Saying Goodbye

by Brenna Holeman

Machu Picchu Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Cali Colombia

Cali, Colombia

Popayan Colombia

Popayan, Colombia

San Blas Panama

Sailing from Panama to Colombia

Mancora Peru

Mancora, Peru

Galapagos Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

San Agustin Colombia

San Agustín, Colombia

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, Peru

San Agustin Colombia 2

San Agustín, Colombia

Bocas del toro Panama

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Guatape Colombia

Guatape, Colombia

Otavalo Ecuador

Otavalo, Ecuador

Salento Colombia

Salento, Colombia

Yesterday, in the La Paz bus station, Kerri and I said goodbye. We knew the day was coming, but I was still not prepared for it and still do not feel ready to be on my own; she’s my best friend, and there is nothing but laughter when we’re together, tears-pouring-down-your-face, I-can’t-breathe laughter.

When I first started planning my trip through Central and South America (nearly a year ago), I knew that the only person I wanted to come with me was Kerri. She joined me in Nicaragua at the end of June, and we travelled through Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and into Bolivia together. There were mountains and waterfalls, oceans and lakes, scuba diving and mountain biking and white-water rafting. There were crushes on boys and mosquito bites and tequila shots (sometimes all in the same night). There were huge cities and tiny towns, sharks and sea lions and monkeys and sloths. There were days spent at markets, days spent lying on the beach, days spent hiking, days spent wandering through new places, but always days that were happy and full.

Kerri went to the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to volunteer for a month, whereas I am going to continue travelling through Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina for the next nine weeks. Perhaps our paths will cross again on this continent, and I hope they do – there is nothing like finding a travel partner you get along with as well as we do.

We’ll see each other again, of course, but wow – I miss her already.

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Christine loves to Travel October 17, 2012 - 2:27 am

Awww you two are the cutest! It sucks to part ways with your travel buddy, hang in there..i’m sure you’ll see each other again before you know it 😉

mishvo October 17, 2012 - 9:33 am

How do you make money to travel so much?

Agness Walewinder October 17, 2012 - 11:29 am

The photos are great, you look so happy and free. Chin up, after she finishes her voluntary job, she will join your adventure sooner than you might even think. I know this feeling, as it happened to us all the way around. I started travelling solo in Asia, and then after 6 months my friend joined me and since then it has been more than 10 months we have been exploring the world together. I can’t imagine myself being on the road alone again!!!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures October 17, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Oh gosh, how sad!!! Wish I could join you for the last part of your trip. You left the best countries for the end yay! I hope you can be reunited soon though!!!

Rika October 18, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Compatible travel partners are so rare – you are lucky to have her! It’s a bummer that you two have to part ways, but what an amazing adventure you’ve had…I’ve really enjoyed following along! Start planning a reunion somewhere amazing 🙂

This Battered Suitcase October 19, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments, everyone! Kerri and I talk every day and we know we’ll see each other again soon.


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