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Day 1 through 7.....on the Eurodam

Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | Views [525] | Comments [2]

Aboard the Eurodam:   Day 2 and some of 3 We actually woke up at a decent hour this morning…an announcement came over the loud speaker calling “Bright Star, Lido deck”.   Since that is the place we all gather to eat it could only mean trouble for ... Read more >


Days 49+50: Glaciers and Penguins

Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [337]

The second two days of our boat trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Punta Arenas, Chile, were even more exciting.  First, we bundled up with every stitch of cold weather and wet weather gear that we had, piled into the Zodiac dinghies, and met our first ... Read more >


Day 47+48: Ushuaia and Cape Horn

Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | Views [1027] | Comments [3]

On Feb. 24, we flew from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in Argentina.  Tourism is the sole purpose for Ushuaia's existence.  There is some local skiing in the nearby mountains, but the town's main business seems to be as a jumping off ... Read more >


Day 45 - Buenos Aires

Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | Views [457]

Back in Buenos Aires for a couple of nights, before we head down to the southernmost tip of the continent and work our way back up the west coast through Chile. We are staying in a nice little hotel in the old original part of the city, near the Plaza ... Read more >


Iguazu Falls and Yacutinga Lodge

Monday, 16 Feb 2009 | Views [576] | Comments [2]

Argentina: Iguazu Falls and Yacutinga Lodge      We flew into Iguazu about 3 days ago.   It is a great little airport, a nice short drive to the hotel and a nice walk around the area.   Later that afternoon we went on a boat tour of the river ... Read more >


Day 33: Buenos Aires

Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | Views [400] | Comments [2]

Long day.  Started last night with a connecting flight from Arequipa, Peru, to Lima, then the redeye to Buenos Aires.  Even though the flight was only 4.5 hours elapsed time, we still managed to travel three time zones east, so we are now through hours ... Read more >


Heading towards Argentina - Feb 10th

Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | Views [315] | Comments [1]

We have decided to leave Arequipa two weeks early and head for Argentina.  Hopefully, we will get on the red eye tonight and fly to Lima and then catch a connections to Buenas Aires. 


QUIZ TIME:

Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | Views [409] | Comments [7]

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So what happened to Spanish school?

Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | Views [336]

Aaghh!  School stinks!  "To be" (estar, irregular verb), "to be" (ser, irregular verb), or "to be" (hay, irregular verb).  For some reason, they thought these were most important things to teach first!  Aaaagghhhh! When ... Read more >


Arequipa

Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | Views [415] | Comments [1]

Arequipa is a beautiful city.   It's surrounded by snow capped mountains.  We are very pleased that this is the one we chose to spend a few weeks trying to learn Spanish in.   Our hotel is sufficient, close to the main square and restaurants.   ... Read more >


Day 24 Nasca

Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [452] | Comments [3]

We had a late sleep-in after the mosquito massacre of last night.   A late breakfast then off to fly the Nasca lines.   The airplane was a 6 seat prop.   We were joined by three French men that had probably never showered.   The captain kept the ... Read more >


Pisco and Paracas then another bus ride!

Sunday, 1 Feb 2009 | Views [355]

We were scheduled to be picked up at our hotel at 7:15 am for our first leg of the area.   The van arrived, we squeezed into it, and headed off for Paracas to take a boat out to the islands.   They call the islands “Peru’s little Galapagos”.     ... Read more >


Leaving Lima

Saturday, 31 Jan 2009 | Views [276]

Leaving Lima was not as easy as it should have been.   We ended up leaving the hotel at 11:30, the transport arrived one hour earlier than expected.   We were literally dumped at the busy bus terminal and told to wait.   Well…we waited, and waited…after ... Read more >


Day 21...Trujillo to Lima

Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Views [338]

We are back in or hotel in Lima.  It is nice to be home.  Had a wonderful time this morning at El Brujo.  It is a fantastic site, out of the way and just sends home how the Moche people were really important to history.  The famous Mummy "The Lady ... Read more >


Day 20: Temples of the Sun and Moon, Trujillo, Peru

Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [659] | Comments [1]

Today we saw another major adobe temple site, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Trujillo, Peru.  The Temple of the Sun has not yet had any restoration work begun, but it looks like a hill unto itself.  It was the largest mud brick structure in the Americas, ... Read more >


Day 19: Chan Chan, Peru

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | Views [434]

Today we saw an enormous complex of adobe buildings, which made up the capital city of the Chimu culture (just prior to the Incas), with an estimated 80,000 inhabitants.  The main buildings of the city were the temples, which were the homes of the royal ... Read more >


Day 18: Trujillo, Peru

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | Views [295]

Today was a very short touring day.   We went to see the Sapin artifacts at the museum.   It was a great stop, not to be missed.   The pieces were fantastic.   It is difficult to imagine the workmanship that went into each piece.   Jose, our guide ... Read more >


Chiclayo, Peru

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | Views [374] | Comments [2]

7:00 am 1/26/2009: The flight into Chiclayo was smooth and non eventful.   As we approached the valley the mountains receded into the background and fields of glistening green stood out.   You could see that the fields were wet, as we got closer ... Read more >


Lima, Peru finally....

Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [273]

Arrived in Lima on Friday but we were too sick to do too much.  Day one: took a trip to the much famed Museum of Archeology and Anthropoly only to find out that our cab driver had dropped us at the wrong one...instead we got to view erotic art of the ... Read more >


Panama Canal

Sunday, 18 Jan 2009 | Views [353] | Comments [2]

Today we went through the Panama Canal.   We arrived at the front of a short line of Ships around 5:30 am and were through the first three locks by around 9 am.   Traveled down river for several hours then hit the last of the locks about 3:30 pm. ... Read more >


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