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yu-en-me ´a man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher, .. he who goes from country to country guided by blind impulses of curiosity is .. a vagabond.´ - oliver goldsmith

oh baby, oh baby

ECUADOR | Monday, 10 Aug 2009 | Views [2750] | Comments [2]

as most of you have accurately guessed, my recent silence is because i´ve had my hands full for the last couple of months. baby noah araya-cho was born on the 10th of june, and since then, i haven´t had more than 3 hours´ continuous sleep. (ok, i exaggerate, ... Read more >


Gallery: oh baby, oh baby

ECUADOR | Monday, 10 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery


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THE details

ECUADOR | Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | Views [481] | Comments [2]

written 5 weeks after giving birth, and still recovering from the experience: so i guess the question on most people´s lips will be ´how was the birth?´   well, let´s just say that more than a month has passed, and i´m still getting over it.... Read more >


the adventures of Mapuchino: the travelling fetus

ECUADOR | Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | Views [1684] | Comments [19]

so ok, it´s been quite a while since i last wrote, but i´m going to unashamedly use my ´state´ as the excuse: i´m pregnant! and now that i´ve ruined all chances of building up the suspense, i guess i´ll just jump straight to the FAQs: wtf! you´re not ... Read more >


Gallery: pregnant travels

ECUADOR | Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: san pedro de atacama

CHILE | Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery


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the jekyll-hyde syndrome of San Pedro de Atacama

CHILE | Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Views [1112] | Comments [1]

This entry will be more of interest to the people who have visited San Pedro de Atacama than anyone else, but i suspect that some of my observations would probably apply to a lot of touristy places. For those of you who don´t know the town (which, ... Read more >


Gallery: a period of firsts

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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a period of firsts

CHILE | Saturday, 12 Jul 2008 | Views [551] | Comments [2]

The 2 months since leaving Santiago have been even more filled than normal. Never have i touched so many of my personal limits in such a short amount of time, nor been through so many new experiences. As a result, even though i say this with (boring) ... Read more >


creature comforts and female fussing

CHILE | Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [605] | Comments [1]

this one is more for my girlfriends out there who´ll actually understand where i´m coming from, instead of rolling their eyes the way most of my guy friends would. i was meant to leave santiago today, but i´m still here, lounging on the sofa. La Ramona ... Read more >


Gallery: heading to santiago

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Photo Gallery


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crossing the andes, bridesmaiding a wedding, and disco-dancing the night away

CHILE | Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Views [755] | Comments [2]

pride is a funny thing. a few weeks ago, i didn´t really care that many people had cycled across the andes before me, nor that many of these many people had done it at much higher altitudes than the crossing i chose. i didn´t care that there was a guy ... Read more >


fear and loathing in los viajes

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | Views [774] | Comments [2]

i know i´m not the only one who thinks that there´s something deliciously fun about playing with fear, but most of the things that have scared me until now have been quite trivial. for example, jumping off the high tower in my primary school playground, volunteering ... Read more >

Tags: philosophy of travel


something new from someone old

URUGUAY | Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 | Views [484] | Comments [1]

there´s a scene in ´Owning Mahowny´, a more or less biopic movie released in 2003 about a gambling addict, which i´m constantly reminded of whenever i´m exceedingly happy. a psychologist is asking the title character about how he rates the thrill he ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Gallery: first times

URUGUAY | Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery


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'it's not you; it's me' (aka: the real reason why i'm leaving)

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [448] | Comments [1]

On all of the previous occasions that I’ve left Melbourne to go travelling, it was always the lure of unknown places that motivated me. Never (and this is worth repeating: NEVER) have I left as a way to ‘escape’ or because I wanted to get away from ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


Gallery: time off

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 22 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

visiting home
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homeward bound: Dorothy of Oz meets Avril of Angst

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | Views [525]

back in may, when i first started revealing to close friends that i was going back to melbourne in november, i was so chuffed by the reciprocated enthusiasm: 'i can't wait to see you! we have so much to catch up on!' but as the months rolled ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


on debate: ´that moral outrage has a place in the world´

PERU | Saturday, 25 Aug 2007 | Views [385]

i remember in year 8, when we were taught about female circumcision in some parts of africa, i started thinking for the first time about cultural differences, and where we should draw the line between ignorance and acceptance of respective social ... Read more >

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Gallery: lima

PERU | Saturday, 18 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery


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