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Wild About… The Unexpected

Wild About… The Unexpected

˜ Aren’t we all ‘Wild About…‘ something?˜

A new guest posts series, to discover another piece of our beautiful world  through an amazing variety of experiences.

There is nothing in the world that I love about travel other than the unexpected. In the last 9 months I have visited over 8 countries and lived in 5 of those. Every single one of my trips including my trip to Antarctica was planned in less than a week! A two week cruise to the end of the world, it really doesn’t get any more unexpected than that. There have been some dangerous situations that I have barely gotten out of and others that are more welcoming.

Antarctica

Antarctica, Photo by Marcello Arrambide

I’ll take you back to Thanksgiving weekend in 2010. Penguins have been on my must see list since I started traveling heavily. Luckily, Penguins are on the top of the things to do in Argentina list as they host penguins in both Ushuaia and Punta Tombo. Punta Tombo in near the town of Puerto Madryn, Argentina, hosts one of the largest Magellan Penguins in the world. You are able to walk right in front of the Penguins and get so close that you can touch them.

Heisman trophy

Heisman trophy, Photo by Marcello Arrambide

I had two goals: poke a penguin and do the Heisman trophy stance with one. I wasn’t able to poke them because I didn’t realize how fierce their beaks were but I did manage to do the Heisman stance. A penguin actually attacked me while I was taking pictures of its nest and I even have video of me dancing with a Penguin! On my trip to Antarctica I was surrounded by an entire colony of penguins while they were jumping on my back and legs.

It hasn’t been all fun and games on my travels. I was born in Venezuela and on my last trip to the chaotic country I was robbed at gunpoint. The best part of the story is that they only took my camera, cell phone, and the cash I had on hand. I was able to negotiate the return of my wallet, all credit cards, and some cash to pay for the taxes on my flight. The best part is I almost scored the memory card of my camera back too, stupid criminals, they have no negotiating skills.

A few other scary situations include when I almost walked into the favelas of various countries.

Brazilian Favela Paraguay

Brazilian Favela Paraguay, Photo by Marcello Arrambide

The first was in Paraguay, as I was walking down the the stairs to enter the Brazilian favela a man came out of nowhere and told me I really, REALLY, didn’t want to enter the neighborhood. I later found out that it’s one of the most dangerous parts of Asuncion. When I was in Salta, Argentina I accidentally drove through the worse part of the city. An area that is so bad that people from the city don’t even drive there. Normally they pin cars that are not from the neighborhood to not let them escape from the neighborhood. I luckily escaped.

Whether good or bad, the unexpected part about travel is what really excited me. There is a lesson to be learned from every bad situation and a fond memory to be remembered for every good situation. My trip to Antarctica is one of the most amazing things that I have ever done. The situation in Venezuela is one of the most dangerous I have been in. But you have to take the bad with the good.

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Marcello is a day trader that is currently traveling around the world. He shares his travel tips, funny stories, and experiences through his blog at WanderingTrader.com. He has visited over 35 countries and lived in 3 continents by the age of 21.

You can find Marcello on Twitter @wanderingtradr and Facebook WanderingTrader

Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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4 Comments
  • Juno
    Posted at 15:28h, 28 April Reply

    Unexpected, that’s what I like about travel too! I like flexible itinerary, unexpected trip with fellow travelers, and serendipities!
    And you know, all your steps sound pretty amazing. Yay for unexpected travel!

  • Angela
    Posted at 10:52h, 27 April Reply

    I love the unexpected too, actually, I chase it! I’ll still try to avoid being robbed though 🙂

  • waitinginthedark
    Posted at 17:52h, 26 April Reply

    Awfully jealous too!!! Shall we go together to Antarctica? 🙂

  • Michael Hodson
    Posted at 12:08h, 22 April Reply

    Serious jealousy about this particular trip. Need to find someway to get there in 2012. Arrrggggg.

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