MONTHLY #3 JULY: FIRST MONTH ON THE ROAD

monthly recap of july 2018 and first month on the road by laidbacktrip
 

The Month of July

At the end of June, we left our flat in Calgary, quit our jobs and finally started traveling. Although we were preparing to do so for a while, everything at the end happened incredibly fast and all the packing and planning was a bit chaotic.

At the end of June, we left our flat in Calgary, quit our jobs and finally started traveling. Although we were preparing to do so for a while, everything at the end happened incredibly fast and all the packing and planning was a bit chaotic.

The beginning of July can be easily described in two words. Mountains and lakes. Although it wasn't our first visit of the Canadian Rockies, we were again amazed by the beauty of provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. We couldn't miss sites such as Icefields Parkway, Maligne Canyon or world-renowned lakes, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise where we've already been, but the way led us also to Johnston Canyon, a gem of Yoho National Park Lake O' Hara, and we did some demanding hikes in Banff area. But the highlight of our Canadian travels was the visit of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park just a few days before our departure.

We were camping every day in a different place, so sometimes it was demanding to pitch a tent and cook dinner after all day hiking, but all the effort and discomfort was balanced by incredible vistas and amazing time spent in nature.

The only thing which did not work well was our trip to Berg Lake in Mount Robson Provincial Park. The campground reservation must be booked four months in advance, and we were lucky to secure the space. Unfortunately, on the day we had a reservation, there was a deadly accident on the road leading from Jasper to Mount Robson, the road was closed for the day and we couldn't pass through. It was disappointing, but if we arrived a few minutes earlier, it could've been us. The other thing is, that the park refuses to refund us money, saying there was no accident, but that's a different story.

And before we realized it, the time to leave Canada has come. After one year, we had to pack all our stuff and set off to explore South America.

We bought a flight ticket to Bogota, Colombia and after 22 hours and three connections, we finally reached our destination. We enjoyed our time in Bogota more than we expected and hadn't someone stolen my phone it would've been perfect. After a few days of acclimatization, adjusting to a different pace, new smells, food and customs, we started to move slowly to the north of the country.

We visited the colonial village Villa de Leyva, adventurous capital of Colombia, San Gil, another colonial town Barichara, absolutely forgotten Playa de Belen, spent great three days near the ocean in Tayrona National Park and right now we are exploring one of Colombia's most beautiful cities, Cartagena.

It was the first month when we sleep every couple of days in a different bed, the first month without a home base, the first month when we have to carry everything we own on our back and the first month after a while when we are enjoying every single minute.

 

Let's see where will August take us!

 

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