Day 360: Huarango, Chile
I have always been over connected. I spent too much time online at home and now here in Latin America, so much that I have self-imposed detox periods.
To my credit, I have managed to travel almost one year without a phone.
Throughout Central America it was really easy. I don’t think I ran into a single situation that it was required.
I embraced it. I loved it. When I heard a ringtone I didn’t so much as flinch. I knew the call was not for me.
But South America has been a bit more challenging. Couchsurfing hosts want to pick me up at the bus station and fellow travelers want to meet up. Once I stood up Mica because I emailed her I couldn’t have lunch but she had already left her apartment.
That’s what happens when you mobile-less.
Mobile-less until today.
Each day Coca told me what I was going to do. Today I was going into town to buy a phone. I didn’t question her. I knew better. I knew the freedom from cellular waves was only momentary anyway.
It was time.
There are more than a few people I want to meet up with in Chile and Argentina. In order to make plans, to meet up, to function as a normal person I need a phone.
And I was surprised at how cheap it was. For $30 I received a new plastic LG phone with a $20 phone credit.
A phone for $10? I can dig it.