjoyable walking around the city admiring it all. It is also one of the capital cities in Bolivia, the other capital being La Paz. For the best views of Surce we went to La Recoleta. The walk up to La Recoleta is lovely, and there are museums and a look out at the top. As this was only part way up the mountain we decided to keep walking up to the top where we found an even more spectacular look out point. We were up there around sunset and the view was amazing!

Sucre has a lot of delicious food options so we headed down to the fresh food markets in Mercado Central.  The fresh juices down there are amazing, served up by the friendly local ladies. I certainly made the most of them! The range of fresh food was fantastic, exotic foods I hadn’t seen before. If you could imagine it, they had it.

We were also lucky enough to have a salsa lesson in one of the restaurants we ate out at. It was so much fun and I think we manged to master a few steps!

After a lovely and relaxing time in Sucre it was time to overnight bus it to La Paz. The bus was so comfortable with reclining chairs, blankets, pillows and a toilet that was usable. After a speedy overnight ride from Sucre to La Paz listening to old rap and dance music throughout the night, we arrived into La Paz earlier than expected.

Death Road, Bolivia.

Getting into La Paz early was quite good, after a huge breakfast we were able to spend the morning on a walking tour and learning about the city. A couple of highlights of the tour were visiting the witches markets and learning about the El penal de San Pedro prison. The following day was spent bike riding DEATH ROAD!!!!!

Death Road was a fun and amazing experience, an experience that I will never forget! First you start off riding on the actual road, with actual cars! This freaked me out a bit as, we had only been in La paz for just over a day and their driving was crazy! Thankfully I survived that part and the next part was on actual death road! 50 k’s of riding, the scenery was beautiful, you were in the rain forest, at altitude, riding on death road and I survived without any bails!!!

La Paz was our last destination with our tour group G adventures, after a lot of goodbyes and a final farewell dinner we jumped onto a Bolivia hop bus to take us to our next destination, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana.

Copacabana is a relaxing little tourist town right on Lake Titicaca. We spent a lovely 2 days there enjoying a few hikes, hanging out with the local dog squad, eating lots of trout (their speciality) and delicious food and spent a day out at Isla del Sol.  Isla del Sol, is a Bolivian island in Lake Titicaca with Inca ruins.

This lovely little destination was a great place to unwind and prepare us for your next destination!  Bolivia you were filled of beauty and I loved what you had in store for us! I have taken away some wonderful memories and some incredible experiences!

Peru, you’re up next!!!

 

Lennae xxx

 

Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Bolivia.

 

llamas.

 

In the Salt Lake Flats with our driver Ronaldo.

 

Death Road, Bolivia.

 

Death Road, Bolivia.

Salta to Atacama Desert – South America Part 2

Sand-boaring with a view – Valle de la Muerte, Chile.

 

After spending a few days seeing the city of Buenos Aires, it was time to start the adventure of travelling from Buenos Aires to La Paz, Boliva. We decided to travel this part of our trip with a tour and went with G adventures. We met our fantastic group in Buenos Aires and flew straight from there to Salta, Argentina.

Salta was definitely a change of scenery from Buenos Aires. We left the big, wet and cool city to a warm, drier and smaller city. Arriving in Salta we caught the back end of celebrations for their Independence day. What we did see were a lot bbq’s on the side of the road.

In Salta we hiked up to the top of Cerro San Bernardo and enjoyed the beautiful views of Salta city while the sun went down. Horse riding felt like the thing to do while in Salta, so we headed out to a ranch enjoyed our second breakfast for the day. Then it was off riding for the rest of the morning and soaking the rural scenery.  After our horse trek, we were treated to a proper  Argentinian bbq feast. The food and wine was unlimited and amazing! I mentioned in my last post and I’ll say it again, Argentinians know how to do steak.

Later on we went out for round two of steak! Argentinians like to eat late, so by around 9 pm it was time to eat and and embrace the food coma all over again. This time we were treated to a show for entertainment, with singing and traditional dancing.

 

The view of Salta City, from the top of Cerro San Bernardo.

 

After Salta we headed into the Andes to the Atacama Desert in Chile. During the Argentina/ Chilean boarder crossing we experienced altitude of up to 4400m. Thankfully we didn’t stay at this altitude for too long, the old body was not ready for that level of extremeness quite yet.

The Atacama Desert is one of the driest areas in the world, we arrived at San Pedro de Atacama a small town in the desert. It is surrounded with dramatic landscapes that include desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs.

Wandering around this cute little place and you will notice that it is the tourist go to place. There is plenty to do here and we were lucky enough to fit in a few activities. Sand-boarding in the Death Valley aka Valle de la Muerte, was the first activity we embarked on. We were surrounded by rugged rock formations and plenty of sand dunes. At the top of the sand dunes, we had spectacular views of the valley and of a number of volcanoes in distance.

