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I’d say we have too much time on our hands, but there is no such thing. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #backwardsday

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Blog Update - Isla de la Plata, Ecuador - Link in my bio. 👍🏻

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If want to see some booby pictures, go check out our recent blog update. Link in our bio. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #isladelaplata #ecuador #southamerica #bluefootedbooby

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So many friends, so many goodbyes 😭going to miss this one extra..

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Went and got myself a younger husband 👶🏼

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Tomorrow we are making our way back to the mountains to find some mountain passes to drive and glacier lakes to hike to. 💥🤙🏻 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica

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I have made a lot of friends this past week. ✨💗

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In 14 months we have slowly went from having all the plans to no plans. It’s been a long process and lesson, but there is no question, the more we’ve let it all go, the better our days have gotten. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #peru

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When Bren leaves me for 3 seconds...

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Getting lost in the Amazon 🐒📿🌱

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At 896m Yumbilla is the fifth tallest waterfall in the world. This photo is just one of the four tiers. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #peru #gsioutdoors

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The most essential non-essential we carry are our going away cards from our friends. We’ve read one per month, saving them for times we need a reminder that we have people at home that love us and are rooting for us. This month we pulled this gem of a card. It made our whole damn week. 😂 Don’t worry @benfuller6957, we are following the rainbow brick road back to you, because you’re right - you wise soul you! We miss all our dope ass friends.

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Peru has been killing us with the views this past week. 👀 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #peru #southamerica

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✌🏻 Ecuador. Thanks for the good times.📍Next stop: Peru! - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #ecuador #southamerica

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Surprise! We bought a new house! ⛺️ This was a long thought out decision, it took us months to decide actually. We loved our hammock, and we were both very stubborn about switching back to a tent. But, we love high elevations and the places to hang a hammock were becoming hard to find in South America. We were missing out on great camping locations and/or having to stay in hotels. It’s going to be a weird transition but there are some postives, like being able to eat inside. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador

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Day 399. September 26, 2018. Celebrating 9 years together and 4 years married. • On the eve of our anniversary we sat on opposite sides of the tent writing our anniversary cards to each other. We wrote under our headlamp lights on pieces of paper torn out from our journals. We celebrated that night by splurging on cheesecake and wine, and the morning of with english muffins and bacon. We spent the day driving and crossing the border into Peru, and the night staring up at the stars. • A simple, and perfect way to celebrate what an incredible year it’s been! One spent travelling to 12 counties, trying new things, eating new foods, and making new friends. We celebrated Día de los Muertos in Mexico, spent a night watching a volcano erupt in Guatemala, swam in emerald rivers in Costa Rica, learned to salsa in Colombia, and so so much more. • We have shared nearly every minute of it together. And as wonderful as it’s been, it’s also had its fair share of challenges, arguments, and misunderstandings. It’s taken a focused effort to keep our relationship functioning at it’s best. It’s been the most important element of this whole journey. Every day we have to agree on where to go, eat, sleep, etc. Things not thought about when we had a home. Working well together as a team is crucial and essential. It can be the difference between a good and bad day. • But, we have the gift of time. Time to sit together during the hard times and really dig deep and understand each other better. Not only in regards to our relationship, but personally too. We call these conversations our ‘power talks’, and they usually involve talking about what is going right, how we have been challenged, what we want to improve or change, and offering each other comfort, advice, and/or tough love when needed. • In all our previous years together, we’ve always had some sort of direction: move in together, get married, buy a house, open a business, drive our motorcycle across the Americas, etc. These days we aren’t sure where we will be in 6 months, 1 year, or even 5 years. But what we still know is that whatever the direction is going to be, it’s going to be heading towards together.

