January 30. Time to leave South America behind.
I liked the people and travelling in both countries. They have problems to tackle, like an expanding underclass while the rich enjoy little or no taxes, and corruption at every level. But things appear to be improving, though slowly.
Both countries enjoy a moderate climate, spectacular countryside and interesting histories.
Something else I like: Service is a recognised profession. Wait staff in restaurants aren’t Todd who’s working his way through school and suddenly wants to be your very best friend. These guys dress formally, are personable without being intrusive and are all, “Yes sir”, “Very good sir”, and “Right away sir.”
Suddenly, being called “sir” isn’t so bad.
Another thing I noticed is that traffic seems insane but nobody gets all bent out of shape if someone cuts in front of him. Maybe a toot of the horn but that’s it.
Road rage just doesn’t exist.
All that said, in this case the traveller’s maxim is true: I enjoyed visiting but I wouldn’t want to live there. It truly is time to leave.
Next stop, Costa Rica.