In July we’ve been based in Salta in North West Argentina renting an apartment that fellow travellers Dan and Fiona introduced us to. The focus has been on getting some work done and enjoying the comforts of having our own place for a while – a kitchen, comfy bed, hot shower and a wonderful terrace complete with barbeque, jacuzzi and views of the hills that surround the city.
We’ve been getting in training for the Andes by regularly walking up the 1070 steps of Cerro San Bernardo for wonderful views of the city, especially at sunset. We’re also taking private Spanish lessons twice a week to keep up our progress.
We took a mini-break for our 11th anniversary to Finca Santa Anita, a farm near Coronel Moldes. We enjoyed some great horse riding around the pretty Dique Cabra Corral, but due to a cold snap spent the rest of the time huddled in rocking chairs close to the fire, working our way through the library.
On our last morning we woke to a garden covered in snow! It has been 14 years since this area last saw snow so it really was a freak occurrence. Only a week earlier we had been enjoying day time temperatures in the late 20s celsius. Thankfully it’s back to normal sunny days again now.
Next week we are moving to the countryside out of town to house sit Leigh from The Future is Red‘s house. Hopefully we’ll head up to Bolivia at the end of August.
Our map and photos are now updated with our road trip around the region and extra photos can be found on our Flickr page. It was difficult to choose just a selection of photos as the scenery was so stunning on this trip.
Never Ending Voyage Around the Web
July has been a good month for us with a huge traffic spike for Simon’s post The Benefits of Selling Everything You Own. We’ve been featured around the web in a number of places.
We participated in Vagabond Quest’s post on Top Advice by Travellers.
Johnny Vagabond included us on his list of 10 Travel Blogs I Follow From the Road even though he has much less time to read blogs while travelling. We are pleased to be included with such great company.
Brendan’s Adventures has listed us as one of the Top 100 Independent Travel Websites.
Digital Nomad Update
Following his site’s relaunch Simon has been inundated with web design and development work this month, and August looks like it’ll be even busier. Luckily our apartment in Salta is a great place to get work done.
He is still finding time to work on his own project – an Adobe Air application. The Daily Dream Machine is a personal productivity tool with a focus on small efforts everyday to achieve big goals. It has a 50s-inspired design and a big blue cloud (obviously). He developed it for his own personal use and as a learning process for the travel apps that we have planned.