Breaking Chains and Not Burning Rubber

BREAKING CHAINS - Freedom: Cycle touring is the greatest way I have found to experience freedom. Whilst I celebrate mine I hope to help others gain and realise theirs, and protect ours, by fundraising for Amnesty International

NOT BURNING RUBBER - Environmental Awareness: Cycling is one of the most efficient and sustainable modes of transport. It's slow speed allows you to become more aware and connected with our surroundings, and therefore the pressures that they may be under. I intent to have a minimal negative impact on the environment whilst I travel, and will share my observations and experiences about my journey, environmental issues, and sustainable living here:

Friday, 2 September 2011

I get by with a little help from my friends

Great lyrics by the beatles. I have always believed it, but whilst travelling and lately it has become especially true.
I had loads of help from friends before I left, and since been in Santiago (for two weeks) I have had the pleasure of meeting up with a couple of friends of friends, been given many contacts from others, and only had to find digs (accomodation) for three nights accomodation, two on trips out of the city. It s like a snowball.
Cheers Caroline, Pato, and Yann!
The internet with its social network sites is an amazing tool for making and staying in touch with friends.
Two really useful sites for finding hosts / new friends are;
couchsurfing.com massive with millions of hosts all other the world. I have hosted and stayed with friends off here. Great way to travel and hook up with locals and expats.
warmshowers.org purely for cycle tourists, a great way to get tips and advice on local routes etc, and of course a warm shower after been on the road. I m currently staying with a really helpful guy from this site.
Both are going to be mega useful on my trek.

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