September was a month of mostly work, yet we did manage to enjoy ourselves too!
What did we do?
We spent the entire month of September in Lima, living in the apartment we rented, except the last day when we flew to the north of Peru to continue overland towards Ecuador. During the month, we were a little ill several times and spent a lot of time catching up on work. This being the the biggest city we'd been in since Buenos Aires, we of course made time to squeeze in visits to many cafés, restaurants, museums and art galleries!
What did we spend?
- Total spent for two people in September (30 days): £1439.90
- Average per person per day: £24.00
The pie chart:
This month's spending doesn't include paying to see doctors a few times each, nor the medicine prescribed to us, which in total was probably a couple of hundred pounds. The reason this isn't included is because we will (hopefully) be able to claim it back from our insurance once we get all the paperwork together.
Also not included in this months spending was a new pair of glasses for me, which cost £210.21. Given that I have a very complicated prescription, that the lenses react to sunlight and are very high quality, I'm quite happy with this price as the same thing would certainly have definitely cost more in the UK.
Transport includes a one flight on the last day of the month from Lima to Piura that cost us £120.20 for the two of us, which is why our transport spending was reasonably high for a month mostly spent in one city. While in Lima, we mostly used public transport (a ride on the Metropolitano costs around £0.45), and occasionally, but not very often, took taxis.
Entertainment includes museum and art gallery entrance fees as well as a chocolate making workshop, which alone was £31.89.
Our spending on phone and internet was pretty low this month, as we had wifi almost everywhere we went in the city (and of course in our apartment), and only used the phone a few times to make calls and to have 3G when out on the street to look up directions or do the odd Foursquare check in!
Indefinite Adventure around the web
- 3rd September: Zab wrote a really useful post on how to buy and use local SIMs in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru for calls and 3G data for Too Many Adapters.
- 16th September: The guys from Five Dollar Traveller asked me to write about cheap and tasty food in South America; how could I resist?!
- 16th September: We did an interview with Will Peach for his travelling couples series.
- 23rd September: We wrote about a week in our life of travel for Nora from The Professional Hobo from back in March when we were in Bariloche, Argentina.
- 29th September: Colleen Brynn gave us the chance to write a bit about a place we could totally live: Buenos Aires!
On the blog
- Since our minds had been drifting away from South America towards Europe, we decided to put our heads together and pick the European cities we'd like to spend a month or so in at some point.
- Continuing with our Peru posts, I wrote up our experiences of visiting Nazca to learn about the famous lines to tell you how you can do the same.
- Now that this current South America leg of our journey has an end date, we announced our plans for the coming months and the new direction we're planning to take the blog in.
- In a very personal post, Zab wrote about his fear of heights, how our travels have triggered it and tested his ability to deal with it, but also how it's changed.
- We did our first interview for our new Expat Living series with Beth in Huacachina. We stayed at Beth's hostel and ate in her lovely vegetarian restaurant, and she tells us how she came to live, start a business and have two children there.
How was your September?