Un Cachito de la vida

Un Cachito

Un Cachito de la vida - A little piece of Cameron's life

My brother and I have decided to go on a little trip from mid-September to mid-November. Well, it's not that little - we're going around the world. In fact, according to About.com, the earth has an equatorial circumference of 24,901.55 miles, and just our flights (even excluding a couple), come to roughly 53,678.26 miles (using Google's distance finder). So you could say we're going around the world twice, and then some.This, by the way, is what I am dumping all my money on. And I'm even getting much of the airfare for free through the Delta Round-The-World special offer, and that's flying business class. In fact, I was pretty unsure I wanted to spend so much (all my money) but between my brother and my boss and her boss all pushing me to go, I finally decided to classify it as a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to heck with the cost.The girl will unfortunately have to wait. What we're doing is fairly aggressive and probably not suitable for most retirees, so doing this same trip in my golden years probably wouldn't be doable. I'll add that it probably wouldn't be possible if my brother wasn't as willing to plan as he is. While I'm at work, he has put in an enormous amount of effort putting things together and it's almost overwhelming everything that needs to be done for the trip. Anyway, here's the itinerary and map (click to go the real one). When playing with the real map, some of the legs won't show up until you pan over to another hemisphere. Also, you can look at some very brief commentary on the stops, including links to some sights:

    Our legs:
  1. Galapagos Islands, Equador
  2. Oruro, Bolivia
  3. Noel Kempff National Park, Bolivia
  4. Lobeke and Waza, Cameroon
  5. Istanbul, Turkey
  6. Sinai, Luxor, Cairo, Egypt
  7. Bangkok, Thailand
  8. Fiji

For a mere travel leg - the travel between stops 3 and 4 is nasty. We have a little 4-seater plane from the park in Flor de Oro to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, then a flight to La Paz, Bolivia, then a connection in Lima Peru on our way to Quito, Ecuador. Then we fly to Bogota, Columbia to Miami and then to Paris and then to Douala, Cameroon. Once in Cameroon, we have some 3 days travel off-road to Lobeke. FUN! Having to go through Seoul for all Pacific area flights bites too. Just wish me luck and to not get too sick too early. I really do hope I have a great time.

Posted by charr at 8:59 AM

Reader Comments

Wow. When you wrote about spending all your money on something, I thought in the back of my mind that you might be planning a trip around the world.Have fun, take lots of pictures and don't get sick :)

Posted by dan at July 25, 2007 6:15 PM

Sounds amazing! Good luck to you and I will look forward to hearing how it all goes! I am a new visitor to your blog but look forward to future posts.

Posted by lds fact finder at July 27, 2007 12:32 PM

Cherish each and every moment. Once you return, we shall crown you both "Survivor of the Survivors" :-)

Posted by Kums at September 11, 2007 9:57 AM

Cameron,I already posted on Josh's site but Aleshia and I want to wish you the best of luck. I hope you bought a good video camera and still camera. Since this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you should document it well and don't hesitate to take more pictures than what you think you might want. You can always delete them later if it isn't what you want. Aleshia and I can't go with you unfortunately because she is due next week. Maybe next time though.:-)

Posted by Dane at September 12, 2007 9:22 AM

Having never been "anywhere," I am envious. I may be too old to survive a trip like this, but I am young enough to dream about one or wish that I could afford one. I am truly excited and happy for you and Josh. "Life," as Auntie Mame would say, "is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." You only go around once in life and once around the world is quite the banquet! ENJOY!

Posted by Kathy at September 12, 2007 10:59 AM

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