Thursday, September 17, 2009

Colombia from the Hip

Interesting encounters with an overpacked backpacker ...

Oftentimes the people we meet stop and give me pause. This was one. Probably because he had 79 kilos of "stuff" on his back on his trek from Tierra del Fuego up. (My back ached just looking at him).
Do I BELIEVE he had walked from Tierra del Fuego to Pereira with two tents, a shoe collection that would make Imelda Marcos proud and lots of pots, flags, and who-knows-what-else?
I could've. Except for the fact that he said he did the bit from Tierra del Fuego to Arequipa, Peru with a penguin he adopted.
Nevertheless, who's to say what he dreams isn't as real as what we "live."
So, cheers to our overpacked backpacker and another chance encounter with a truly fascinating person in Colombia.

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