Apr 15, 2014 Tuesday
l'Espace de Quartier Secheron (1er floor / étage)
Avenue Blanc 7, 1er floor / étage (call 078 721 94 19)
1202 Geneve CH

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” (Cesare Pavese) Does the thought of stepping off a plane on a different continent, with everything you need strapped to your back, make your heart beat a little faster? If so, this class is for you. Office daydreamers and experienced world wanderers welcomed! We will discuss the logistics of executing the backpacking adventure of your dreams, with a focus on Central and South America. Depending on the interests of the group, we will cover topics such as: deciding where to go, when to go, and what to do there (Volunteer? Travel? Work? Study?); what to bring and how to pack for trips ranging from a few weeks to a few years; using local transportation and getting around; where to rest your head and how to fill your belly (tips for vegetarians!); traveling safely, smartly and within your budget; how to spend money wisely (and not be taken advantage of) and how to avoid scams; preparing for and cope with feelings of homesickness, loneliness and culture shock; personal highlights of travels in Central and South America; and how to balance wanderlust with pressures from home.

Bring one of the following:
ant farm
bike tires and/or tubes (size 26 x 1.95)
coffee date to tell me about backpacking in Africa
houseplants or potted herbs
pizza stone
printed photos or postcards from one of your favourite trips
something you made

About the teacher, Nicole Bergen

I lived out of a backpack (more or less) for four years while exploring the world, including two wonderful years in Central and South America, spent mostly Brazil, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and Peru. Traveling and being in different environments is how I ground myself and put the world in perspective... though I have never counted the stamps in my passport. Sharing travel stories and photos makes me happy.