|Hostel kitten named "Pisco" living at our hostel in Huanchaco, Peru|
|Resident kitten at the Dive Little Corn scuba shop in Nicaragua|
|Worn out by the constant attention of all the kids at Luz Del Mundo in Santa Cruz, Bolivia|
|Kitty who may or may not have a nun for a mum, in Cali, Colombia|
I am a cat lover, which is wonderful when I'm at home with my parents cats and can snuggle them to my heart's content. But, as a traveller who lives abroad, it's not easy to have a pet. I have lived for the past 6 years without a cat, and sometimes I really miss having a purring ball of fuzz in my arms.
Lucky for me, South America is full of kittens and cats.
And, unlike street cats in Korea, they are friendly and approach strangers easily.
I've made lots of friends on this trip, and shared a lot of laughs with people I know I'll be seeing again. On this same path, I've met a lot of animals: cats, dogs, horses, sheep, cows, pelicans, iguanas, sharks, sea and giant turtles, and penguins, among others.
Meeting animals on travels can help to bring you into the moment and keep you there, as you interact with an animal for a few moments. In those moments, it doesn't matter where you're from, they won't ask. You transcend your nationality and your budget and all the plans you have, and simply connect with an animal as you always have when at home or in other places.
A purring cat in your lap is beautiful and magical, be it in a beach town hostel in Peru or in your own bed.
What are your experiences with meeting animals on the road?
*This post is dedicated to my parents' cat named Beary, who passed away at the age of 18 while I was travelling this fall. I heard from my mom that he was purring right up until his last breath, so I hope he is resting in peace.*