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PhillyB

PhillyB goes to Ecuador

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beautiful.

Ballpark cost of trip and what do you do for a living?

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beautiful.

Ballpark cost of trip and what do you do for a living?

i bartend for a living, about 60 hours a week, and i'm in school full time as well. i take the change i make and the odd one dollar bills and throw them aside as a bonus that i don't count as part of my income. i never miss the couple bucks per shift i set aside, and it adds up remarkably fast. last year i paid for a trip to peru with it. this year i bought two roundtrip tickets to ecuador, which ran me $1700. more than i'd like to have paid, but time constrictions with work forced us to go over the christmas holiday, which jacked prices up significantly. should've been closer to $1400... but what are you gonna do

we stayed mostly in single bedroom hostels and guesthouses, which was a departure from my norm of staying in hostels with other random people at eight bucks a night, but with a pregnant wife things are bound to change a bit. the rooms were about $20-30 a night, and we spent probably $30 a day on food (eating out in nice restaurants literally every meal.)

it's all very doable. i tell people all the time that i don't smoke, which is an automatic extra $3000 in my pocket annually compared to people who do smoke, which is, if you use it right, enough money to get to, say, Thailand and back and live there comfortably for 3-5 months.

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also all this traveling is very useful in that it's actually going to bolster my resume and my attempts to land a job teaching in a community collge or university in a few years when i'm done with school.

i'm actually spending the last of my spare change to fly to panama in three days, in part to study some older archaeological cultures and spanish contact periods remains, and in part to relax and finish the initial draft of the book i'm writing before the start of the new semester. the adventures are far from over

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The Pan-American highway, instead of skirting small towns with turnoffs to get to them, rammed straight through the center of the towns, and often disappeared entirely. You’d end up in the city square in the middle of an afternoon market with not one sign to tell you which direction the highway actually continues, and then spend the next half hour beeping your way through donkeys and old men and women trying to haul pigs with twine leashes, and then you’d finally navigate through to the south end of town and jump back on the highway.

this sounds like an awesome dilemma

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also you kinda look like a white evander holyfield

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I've decided, I'm going to be a bar tender.

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Reading this was an awesome way to start the new year. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. Its probably the closest I'll get to going on a vacation until my daughter gets out of the specialty private school she's attending.

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Thanks PhillyB, as usual I'm insanely jealous.

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