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The Travel Blog - Insider Tips, Hidden Places, Local Recipes
The last weeks were marked by preparations for us. We are pretty far with The List of Horror: ToDos before... *sigh*, 3 weeks before departure I wouldn't want it differently :-) Whats left is the insurance nightmare and selling / signing off the cars.
Then we planned the first stages of our trip. Here is kind of a status:
Licancabur is a now extinct volcano in the Atacama Desert, on the border between Chile and Bolivia. It is 5916m high and can be seen from almost everywhere around the chilean town San Pedro de Atacama. Close to Lincancabur is a flat extinct volcano of 5704m called Juriques. On the other side of the salt plain Salar de Atacama you can find Cerro de Quimal (4278m), the highest mountain of the Cordillera Domeyko.
Licancabur ("mountain of the people") is the sacred mountain of the Atacameño, the ingenious people of the Atacama Desert. He is their guardian and protagonist of many legends and traditions. "He", because the Atacameño believe, that volcanos - like Licancabur - are male and mountains - like Quimal - are female. One Legend, that has many versions, is that of Licancabur and Quimal.
This is my personal list of horror. No, honestly, you will not imagine the thousand things that you need to arrange, check or simply DO before boarding any plane. We did a bit of brainstorming and the list became longer and longer. Here are 15 things you may not think of at first.
Finding a proper language school is kind of a task - even if you roughly know in which part of the world you would like to hit the books again. The amount of offers is overwhelming and there is hardly a useful review in the internet.
Here are the 6 things you should think about before booking.
Longer hospital stays might easy be hundreds of thousands of Euro and being transported home with an ambulance jet is a higher 5 digit Euro amount. On top a health insurance is requested sometimes, e.g. by language schools or work&travel hosts.
So yes. You'll need one. Here are the options:
Stay with your local health insurance
Get a travel insurance (valid 6-8 weeks)
Get an overseas health insurance (restricted period of validity)
Being citizen of one of the many countries without required visa for Colombia, we didn't think much about it at first. You usually get a 90 days Tourist visa stamped into your passport at imigration. Then one of the language schools requested a student visa, as we would be staying in school more than 60 days. Huh? I mean, this is Colombia, not the US ?!
Hi, I am Manu. A year ago I decided that I need a break from the daily routine as a software engineer and quit my job. With my boyfriend I will travel the world for the next months. And I will share all the pictures, stories and whatever comes my way in this blog.
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