 

Sand boarding like a pro, Valle de la Muerte, Chile.

 

The sand-boarding was hard work, but a lot of fun. This meant our next stop was to the Termas Puritama aka the Puritama Hot Springs. A fantastic way to ease those sore muscles in a nice hot spring. The hot springs are located at the bottom of a canyon and are all in there natural pool formations. A stream flows down in between the pools, making it a beautiful setting for a relaxing soak. After a lovely relaxing time at the hot springs, it was time for the next activity.

The Atacama Desert is high, dry, unpolluted and has the clearest night skies on Earth. We thought we would make the most of this and go on a Astronomic tour. Viewing the southern skies through the telescope we were able to see the milky way, Jupiter’s Moons, the sombrero galaxy and learn all about the southern skies. It’s amazing how bright the stars are away from all the city lights. The tour was finished off with hot chocolates all round and then it was off to enjoy the night with the usual late night dinner and a few drinks.

After all that fun in the Atacama Desert it was time to move onto our next destination….

BOLIVA!!!

But that’s for another day, I’ll love and leave with a few of my holiday snaps.

 

Lennae xxx

 

Cerro San Bernardo, Salta, Argentina.

 

My lovely tour guide.

 

Horse trek, Salta.

 

Walking down Cerro San Bernardo, Salta.

 

Driving through the Andes up to the Argentina/ Chile border crossing.

 

Paso de Jama, Argentina/ Chile Boarder crossing. Altitude – 4200m.

 

On route to San Pedro de Atacama Desert.

 

Termas Puritama Hot Springs.

Sporting my SKINS!

 

Hello my friends,

How are you all? I hope you’re all well!

During the past week, I was lucky enough to be contacted by the lovely Naomi at SKINS and received a pair of SKINS DNAmic Compression 3/4 Tights and a Remote T bar tank. I was super stoked to have received a pair of SKINS, I have always heard about how good they are and have been wanting to get my hands on a pair.

Over the weekend we had some lovely weather, this felt like a good time to try out my new active wear. The husband, Snowy and I headed down the coast, just a 30 minute drive from where we live and went on a beautiful coastal walking track up along the cliffs.

I had my new SKINS on and at first I noticed that the tights were very skin tight (I guess that’s why they’re called skins), but also felt light. I don’t usually like tight or fitting clothing, but I thought I would see how they go. The T bar tank was an instant hit, as I like to have loose fitting wear.

During our walk, I was surprised with the compression tights. They felt extremely comfortable but also felt very supportive. My movement didn’t feel restricted. I did a lot of walking up and down the hills, running in parts and stretching.

This left me wondering about the compression tights and what the benefits of them are. Here are a few points that I have learnt about SKINS compression wear below;

  • Increasing blood flow velocity and muscle oxygenation.
  • Reducing blood lactate at submaximal intensities
  • Increases power by increasing force production and lower body proprioception.
  • Reduces risk of injury by reducing swelling, as defined by limb circumference

 

After trialling out my SKINS, I have to admit I am a huge fan! It helps that they look good too! You should always look good and feel good in your active wear!

If you like the look of my SKINS wear or want to check out what else they have, you can invest in a pair by clicking here. They are great quality and well worth the investment. SKINS cater for men, women and children. They offer a great range of items ranging from compression tights, socks, sleeves to tops . Make sure you use my discount code LW20SKINS, to get 20% off all full priced items. This is code is only valid until the end of October. I can assure you they a worth the investment, nothing beats comfortable exercise wear.

 

Lennae xxx

 

Hola Buenos Aires! – South America Part 1

The Obelisk, Buenos Aires.

 

Hola my friends, how are you all? I hope all is well! I have been a little delayed with getting back to my world of blogging, but am now back to catch up and fill you in on all my on goings!

I have loads to catch up on and fill you all in on. The most important thing I want to share with you all now, is my awesome adventure to South America!

As some of you may know travelling to South America has been a goal of my ever since I became unwell with ME/CFS. The fact that I was able to get to this point and visit was huge!!!  I will be writing about my adventure over a few posts, so let’s get started and onto the good stuff……

After a 12 hour flight, from Sydney to Santiago, then a 3 hour delay at the Santiago airport and getting to know it (spoiler alert it’s not that big), then our connecting flight of 2 hours to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We had finally arrived at our Destination! Welcome to BUENOS AIRES BABY!

Feeling very tired, foggy minded and only just managing to keep our eyes open, we jumped into a taxi and headed to our hotel in downtown Buenos Aires. The drive was an experience, but we were yet to learn that was nothing compared to the Bolivian drivers in La Paz.

