South America Bound

Envisioning volcanoes, jungle tracks, salt flats and glaciers. Altitude and crater lakes and sawtooth crags, hypoxic dirt routes (if I’m not careful, tourist nonsense pan flutes). For me, South America is to Asia like ground is to figure. Passable and cultivated theoretical knowledge of India, Tibet, Pakistan, Nepal, but little and woefully incomplete embodiment in habits, movement, postures there. SA, in contrast, I cognize at best superficially, but expect a familiar subsonic cultural rhythm, language, similar motions at least to the small degree that Spain’s tendril’s histories bear an affinity to my parent’s island or to my New York City childhood neighborhood. Looking forward, then, to filling in words learned not in conceptuality, but through magical sources using magic, my favorites, Borges, of course, and  Cortazar and Fuentes and Puig.

4 thoughts on “South America Bound

  1. To quote Monty Python’s Life of Brian “You lucky, lucky bastard!”

    Have a great trip and I look forward to the tales and pictures on your return.

    Alex

  2. Are you going to cycle this? When? I am so envy you!! I love South America and Lake Titicaca to Ushuaia , that is one of the routes I want to go next ! Is this your first time to S America?? I loved Ecuador and Peru. You will love it.

    • Hi Miyako — Yes, I’ll be cycling this route, leaving in a couple of weeks and returning end of January ’12. First time to South America for me, I’m looking forward to it.

      Joe

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