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Yesterday we celebrated 9 years of love and 4 years of marriage. This past year was our best and toughest, but what I learned is that our love goes deeper than I could have ever imagined. 💕 #brendonandkiraforever

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Riding on the back of a motorcycle everyday for the past year has been pretty hard on my body. With frequent exercise and stretching I’ve been able to, for the most part, manage it. All except my bruised coccyx (tailbone), which is quite literally a pain in the ass. • For the past 2 months I have done research, asked for advice in motorcycle forums, and self-treated, but have found no relief. I knew a doctor wouldn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know. Which is that I need to rest and avoid sitting for long periods. Obviously this isn’t an option for me. What I was hoping for (and got!) was confirmation of my self-diagnosis, and a strong medication to help with the pain. • Aside from the needle in the ass and a healthy supply of pain meds, I also now have a really cool donut. It looks just like the one my 80 year old Opa used to sit on. I’m super excited to start carrying it around everywhere with me. 👍🏻😎 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #ecuador #southamerica

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*BLOG UPDATE* Letting the unexpected happen & the search for a volunteer. Find the link in our bio. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador #volunteerabroad

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For the past 2 weeks we have been staying at our aunt and uncle’s place on the coast of Ecuador. We didn’t do much besides reading, writing, and appreciating all the comforts that a home brings. We kicked a soccer ball around a bit and taught ourselves tennis. It was quiet and peaceful, just the two of us, and this family of burrowing owls. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #ecuador #southamerica #burrowingowl

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Found ourselves a cute little mountain hotel that surprisingly fit into our budget...but only because we took a room with no heat. Luckily Bren has given me years of experience with this. 😂 Now, after a sharing one of the best trouts I’ve ever had, we are going to go huddle under the covers and try and stay warm. The first few days back in the mountains are always the coldest ❄️

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Coasts, jungles, mountains, repeat. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador

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Said goodbye to the coast today. We’re heading back to the mountains and probably won’t see it again for awhile.

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Amazon sunsets, almost as good as the Amazon night sky.🌌 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #ecuador #southamerica #sunset

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Fishing for piranhas was one of those things I didn’t know I wanted to do until I did it. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador #gsioutdoors

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Sometimes I can’t think of anything interesting to write, except: Here is another photo of Brendon and a volcano. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #creativewriting - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador

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It’s unusual for us to go on a casual drive, but a couple days ago we drove up the coast from San Jose to San Clemente and back. A scenic stop along the way proved to be worth while as we sipped a cold beer and watched whales come up to blow. 🐳 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador

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Blog Update! A 3 day hike in Parque Nacional Los Nevados. Link in our profile. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia #losnevados

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Today’s daily dose of play.

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My life got a lot better after I found out about vicuñas.

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The challenge, the process, the waiting. The fights, the joys, and the triumphs. Every kind gesture, meal outside, sunset, and moment of wonder. I want to remember it all. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador #gsioutdoors

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While staying with an Ecuadorian family recently, I was giving the task of sorting through some of the rice harvest. This pile took me 2 hours. 😖 I’ve had a love-hate relationship with rice this past year - seeing as I eat it every single day. This job gave me a much greater appreciation. I will pretend every plate of rice I eat from now on is one I sorted through myself. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador #rice

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Normally when you drive past your intended camping spot by fifty kilometres it is a bad day. Not this time! The unexpected experience we found ourselves in was unforgettable. In the small community of Nuevo Paraiso we were invited into the home of Moisés and Fanny, and their ten children. This was more of a complex than a house, and we found ourselves bunked up in one of the many spare dorm rooms for a couple nights. We lived, ate, worked, and played with the family. Their kindness will not be forgotten. - We didn’t pull our camera out once, so here are a few iPhone pictures we took during our stay with this lovely family. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador #kindness

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The Golden-Mantled Tamarin. One of the 6 species of monkeys we saw over the past few days - and our personal favourite. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador #yasuninationalpark

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Imagine a place where pink dolphins swim beneath you, birds of every size and colour fly overhead, and monkeys soar through the air between the trees beside you. • In the same place you’ll find dangers lurking around every corner. Crocodiles, piranhas, or the feared anaconda waiting to greet you if you dare go for a swim. • We reached such a place after a 200 kilometer boat ride into the Amazon Jungle, where we hired a local guide and his canoe to explore further yet into the largest rainforest on earth. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador #amazon

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Tomorrow we are taking a boat 8 hours down the Napo River in the Amazon basin. From there we are heading out on a 4 day adventure. I’ve seen the movie Anaconda so I have a pretty realistic expectation of how this is going to go. 😏🐍