Luckily, we arrived during the evening, so as soon as we arrived at our hotel it was heads to pillows. Due to travelling through 12 time zones in the opposite direction, our body clocks were all over the place, this lead to a lot of ridiculous early rises over the next few days.

The weather was mostly wet and rainy and it was the middle of Winter. Thankfully we invested in some waterproof windbreakers and made good use of them, by hitting the city and exploring the streets of Buenos Aires.

Some of the attractions and areas we explored were;

The colourful suburb of La Boca, worth a visit to enjoy the atmosphere and markets. If you’re a football fan this is definitely the place for you with this suburb being the home ground to the famous Boca Juniors.

Plaza de Mayo, the government square, usually there are protest’s etc. It appeared we had missed the on going’s, however when we visited, the riot squad were still lingering around.

La Recoleta Cemetery, the famous cemetery where the rich and famous are buried. This cemetery is located in the suburb of Recoleta, it is a lovely suburb to visit and looks a lot like New York city in the movies. The tombstones at the cemetery are out of this world!

Palacio Barolo, it has beautiful views of the city. It has a lighthouse on top of the building that is worth climbing up the tiny staircase and into as the city views are amazing. During this visit we enjoyed a tour of the building and this is where I started to really learn about the Spanish and their inquisition.

Puente de la Mujer Bridge, enjoy a walk along the river set among some lovely restaurants.

Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. The road has 7 lanes running on each side, whilst also having trams and buses run through the middle.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid, the beautiful book shop that once was a theatre. Having lunch at the cafe on stage was a lovely treat, while admiring the beautiful store.

Floralis Generica and the Obelisk are also must see attractions.

One of my favourite things about Buenos Aires was the cafe culture. I don’t usually drink coffee, but I found myself indulging in coffee and enjoying the cafe culture the city bought. I have heard people say Buenos Aires is the Europe of South America and I can now see why.

Buenos Aires, you were a real treat, you were friendly and chilled out, you were patient with us while we struggled with our Spanish! You were the best start for the beginning of our South American adventure. You also introduced us to Dulce de leche aka caramel sauce (which goes on everything),  Maté Tea aka yerba and proved that Argentinians know how to do amazing Steaks.

Until next time, Adiós Buenos Aires and Adiós my friends! I need to get writing about the next part of my South American adventure!

Ps: Here’s a couple of snaps below.

Lennae xxx

 

La Boca.

 

Puente De La Mujer
El Ateneo Grand Splendid.
Plaza de mayo.
View from the top of Palacio Barolo.

Goal kicking 4 years on!

Photo by Farid Askerov on Unsplash

It occurred to me that I’ve just hit my ME/CFS anniversary and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve kicked it to the curb! This past year has been filled with a bit of goal kicking and it’s not stopping anytime soon! Yeooow!!!

Four years ago, I can still vividly remember how my health went downhill fast.  The first year was the hardest, I barely had wins and as much as I tried to keep positive it was hard.  I held onto goals and put up pictures of things that symbolised my goals. I convinced myself that I would achieve these goals one day…….even though at the time, it seemed hard to believe. I held onto the idea and kept it for when I needed it the most.

Finally, I have achieved a number of these goals. I am extremely proud, to say four years on I am celebrating and smashing my goals! The hard work has paid off and most of all, the illness is no longer ruling my world.

A huge victory is that I am heading to South America in a few days, yep you heard right!!! It’s literally days away. South America became a long-term goal of mine when I become unwell. Most of my close family and friends know this and probably got sick of me saying one day I’m going to go when I get better! Haha well that day has finally arrived and I am pinching myself! I really can’t believe it has arrived.

It is very random how it all came about, it happened to be in my very early days of my illness. At the time, the doctors still didn’t know what was wrong with me.  I was trying to keep positive throughout the whole ordeal and I decided to make an inspiration board of what I was going to do or work towards when I got well enough. The picture of Machu Picchu came to me, I had no desire to visit it before. But that image of Machu Picchu stuck with me and I thought to myself ” I’m going, when I’m well enough.”

And it’s been with me ever since.

City2surf is another big thing that I have been working towards, which I’m excitedly fit enough for. City2surf is happening in August which I am excited to be competing in the event and I have also been fundraising for it. The charity I have chosen to fundraise for is emerge, they are an Australian based charity that dedicates themselves to raising awareness and funds to research for ME/CFS.

Returning to work and working like a normal person would, was another big goal. DONE! This also includes other living “like a normal person” life goals again. DONE!

My next ass kicking goal will be a tough one and means heading back to school! Bring it on!

It’s not until you lose something, that really puts things and life into prospective for you.

Any way my friends it’s time for me to love and leave you, I need to go pack!

Can’t wait to tell you all about my South American adventure.

Much love

Lennae xxx

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