We are home!

Happy new year friends! I am a bit behind on the blogging scene, but I am making my return.

A lot has happened since our stay in the beautiful fishing village of Taganga until now. So now just a quick recap 🙂

We had a crazy few days of travelling. Think 5 countries in 2 days. Hence exhaustion hit big time! We made our way from Columbia to Punta Del Este in Uruguay (via Peru, Panama and Argentina). A highlight of our short stay in Punta was catching up with our friends Loren and Ryan. We cooked dinner together

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Beached and posed with the (apparently) famous fingers, cool hey? But as you can see the sunshine never lasted long, the sky had other plans.

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That was the last of our beach days. We spent the next couple of days catching up on our sleep debt, getting caught and stranded in the streets in the bucketing rain and exploring the town by bus over this insane bridge infamously known as ‘Drunken Bridge’

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Another highlight of our stay here was celebrating New Year’s Eve. We dressed up, hopped on the bus and made our way to our friend Alex’s family, who live in Punta and invited us to spend New Years with them.

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We had a traditional Uruguayan barbecue (asado), where the meat is grilled over hot coals, with lots of patience and lots and lots of love

20130111-061138.jpgAlong with the meats we enjoyed delicious cheeses, insanely delicious sweet potato and potatoes stuffed with Roquefort cheese cooked on the asado, salad and traditional desserts. It was such a treat to experience this with such a warm and welcoming family. Thankyou!

After dinner, we brought the new year in with champagne and fireworks.

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People in the neighbourhood buy their own fireworks and light them at their a leisure. Sitting in the back garden watching these fireworks was incredible and we actually thought we were the center of it as they were happening 360 degrees around us

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The rest of the night involved hitting up a white themed apartment party (in our black and bright orange outfits) and then a longgggg walk home. Was a great night, good company and fun way to begin 2013!
Next we caught our last bus and boat back to Buenos Aires for a few days of unwinding, reflecting, debriefing, drinking, eating and enjoying the very last leg of our adventures. We ended with quite the bang! Josh had accumulated some points from work travel and managed to book us into the magical Park Hyatt hotel for our last 3 nights. Wow. Think showering without thongs, walking barefoot, FREE drinking water, a proper absorbent towel… It is totally the small things you take for granted when backpacking for three months.

The best hotel perk had to be the randomly spontaneous deliveries of fresh fruit 😉
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We also enjoyed exquisite breakfast overlooking the gardens

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And complimentary champagne on our last night 🙂

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But it was all over to quickly and after 4:45 wake up and 16 hour flight we arrived home VERY excited to see our families!!!

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And that brings us to the end of our amazing travel adventure. What a journey!

I feel truly blessed to have shared these incredible experiences with the love of my life. We laughed a lot, and cried a lot from laughing alot.

Before I finish up, I want to thank YOU, my friends (new and old), family, fellow travellers and fellow bloggers for following our journey through my little blog. During our trip My Love Affair with Running transformed into a travel sharing space and I will now continue blogging about my passion for fitness, food and healthy living, so I hope you continue to ride along with me.

On a side note, I am always looking for new products and experiences that can enrich my healthy living philosophy to try and share with my readers. If you have got any health, fitness or natural products you are interested in me Trying and Sharing, please Contact Me by following the link 😉

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Bariloche Part 2: See, do, conquer

Our special stay in Bariloche continued to be filled with more adventures. For those of you just joining us now, check out Bariloche, part one – Revenge of the nerds. Our next day trip we planned was to visit the Cerro Otto lookout point which was accessible via chairlift or for those stupid enough, by foot. Never ones to turn down a challenge, we opted for the latter. And a challenge it was. 2 kms of a steep sandy trail that ever seemed to end. Hot and flustered,

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we continued till we reached the top. Great panoramic views, but we both agreed that we were not sure it was worth the effort. Future travellers, just take the chairlift!

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After a few happy snaps we sat briefly in the revolving restaurant then made our way down, yes, in the chairlift 🙂

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After our mini trek we were quite exhausted and our intention to walk around Lago Gutierrez turned into a brief pit stop where we grabbed a snack

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And headed back to town where we spent the rest of the day planning and organising buses, hostels and our whitewater rafting trip the next day!!!

Gear on and we were ready to take on Rio Manso.. Josh excited and me.. eek.. not so.


After the safety talk I was kind of freaking out. Josh took the seat at the front of the raft and I took the back seat (closest to Estaban, our guide/skipper/leader who I quickly befriended) 🙂

From the very first rapid Josh was right in there…


Spot me below? Back left. After seeing the size of the oncoming grade 4 rapid I comfortably snuck my way into the safety of the boat..


The rapids only got more challenging, but we smashed each rapid and the team spirit grew, fun factor increased and nerves (kind of) subsided.


Until this….


When we all sat down at the end to watch the videos which the photographer had taken, my sneaky fall into the safety of the inside of the boat was all revealed and my secret was out. Was a great day, met some great people, conquered the nerves and definitely felt a good sense of accomplishment at the end!

Was a fun adrenaline-lifting way to end our stay in Bariloche. Well that is it for now but if you missed it, check out Josh’s thoughts on traveling with me, quite a laugh.

Check out our Travel Page for more of our adventures!