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I used to replace fork seals every season on my dirt bikes. That is until I discovered “seal mate.” This simple tool slides under the fork seal to clean out the dirt causing your leak. It’s been over five years since I’ve replaced a seal on any of my bikes! -B - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador

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We knew it would be difficult, but most great places are. Yesterday we attempted to reach a Refuge Hut at 15,092ft on Volcan Cayambe, which is the highest point along the entire equator (18,996 ft). We made it within half a kilometer before being denied access by the road conditions (not pictured). Luckily a passing land rover was able to winch us up to a point where we could turn around. Even though we didn’t make it, we are satisfied having gave it our best shot. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #ecuador #southamerica #cayambe

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We had a great time at Parque Condor, and learned lots about various birds of prey. They claimed to be a rescue center, but we started to wonder when we saw the bald eagle. His name was Gringo.🦅 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #parquecondor #southamerica #ecuador

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Touring the mountainside, trying to get our fill before we head down into the Amazon for a jungle experience. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador

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365 days and 33,409kms later we are at the equator! We never imagined we would be on the journey this long, but we have adapted well to life on the road. We are excited for the second year and the Southern Hemisphere! #middleoftheworld

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After a 3 week hiatus back in Canada visiting family, we’ve returned to Ecuador to resume the journey. It feels good to be back.

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And, just like that, I’m back to reading books in my hammock under avocado trees 🥑📚💕

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Sunrise flights. 😍

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Sunset golf cart rides with the nieces....and of course, Kilo got to go for one too. ☺️

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Took our boy on his first quad ride! He was stoked. So were we.

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5 days on the lake, 5 days in the country. Leaving the first half of family visits happily tired and incredibly full (in both heart and stomach).

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Hey! 👋🏻 remember us? We just wanted to jump on here real quick and send out one final reminder about our print sale. {8×12 prints for $25, with free shipping in Canada & the US. - find more information on our blog, link in profile!} The sale ends today at midnight! • We are keeping all requests to one location, so, if you would like to support us, please email info@adventurehaks.com, and let us know which photo you would like and your address. If you have not confirmed your order that way, we have NOT gotten it. • Prints will be mailed next week, and all envelopes will be licked by Brendon personally. Thank you to everyone who has ordered already, we love ya! - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #printsale

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Yup, still Canadian.

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Ecuador, country #10! We just got a taste today, but are looking forward to exploring this beautiful country once we get back from our 3 week visit to Canada. • Until then, you probably won’t hear too much from us, as we will be busy spending time with our families, eating poutines, drinking caesers, etc.✌🏻 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #ecuador

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We have been on the road for 17 of the past 29 hours (that includes the 3 hours it took to cross the border). We have only traveled 513kms - that’s travel in Latin America for ya. We have 198kms to go. It’s been a long day, but things are still pretty zen around here. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia

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Una nueva historia en la que estaremos presentes. Siempre prestos a brindar nuestra mejor atención y servicio. Buen viaje. #Repost @adventurehaks with @get_repost ・・・ We are leaving Cali!! As I write this Brendon is packing up our motorcycle!A huge thanks to Jhon of @potenzacali ,and the team, for going above and beyond in order to make this happen for us. Grateful doesn’t even begin to cover it. If you need a shop in Cali, Colombia, they are your people. Now the rest is up to us! Follow our Instagram (or Facebook) stories over the next couple days to find out if we make our afternoon flight in Quito on Wednesday. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #ktm #southamerica #colombia

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We are leaving Cali!! As I write this Brendon is packing up our motorcycle!A huge thanks to Jhon of @potenzacali ,and the team, for going above and beyond in order to make this happen for us. Grateful doesn’t even begin to cover it. If you need a shop in Cali, Colombia, they are your people. Now the rest is up to us! Follow our Instagram (or Facebook) stories over the next couple days to find out if we make our afternoon flight in Quito on Wednesday. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #ktm #southamerica #colombia

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Our motocycle parts arrived by plane today! 🙌🏻 So far Plan A is going as scheduled. Thanks to the persistence of @potenzacali ! If all continues to go well, we’ll be on the road by late afternoon Monday! That will give us 48 hours until we need to be checking in at the airport in Quito, Ecuador - 14 hours away. There is no room for error. It’s a good thing we love adventure....and driving fast. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #colombia #southamerica #ktm

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Window to the sea. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan

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Last night we went out for a night on the town. Then it started pouring rain and the electricity went out. 😂 Just one of those days.

