I still haven’t found a new apartment that I’m happy with and I have another nine days before needing to hand in notice at this place and just over five weeks, until I need to be out. The trouble is, I love the location I’m at because it’s twenty minutes cycling to work, walking distance to anywhere downtown and sufficiently out the way, to be mostly quiet. I have seen a couple of places that were reasonable but they wanted first, last and an extra month’s deposit, before moving in 😐 If I can’t find anything worthwhile in the next week, I think I’m just going to live with the rent going up to 1100 for the month and work out other options, next month.
I think I’ve just about got my itinerary for the year set now and started to look at travel options, for the places I want to cover in Peru last night. I was initially going to go with a trekking company, but at almost $4k, excluding flight, it seemed a little steep. I understand that guides and porters are included but still… anyway, I found single tour operators who are English speaking, that live in Peru *and* some of them actually use the tours, to help poor children or preserving ecosystems; this makes me feel much happier. I still intend to go in November, as it’s the off-season (and also the rainy season in the jungle) and it’s still pretty warm and apparently doesn’t rain 24/7. So far the estimate comes to around $2000 including flights, lodging, transport and guided trails.
At the moment, the only location that may be difficult to get done is Florida, but I’ll find some way of doing it, even if it’s for New Years Eve. So the stage is set, with twenty states and Peru. First stop is Georgia in May, unless I manage to get Florida in March worked out.
Yet again, I’ve cooked up a treat, that would be better shared with more people. Cajun seasoned, blackened Catfish and baked Brandied Pears for dessert – oh, mustn’t forget the Danish vanilla bean ice-cream. Of course now I’m stuffed, so it’s off to the bath for a hot soak and a good book.
Most of the way through January already; still counting the days until the Sun turns up the heat again.