We are Sara and Saulo and we are a couple of backpackers from Brazil. We are both eager to discover new cultures and traditions so we set out to explore South America by hitchhiking. It was and still continues to be a wonderful experience. We met many new people, experimented new foods and visited numerous places. We were wowed by some people’s unheard of kindness and did our best to help those who had less than us. This adventure has had its downs as well, but these have been greatly outweighed by things that make us happy.
It doesn’t matter if there are some evenings when we can’t get a full meal to eat and have to satisfy our hunger with granola bars and wild fruits. What matters is that we are discovering new places every day and have each other and our darling kitten. The kitten, which we’ve named Fuminha, was a very unexpected addition to our ‘travel family’, but she was, by far, one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
The truck driver we were with that day made a short stop at a weighing station and we went to look around. We saw a farm entrance where there was an elderly woman selling mountain honey. We decided to buy a small container as a little souvenir. As we were about to leave, she offered us one of the tiny kittens that was running around nearby. I accepted without thinking twice.
It only later occurred to me that we were traveling, 1000s of kilometers from home and on a tight budget. However, I didn’t let any of this ruin my happiness. I have always dreamed of having my own kitten and now the dream had come true! This grayish ball of fluff was even of the exact colour combination that I was wanting. There was no way that I was going to let her go.
The first few weeks were alright, although harder. Being a curious little cat, Fuminha was always eager to explore and didn’t want to stay in my lap while waiting for a ride. It also seemed that she only understood Argentinian Spanish at times. But that wasn’t much of a problem. Fuminha soon got used to us and to the traveling lifestyle in general.
What we didn’t consider, however, were the costs involved in having a cat. We gave her meat and dairy product leftovers for the first bit, but after a while she began throwing up. We went to see a local vet and he told us that we need to buy cat food for her and only give a little at a time. Ok, that was a cost we really didn’t expect. We are doing all we can for our cute little family member, but money is running out. And we are still far from home. We still have a few places on our bucket list for this trip, but even if we head straight home, it will still take a while.
If you would like to help us with a donation of any amount, we would greatly appreciate it. Fuminha will receive a healthy amount of kitten food each day and we may be able to eat hot meals more than just once in a few days. Many places in South America are very poor, so if we receive more than we need, we will be sure to help someone in need. We come across homeless and struggling people on a daily basis and it breaks our heart to only be able to support them with words since we barely have enough money for ourselves.
Thank you for reading and we will greatly appreciate anything that you would be willing to donate to us. We will do our part by helping others in need when we are in a better situation.
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