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I like writing because it forces me to slow down and pay attention to my life. I share it in hopes that my story can help you. Because I think stories are what really help people. That’s what helps me. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia #waterfall

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Bren: Let’s go for a drink. Me: But I just wrote about how you shouldn’t drown your sorrows in alcohol. Bren: If today went well we’d still be going for a drink. Me: You’re right. Well I want a margarita then. Bren: I want a planter full of alcohol.

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**Bike Update | Part Two** Thankfully, we have learned that our motorcycle will be fixed under warranty, which officially ran out four months ago. No problem. We can just walk down to the corner store, buy a box of cheap wine, and wait it out. Bobs your Uncle. • Except, we have that flight to catch in Quito next Wednesday. So we’ll still be buying the wine and waiting, while also keeping our fingers crossed that our parts arrive and the bike is fixed in time. • Other options include……drive a dangerously broken bike to Quito, buy parts in Canada, smuggle a massive shock in my luggage for fear of paying the import duty, and have it fixed there. (For those wondering, KTM Ecuador will not order warranty parts to their shop because of the high import taxes.) • Or.....We could pay the hefty fee to change our flight, setting off a chain reaction of being late for family get togethers in various locations across Canada. Plans that have been coordinated months ago. • Or......We could also leave our bike in Colombia and catch a flight to Quito. But that would add in two extra flight costs, another steep Colombian entry tax, and more motorcycle insurance. This adds up to almost $2000. We searched for hours to make this trip to Canada happen on a tight budget. Sad to say, but it boils down to money. • And, well, if all goes to plan, we will have two days to drive the 14 hours to Quito. Factoring in the sketchy roads, a border crossing, and inability to drive at night (for safety concerns)….this will leave us with no margin for error. (Written by Brendon) - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #colombia #southamerica #ktm

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**Bike Update | Part 1** Currently we are sitting on the bed of our Airbnb room, our things strewn about around us. We were planning on leaving Cali today. Our motorcycle panniers sit open at the foot of the bed, patiently waiting to be packed. We are doing fairly well at keeping our composure but it falters in our discussions - that are borderline arguments - about what we are going to do. Our phones in hand, and computer open beside us, we research and send emails. I silently keep telling myself that this is a problem that some wish they had. Deep down, I am frazzled, stressed, and annoyed. • Irrationally, I question why we booked flights in advance. In history, any sort of scheduled departure on this journey has not worked out for us. Does learning not usually work by having some experiences, thinking them through, developing a theory, and then hopefully finally putting two and two together?! The rational part of my brain tells me to stop being so dramatic. Everything always works out, and it will again this time… (Written by Kira) - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #colombia #southamerica #ktm

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The first sentence of this quote hit me right upside the head today. • Also! Yesterday I got my nails painted for the first time in ONE YEAR. I was able to get a mani AND a pedi for $5 Canadian here in Cali 😲. The white nail polish trend has yet to hit Colombia. The employees and the other clients thought I was loco for not getting any colours. I really didn’t think hot pink would go with my motorcycle gear 😜.

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The first week of June was a tough one for me emotionally. I was short-tempered, withdrawn, and moody. Looking back from a much better place, I've thought a lot about love - because poor Bren has to experience all of me 24/7. We don’t have workdays or different rooms to buffer the bad moods. • I used to think that people need to love you just the way you are, but Bren definitely doesn’t love me because I can be a “fire breathing dragon.” He loves me because he is willing to work through it. He could have withdrawn himself, or become angry with me. But instead he loved me harder. He showed me compassion, he listened, and he shouldered more of the weight during that time. • So now I think that love isn't about finding someone who loves you just the way you are. It is finding someone who you want to do the work with and who wants to do the work with you. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #sunrise #love #marriage

