in Caracas right now, supposed to attend the World Social Forum, and i have met no backpackers thus far at all! iŽd be interested to know if anyone is travelling in northern South America right now and could use some company. please email xadx at riseup.net since i check that much more frequently. IŽm 25M, done one round'the-world trip through India, SE Asia, Australia-NZ, and the South Pacific, and just started an alleged 3 mo. sojourn through VenȘColombia. I speak enough Spanish to get by, but not enough to always make my point and understand what others are saying. Maybe we could help each other on that point. So, if you are out there, I would totally love to hit the road with someone and be able to laugh about the travails of travel with someone other than my journal and email!