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Day 434: Vancouver, Canada
When I wrote the posts reflecting on a year of travel Lindsay Hogg, aka Hogga, asked in the comments section for more dirt on my South America travel. I promised her I would answer them when I returned back to Canada and thought the best way to do it was for her to interview me on my site – so I’m turning it over to Hogga.


The images in this post are from her new site Chicken Chunk, which is brilliant and hilarious. I have never met Hogga but I do know this girl is a star.

A few weeks ago I asked Baconator to write a ‘best of’ post. Not because I wanted her to write some fluffy shit about what’s cool in South America, but because I wanted insight on her happy happy-funtimes-awesomesauce.

What I’m getting at, is that Baconator often shares her gushy insides with us. That’s why we love her, she’s honest and not afraid to write about the hard parts in life. No sugar coating going on up in this blog.




But it’s inspiring because she shares these ‘hard parts’ and how she has overcome them. Some posts have actually made my black little heart burst for A-dawg, to the point I coundn’t even bring myself to write a vulgar or totally unrelated comment, as per usual.


Me-speechless-ever? How sneaky of you, Baconator.


Thus, in lame, rainbow filled, pink, fairy dust, chick flick kinda terms – I would like to know, what makes your ‘heart soar’ Baconator?

I know, I can’t believe I just said that either. I literally just punched a stuffed animal to try and balance out my feelings. I would go make some children cry to feel normal again, but I’m too busy writing these questions. Here we go:

kissing cartoon

1. Who is the most memorable person you’ve met on your travels? Did you make out with them? Would you make out with me? I’m pretty easy when I’m drunk…

That is an impossible question to answer. I am blown away by people I meet all the time. The last person who made me so excited about the world was actually a taxi driver in Argentina.

He picked me up and we were talking about if it was dangerous for him at night to drive a cab, by accident he missed the turn to my destination, immediately turned the meter off and explained to me that he would still drive me to where I wanted to go but I shouldn’t have to pay more because it was his fault.

This is pretty incredible for a Buenos Aires cab driver as they are infamous for driving you way out of the way to crank the meter up.


I did not make out with the cab driver.


In Central America I spent a week traveling with a girl who was 19 and her inexperience in the world was so refreshing. I felt so jaded by life and seeing joy through her was so cool. I would have never been friends with a 19 year old in Canada but in Nicaragua we had so much in common.


I did not make out with her.


If I had to choose it would probably be Andres in Ecuador. He really helped me understand how things aren’t cheap there, they are actually really expensive. And while we jaunt off to South American countries, most of our home countries would never allow the same people we take photos of in our borders.


No comment on Andres.


cartoon I like the desert

2. What spot/scenery or whatever, most took your breath away? Like that kind of “I’m gonna cry because I’m a pansy and my life is so awesome” kinda scenery.

And why do you think it had this effect on you? OR – are you a robot and nothing effected you this way? *Fingers crossed you answer robot*

Without a doubt the Atacama Desert. I know you aren’t a desert fan but the mix of the salt cracked earth fighting for space with the oasis was incredible. If it weren’t so incredibly hot I would want to move there.

I’m so lucky at this point I’m jaded, always surrounded by pretty mountains, pretty lakes, pretty volcanoes, yeah they are nice but they didn’t move me.

I don’t know why I felt connected to the desert. Maybe because the stars were unbelievable and I could actually see the Milky Way – I have a thing for astronomy.


3. Name one night in SA to which you had, what I would call ULTIMATE FUNPANTS. It can be daytime too, but I feel like that wouldn’t be as exciting.

I was on my way through Ecuador and stopped in Cuenca, for what I thought would be one night but it turned out it was their national holiday, well more like a holiday week.

I met 4 other girls in my hostel dorm room and we became immediate friends drinking far too much for far too long doing things I will never write about on this blog.

4. What did you find out you liked, that you didn’t know you liked beforehand? For example, I realized I enjoy sexy-time with Latin men. Ha, as my mother would say, “TMI Lindsay” (She thinks she’s cool when she uses abbreviations… it makes me angry).

I’m not sure I discovered anything I really liked but travel made me younger.

I loosened up and was able to laugh at stupid jokes, not worry if I looked silly to others, and not wonder if what I was doing was age appropriate – mostly because it wasn’t.

5. Seriously, I want numbers – bring it:  How many new friends did you make and how many of them do you think you’ll keep in contact with?

I don’t make friends easily, sometimes I realize they will just be an acquaintance and I don’t even add them to Facebook.

I would say over the year I made 10 friends I know I will keep in contact with on Facebook and 5 that will always be friends.


drinking cartoon

How many days a week would you say your intoxicated on the road?

I never write about this but I am a huge lush. I have always been a big drinker, it’s my one vice (I don’t consider eating pork a vice) sometimes it was 5 nights a week, like in Colombia but others maybe only 2-3.

How many one day, week, month boyfriends have you had on this trip?

