Crazy Sh!t We Didn’t Tell You About

Crazy Sh!t We Didn’t Tell You About

You know about the gorillas. You know about how we fell in the giant gutter. You know that a girl we were trekking with almost died on the Perito Moreno glacier. You may even have caught the bit about how I ended up bloody after I got tripped by a puppy in Negril when we […]

Easter Island Is Cursed!

Easter Island Is Cursed!

Traveling to distant countries can occasionally lead to a few minor injuries: a toe stubbed on a rock, a sprained ankle, or a bit of food poisoning. Easter Island, however, smacked us around like rag dolls. On our second day, I agreed to go horseback riding with Robin, and the outing turned into a 4-hour […]

Big Stone Heads

Big Stone Heads

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Chile, Easter Island, General Travel, Running | 6 Comments

Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui) is a place so remote and so small, I never thought I would see it in person. Happily, I stand corrected. A mere 5-hour flight from Santiago, and a whopping 64 square miles in size, Rapa Nui is obviously best known for the big heads, called moai, that […]

Into a Desert of Flamingos and Galaxies

Into a Desert of Flamingos and Galaxies

Posted by on Apr 30, 2011 in Chile, General Travel | 2 Comments

To say that Chile is a land of volcanoes is really an understatement. Based on what our tour guides have told us, there are at least 450 volcanoes scattered about, and over 150 of those are considered active. They provide a great dramatic backdrop for photos, and as Robin and I headed out to the […]

Why Chile

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Chile, General Travel | 7 Comments

When I told people that Chile would be one of our first stops on our RTW trip, I often got asked “why Chile?” Chile has been at the top of my travel list for so long, that I actually had to think about it for a while. I finally have an explanation (or several). First, […]

Lakes, Bikes, and Finally Some Good Food

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Argentina, Chile, General Travel | 4 Comments

We said goodbye to Southern Patagonia on Friday, April 15, and boarded a plane to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina’s Lake District. If there’s anything that I hoped we’d find there, it was good food and reasonable prices. El Calafate is clearly a tourist trap, and chock full of expensive eateries offering sub-par fare […]

Aggravation and Awe in Torres del Paine

Aggravation and Awe in Torres del Paine

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Chile, General Travel | 4 Comments

Our first foray into Chile got off to a bumpy start. I crossed out one thing on my customs declaration and a surly border agent made me fill out the entire thing again. It was freezing cold and raining. And our bus hit a bunny on the road. Then we got to Torres del Paine. […]