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💡 Fun Fact of the Day 💡 Did you know that people used to grow vines on the outside of their houses because it would help keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I didn’t. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Anyways, don’t tell Bren because he’ll want to want to grow ivy on the walls and roof of our future home. 😝

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Social media is a balance between sharing the positive - because the world needs more of that + being honest about the mess and the struggle - because that is part of life too + sharing whatever you want - because who cares what anyone thinks. • Only sharing the good times creates unrealistic expectations about life. That view from the top of the mountain that everyone is striving for? Well it’s a steep, muddy climb to the top, and you’re most likely going to get lost and frustrated a few times along the way. • Yet those who open up about the imperfect moments, run the the risk of being deemed negative, or worse yet, ungrateful. Like humans aren’t allowed to have a shitty moment/day/week. • Negative emotion is a part of life and growth - no matter the life you live - so we really need to stop shaming people for having it. The goal with negative emotion is that we are able to feel it fully without needing food, exercise, alcohol, shopping, etc to feel better, and then - and this is the most important part - MOVE ON. • I’m not saying we’ve reached that goal either. Because we just drowned our sorrows in an extra large pizza and a few bottles of wine this past week. We’re getting better though. • Lastly, a good healthy dose of ‘not giving a fuck what anyone thinks,’ helps to not let any of it get to you. You do you. - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan

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Note to self: Don’t drink from rivers that are close to active volcanoes. 🚱 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia

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My recipe for glowing skin: a healthy dose of vitamin d ☀️ & fresh mountain air ⛰, rarely wearing makeup 💄, and a weekly coffee grind scrub ☕️. Costs me $0.

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Things I do when I can’t sleep. Read, Write, and read old things I have written. Here is an interesting paragraph from October 2017. • “Already I find myself daydreaming about life after this. What it will be like, and how I want to be different, live different, be better. I wonder what the impact of living such a different life for a year will be like. What will be ingrained in me? We have only been in a new country for two weeks. It has become rather apparent that I am always planning the future instead of living my life in the present. Months ago I was daydreaming about this, and now I sit here daydreaming about when this is over. What am I doing? I need to make the present the primary focus. This is all I have.” - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan

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Cali ☀️ 💦 🌴

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Bren left his water bottle in a taxi this week 😑 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia #gsioutdoors

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Colombian Independence Day is celebrated in a way we are very familiar with. A night full of food, drinks, and friends. 🇨🇴

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Don’t worry, we have a backlog of photos to share so we can all daydream together 🙂 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia #ktm

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**Bike Update** We have extended our stay in Cali another week as we try and get our motorcycle sorted out. The rear shock has failed, leaking all of its oil, along with a faulty suspension ECU (for the second time). We are on standby, while we wait to find out from Austria if this is going to be covered under warranty. As murphy’s law would have it, our problems began shortly after the official warranty period. • If they don’t, the repairs have been quoted at $11,000,000 Colombian Pesos. That’s just over $5,000CAD. We don’t even want to think about what that will mean for us and this journey if that is the case. Tomorrow is a holiday so we will have to sit on this until next week. • For now, we are trying to stay positive as we play the waiting game - something we have gotten rather good at. • On a happier note, we are staying at beautiful Airbnb that overlooks the city, has a pool, and two great hosts that are fast becoming friends. We have our health, and we have each other. 💕 - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia #ktm

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A salad a day keeps the doctor away.🥗 A glass of wine (or 6) a day helps to forget about the bike issues.🍷

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“Women are powerful, and I see them stifle this every. single. day. Stop looking to be saved and hiding your magic. Stop tossing aside your voice and valid emotions. Stop wasting your time with fake friends and chasing men like they're cures. Material things, better jobs, and other people- they won't fill your gap. Only you can do that. Life is short. Rise up and step back into your awesome, innate power. You are compassion and creative force and divine life itself. You are a Goddess.” -Victoria Erickson - #adventurehaks #the30thyearplan #southamerica #colombia

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It is rather frustrating to be dealing with bike issues again..... but we’re in sunny Cali and there is a pool, so... ☀️

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