Hogga you know I don’t like to answer these questions! It’s been a handful, ONE handful. It could have been more but I am picky and so many backpackers are gross.

But I don’t want to leave you hanging so I will tell you that the very first one-week boyfriend was 14 years younger that me. I know! He lied about his age. But it did set the tone for the rest of the trip.

Ahhh I should probably ask you something boring here, like um, how many countries did you visit? zzzz….

I think 11…

6. As readers, we’ve been through a lot with you. Breakups, eating weird foods, physical and emotional challenges… now tell us what makes you happy. In my embarrassing terms above, what makes your ‘heart soar’?

(Old people falling and chasing squirrels makes me pretty content with life)

Note: This question is under the assumption that you are happy. So um, if you’re not, just tell us your favorite colour. High five…

One of the greatest things about travel is that you discover who you are when there is no one and nothing to define you.

What draws me most to Latin America is people wear their heart on their sleeve. They are uninhibited at displaying affection, anger, joy, sadness.

I have always been a bit of a distant person and while I have had lots of friends, very few *really* knew me and so many were unaware of any insecurities or fear I had because I always wear this mask of confidence that everything is okay.

Here I learned it is okay to cry and show vulnerability and not know what you are doing with your life. I really feel like this is where I need to be. I have also learned that I don’t always need to know the answers, I don’t know what I am doing with my life. I have made decisions.

I am really enjoying just living life, drinking too much wine tonight and not worrying about what will happen tomorrow.


Join the Conversation

  1. This is hilarious! Thanks for the laughs 🙂
    And Latin America has taught me to open up, too, can totally relate.

  2. Seattle Dredge says:

    haha hilarious

    I was a bit confused at first with who was interviewing whom, with all of the baconny references, but I think I figured it out, haha.

    You lush, you! :p

  3. dtravelsround says:

    oh my gosh, i looooooooove this!!! 🙂

  4. Michael Figueiredo says:

    This interview made me LOL! Sorry for the abbreviation 😉

    1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

      PFFFT… why don’t you go hang out with my mom.

  5. Odysseus Drifts says:

    The last answer of your interview makes me want to immediately move to S. America. The standardized pleasant emotions displayed in Korea — regardless of the feelings behind them — are starting to make me crazy. I should try Latin America to switch it up.

    Also, the way Hogga phrased the questions cracked me up.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      People ask me why I don’t go to South East Asia and I have been there and love it but there is something really raw about Latin America that I am drawn to.

      1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

        SE asia sucks. BAM

  6. Jeremy Branham says:

    AWESOME post! Probably my favorite one from all the ones about South America! You didn’t share enough though! 🙂

  7. Not enough juicy bits, share with us baconator, share with us your depest desires!

  8. Loves it. But I think you need to start sharing some of your lush-y late night secrets on your blog!!! Haha kidding (well… only kind of).

    1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

      Annie wants some blog porn. SETTLE DOWN LADY, this blog is PG13 okay!?

  9. Love it – I think you should start a drunk posts section?

  10. Lorna - the roamantics says:

    AMAZEBALLS!!! i’m in love with you both. you’re a match made in…the backseat of a 1980 buick regal 😀

  11. Lindsay cracks me up!! This was an awesome interview. Word.

  12. Brooke vs. the World says:

    Hehe still giggling. I love learning about your little secrets!!!

  13. Roy | Cruisesurfingz says:

    Now THIS is what I call an interview. I want more details about Q.3 haha!

  14. Adrian B. says:

    I laughed my pants off reading this interview :))
    Always a big fan of your stories, Ayngelina!

  15. Gene Bowker says:

    Love the illustrations 🙂

  16. Woohoo, two of my favourite female lushes, together in one hot and steamy blog post!

    Now that is awesomesauce indeed.

    1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:


  17. LOL fun to find out more about you and a few of your adventures that you don’t normally blog about.

  18. Justin Hamlin says:

    As much as I love your name Ayngelina, I will not call you Banconator.

    Great interview Hogga!

    1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

      I’m going to forge her signature and legally changer her name to Baconator then you will have too! mouwhahaha

      1. Justin Hamlin says:

        yeah, apparently typing that early in the morning got me. I meant I will *now* call her Baconator. Wonderful name for Ms. Ayngelina.

        1. Ayngelina Author says:

          For the record, I’m not a fan of the name, which is probably why Hogga put it in the title!

  19. The Travel Chica says:

    Hilarious! I think if you stick to wine, it’s not considered a “problem.”

    I have a photo of our wine bottle collection from the apartment in Buenos Aires… the sad thing is that didn’t even include the wine we drank outside the apartment!

  20. I can definitely relate the the feeling of freedom that traveling gives you. You can actually be fun, silly, gregarious, nutty and outrageous (but within reason)without worrying if someone you know will judge you. It is so liberating to just BE!

  21. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

    Geeze Ayngelina, you should really stop eating all that sand, I don’t think it’s good for you.

