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Some Statistics from Our Trip

JAMAICA | Tuesday, 17 March 2009 | Views [549] | Comments [2]

Horse riding in the Cochamo Valley, Chile

Horse riding in the Cochamo Valley, Chile

Days away from home:  80

Airplane rides:  12

Boat rides:  4

Bus rides:  3

Taxis, vans, shuttles:  Too many to count

Lost luggage:  0

Lost personal items:  One baseball cap left behind in a hotel room

Items stolen:  Only our shot records, supposedly required by the cruise ship line to pass northward through the Panama Canal.  After Melanie and Bethanie went through heroic gyrations to get new copies e-mailed to us, it turned out that they didn’t even ask for them when we embarked in Valparaiso, Chile.  (I’m sure the thief thought he’d do better when he unzipped the back of my backpack in Buenos Aires, and grabbed a promising-looking small manila envelope.)

Cruise ship ports:  Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Aruba, Panama,  Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile

Countries visited:  Peru, Argentina, Chile

Favorite country:  Chile

Best meal:  Anita-Chilean Sea Bass;  Vinnie-Liverwurst and cheese sandwich on baguette in Buenos Aires

Foods tried for the first time:  Kid goat, duck confit, guinea pig, dulce de leche, empanadas, surubia

Best beer:  Beagle Pale Ale, Ushuaia, Argentina

Best wine:  Malbec, Salta, Argentina

Most expensive meal:  about $150 for three people in the top-rated steakhouse in Buenos Aires

Photos taken:  1185

Sunburns: 2

Most startling sight:  Roiling brown and yellow clouds of pollution completely obscuring the ground while flying over southern Santiago, Chile

Other injuries:  Anita stressed toe from downhill hiking in Patagonia; Vinnie stressed back muscles helping to load firewood at refugio in upper Cochamo Valley, Chile

Nights in facilities without electricity:  8

Nights in facilities without heat:  6

Nights in sleeping bags:  3

Nights on board ships:  31

Nights on a bus:  1  (Nasca to Arequipa)

Nights on an airplane:  1  (Lima to Buenos Aires)

Miles trekked:  48

Miles kayaked:  12 (in a fjord against the tide)

Miles trekked on horseback:  23

Town we’d most like to move to in South America:  Puerto Varas, Chile

Comments

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1) V, in the pix you dwarf the poor horse who is trying to replenish energy from meager grass. You both look happy.
2) Looks like Chile took the prize all around.
3) Sad that the liverwurst and cheese was tops for some. I love such but most, mainly women, gag at same.
4) Emily loves the robusto Spanish type red wines...malbecs, etc.
5) How was the Argentinian steak? I understand they not only feed them different, they cut the meat different and it is delicious.
6) V, save your back for the peat bogs of Scotland!
7) Sad over Santiago.
What a fantastic adventure. You are travel studs!

  Stephen the Elder Mar 18, 2009 3:48 PM

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It does look more like a donkey than a horse, Dad. You guys look great; very happy and healthy!

  Bethanie Mar 20, 2009 11:47 AM

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