Biking Death Road, from La Paz, Bolivia to the Amazon Rainforest

I spent several months exploring South America last year and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I had a couple of real vacations while I was there. (For me, that means I spent days without cell phone service or wifi, so I couldn’t work.) One of them began with a day of biking Death Road, which connects La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, to the Amazon Rainforest. It is about 60km/40 miles long, and from La Paz, it’s mostly downhill.

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Biking Death Road, from La Paz, Bolivia to the Amazon Rainforest


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Uyuni Bolivia, travel, digital nomad

Welcome to Gypset Brunette

If I have learned anything in the last several years, it’s that life doesn’t usually go as planned, and it’s better to go with the flow than to try to control everything. I never dreamed I would travel to such far off places until I spontaneously bought a plane ticket to Finland three years ago. Before I left, I couldn’t have imagined the things that travel has taught me.

Sometimes, life turns out better than I could have imagined.

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Part 1: A Darker Side of Travel

I’m not trying to discourage you from traveling, and I don’t plan to stop. I did, however, have some recent bad luck as a result of my travels…

I’ve been home from my most recent trip to Southeast Asia for a few months. I started editing video from the Full Moon Party in late April, but by the middle of May, I wasn’t myself. My energy dwindled; my appetite disappeared. My friends thought I just didn’t want to hang out – I didn’t appear to be ill. By the first week of June, I thought I had a really bad cold, or that my flu shot from last winter hadn’t worked.

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Part 1: A Darker Side of Travel


Welcome Back to Bangkok

After 23 hours on three flights I landed in Bangkok, grabbed my luggage from baggage claim, jumped in a cab, found my hostel. The doors were locked, the lights were off and the sign by the doorbell was written in Thai… Fortunately, like most times when I find myself in a bind while traveling, I had a very nice cab driver who read the sign and called the owners from his cell phone instead of abandoning me alone in a dark alley in Bangkok with all of my luggage. Finally, a bed.

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Welcome Back to Bangkok