I awoke at the all too early hour of 5 am with nothing about a long travel day toward home ahead of me.  It was cold enough that I didn’t bother with a shower.  I had also packed my headlamp at the bottom of my pack, and without the desire to repack the night before leaving, I had to execute my final hostel room departure in complete darkness.  At least the taxi ride to the airport was faster without the business of rush hour traffic.

Once at the airport, I checked my backpack, leaving me with my two laptops, camera, and a few random items in a cheap bag I bought before leaving Medellin.  I bought a last minute bottle of Medellin Anejo rum so I could enjoy the occasional rum on the rocks or with Sprite as I’d done so often the first half of 2009.  Of course I was raped with a giant mark-up which made me wonder why the hell I didn’t just bring a bottle from Medellin.  You’d think I’d have learned to anticipate my own last-minute souvenir-buying tendencies by now, but nope!

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    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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