  22. Mmmmmm Argentinian wine.

    Your previous posts about Chile have me dying to go…I’m setting 2012 as a potential date, thanks to you. 😉

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Very nice, maybe I’ll see you there!

  23. Christine says:

    I got the best quote from a wine cork..”Whatever you do, pour yourself into it.”
    This interview proved you did just that, I love it!
    Great post.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I love that quote, more reasons to love wine!

  24. Matthew Karsten says:

    I vote that Hogga comes back to do this every 6 months. 😀

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I’m not so sure I’m ready to spill the beans so frequently.

      1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

        highly unlikely. I’m here to force it out of you…

  25. I find this hilarious, nearly choking on my toast at the line ¨going to go punch a stuff animal now.¨ THanks for making her delve into the good stuff!!

  26. Bluegreen Kirk says:

    I’m with Matt she needs to come back. But this time we need to get to the 5 drunk girls and Andre! She’s leaving out all the good stuff…lol

  27. Iain Mallory says:

    Anytime I need a laugh this is where to come, thanks be smiling for the rest of the day now! Great interview …

  28. Oh my God, this post was exactly the foolery I needed to read!!! Humor, drinking, bacon, travel, and awesome illustrations-what more do you really need in life??

    I have really enjoyed reading about South America through Ayngelina’s eyes because, to be honest, I’m tired of reading 8099784 posts about SE Asia. It seems like everyone is there and going to the same places. So Argentina and Colombia sound exotic.


  29. What a great way to share South America with us. I have been there as well and really enjoyed my travels with alcohol of course but this is perfect! Sounds like you lived it up and that’s what is most important right?

  30. kara rane says:

    Ayngelina + Hogga…comedy comic book in the works?! more graphic pics please :))

  31. This is fantastic. I love everything about this. Also, I better be one of those 5 lasting friends. I shall see you in September, my friend. We can lush out together and have a few more “early nights” that end at 4am.

  32. Debbie Beardsley says:

    Agreeing with everyone else here, this was a great and funny interview! I now want to spend more time in South America to experience the people! Thanks for sharing yourself with us all.

  33. lol. You should set up a permanent collaboration.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Don’t encourage the Hogga, I cannot tell much more!

      1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

        i like doing stuff with yooouuuu. friends? FRIENDS????

  34. Katherina says:

    Hilarious… Loved it! All of it! (including the pics). I see we’ve got something in common… younger men and alcohol (it looks worse when I see it written than as I heard it in my head).

    Share more, share more! 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It’s always much better in our heads 😉

  35. Hilarious! And always nice to learn a little more about you, Ayngelina.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      If I haven’t told enough about my neurosis!

  36. adventureswithben says:

    Really liked the way this post was told.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Hogga is much more entertaining than I.

  37. This is hilarious! I kind of wish Hogga would come interview me on my site…

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Really Hogga is awesome but do you want to invite inappropriate questions about your sex life?

      1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

        i like doing stuff…

        PS. I’m kinda drunken

  38. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler says:

    You girls are silly and I like it. I also like the name Baconator. Sorry, Ayngelina!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh no, I was hoping it would not stick!

      1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

        hahaha super duper

  39. This was silly and therefore I liked it.

    1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

      indubitably good sir

  40. Dave and Deb says:

    Very fun interview. I love the addition of the illustrations. I had a smile on my face through the whole thing:)

  41. Wow four girls and the Baconator? ;p Lovin’ Hogga’s illustrations.

  42. Haha! I think there should be a post devoted to this one-week boyfriend…. haha 😉

  43. Natalie T. says:

    Great interview and interesting insights. I’m liking the “baconator.” Ha! PS I can still smell the beer under my breath of last night’s outing. So fun to hang with you both!

    1. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

      haha I did my drunk sneak out. Drunk, tired, home now. I heart our sing alongs 🙂

  44. wow! Hogga is absolutely hilarious! That’s one of the freshest most entertaining travel related interview I’ve ever read. Thanks for sharing Ayngelina!

  45. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

    I’m totally FRESH.

  46. hilarious!
    we must get drunk in Halifax 🙂

  47. OH man Ayngelina, I die over these posts that remove the blogger from the usual blog-post format. I mean, we readers expect the adventures, the objective, the outside, the observations; and these are all amazing, but still for me the most interesting thing is to know about the insecurities and interpersonal interactions and vices that the writer dealt with while experiencing said adventures. So, thanks for this, especially the last sentence 🙂

  48. Andy Newbom says:

    you had me at “i did not make out with the cab driver”

    Latin America ROCKS so hard it hurts. hurts like a triple block of AC/DC played on a crappy boombox out of a microbus pitching some cellphone company. stay might ladies and visit us in El Salvador for the trealdeal.

    1. SA is my favorite too. Thinking about going back there can sometimes be the only thing that keeps me blogging and drawing these pictures.

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