I just watched the movie “The Company Men”.  I immediately recognized the setting: amazing Autumn foliage.  Crisp, cold air.  Beautiful New England houses.  It took place in Boston, starting in the fall and ending in the winter.  As you may recall, I got to Boston in the fall and left in the winter while on my RV trip last year.

For the past year and a half, I have written down what I do every single day.  After the movie ended, I opened up my journal and  read through my entire 8 weeks in Boston.  I was able to relive the whole thing.  I could remember how I felt each day.  Little events which had been long forgotten came back to me, without being specifically written down.

I was able to feel the adventure again.  So much excitement everyday: meeting new people, exploring new places, and having new life experiences.  My whole mindset was completely different than what it has been the last few months.

I’m hoping to get another adventure in the works soon.  I really like the idea of learning Spanish, but practicing it is SO BORING!  I’m considering getting a one-way ticket + 3 month stay to some remote Spanish-speaking city.  Ideally, nobody will speak English, and I’ll be forced to learn.  Furthermore, if I buy the ticket 6 months in advance, I’ll have a heck of a lot more incentive to start studying before the trip!

Any recommendations on fun, remote, Spanish-only-speaking cities?  Central/South America or Spain will do.  I won’t consider any cities in the US like Salinas, East LA, Santa Ana, etc.

 

5 Responses to “Getting Nostalgic About my RV Adventure”

  1. Pawel says:

    I spent one week learning Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala and one week in Oaxaca, Mexico. You will learn fast in both places, but the atmosphere is completely different. There are lots of tourists in Antigua, and bars will be like a magnet after school. Oaxaca also has lots of tourists, but they don’t take over the city like in Antigua.
    There are lots of interesting places to explore in both cities. Maybe instead of going to one or two places, do a tour across different countries, staying in each place for 1-2 weeks?
    Don’t book lessons on the internet. They overcharge quite a lot, comparing to just buying at the door.

    Buena suerte!

  2. Austin Yoder says:

    Escazu, Costa Rica, Luyano or Havannah Cuba. Escazu is full of coffee plantations if you’re into coffee, and aguadulce is delicious drink there made out of sugar cane, boiled water and warm milk. yum.

  3. Tommy says:

    I was considering doing a motorcycle tour to the Chile, however that much traveling might get in the way of learning Spanish, and I’d like to be pretty fluent by the time I embarked on such a journey.

    I spent 8 weeks in Costa Rica once, but 6 were at a Spanish school and the other 2 were in extremely touristy areas. The Spanish school didn’t help as much as I wanted it to because all the students spoke English to eachother. I think the key is having zero English speakers there.

  4. Luke says:

    Fly to Buenos Aires or Chile. Learn spanish for a bit. Then, if you’re craving the moto adventure, buy a bike and head norte.

  5. Don says:

    Hey Tom, this nostalgia you feel now after only 1.5 years is why I told you to NOT sell your Rialta. Imagine how nostalgic you’ll feel in 5 years?! What about 10?! You’re gonna wish you had the Rialta then.

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