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We Must Be Dreaming - Grocery Shopping Ecstasy

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | Views [2328]

Living on the road from town to town, hostel to hostel, bus to bus, we never have truly have access to a big grocery store.   Especially in Latin America, we've tended to shop for groceries at local mom & pop tiendas, as large supermarket type grocery ... Read more >

The Chic and Hip in Recoleta

ARGENTINA | Monday, 21 Jan 2008 | Views [1721]

The wealthy upper class in Buenos Aires resides in Recoleta, both living and deceased. This Barrio is noted for it's beautiful old mansions, French architecture and leafy green parks. We're told that it costs an enormous amount to live in this area, ... Read more >

The Buenos Aires Experience

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 | Views [2006]

We are living like locals here in Buenos Aires, and comfortably fitting in.  Our friend Ana helped us score an apartment in a new complex just outside the city microcenter, near a main subway "Subte" line on Avenida Corrientes.  At first we ... Read more >

Electricity Shortages & Door to Door Lightbulbs

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 19 Jan 2008 | Views [1875]

We've had the pleasure of learning about politics, policy and the state of the Union from friends and other local residents that we meet here in Buenos Aires.  The jury's still out on Argentina's new female President, Christina Fernandez de Kirchmer, ... Read more >

Brazilian Visa Troubles: Reciprocity Sucks

ARGENTINA | Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | Views [4910]

We gave ourselves plenty of time in Buenos Aires to organize our Brazilian visas, which notoriously take a long time to process.  The Brazilian embassy in Argentina is only open from 10:00 am to 1:00 p.m. for application submission.  We arrived at 11:... Read more >

Female Cabbies Rule

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | Views [1793]

Argentina seems to be land of opportunity for women.... a female President, and female cabbies!  There are only three female cabbies who do the Buenos Aires Airport to Downtown City run, specially enlisted with the airport pool of registered vehicles.... Read more >

Labor Strikes and Customer Rage: Buenos Aires Airport

CHILE | Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | Views [2834]

Argentina is know for it's restless workforce. Striking employees line the streets with flags, drums and lots of chanting, hoping to bring attention to their cause and resolution of their issues. Most recently it's been the airport employees in Buenos ... Read more >

Los Pengüinos

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | Views [1770]

Ever since the third grade when I did my "animal report" on penguins, I've always had the dream to head to the icebergs and see penguins.  Not quite Antarctica, but close enough, Ushuaia does the trick.  We take a bus two hours to Harberton ... Read more >

Paradise Found: 18 Hours of Daylight and King Crab

ARGENTINA | Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | Views [2508]

While Ushuaia may be windy and cold, you can't beat having 18 hours of daylight.  We reflect on what it's like back at home now in San Diego - getting dark before 5:00 p.m.  I get energy from daylight, and it's funny home at home it's hard to keep my ... Read more >

Bus, Boat and Back to Argentina and the End of the World in 12 Hours

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | Views [1786]

We're getting pretty comfortable with the routine of crossing borders between Chile and Argentina.  Just as comfortable as we are now with 12+ hour bus rides.  Today's ride is only 12 hours and all during the daylight, so we get to see the terrain all ... Read more >

Another Day of No Show for the Torres

CHILE | Saturday, 12 Jan 2008 | Views [1677]

Up at the sound of our watch alarm, it's now 4:30 a.m., it's still windy, rainy and the Torres are again socked in.  We sadly go back to bed, upset that we'll not have a clear day to capture good photos and see this remarkable formation that adorns covers ... Read more >

Wind, Rain and Stinky Horse Poop

CHILE | Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | Views [2321]

Our trek today will be far easier than yesterday's.  Just seven hours total, what a luxury!  We even sleep in until 8:00 a.m. and awake to a magnificently sunny day.  Our $18 breakfast is very worth the money, oatmeal with almonds and raisins, scrambled ... Read more >

13 Hour day: Mr. Musculo Kicks Butt

CHILE | Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Views [2380]

We always have a good laugh at some of the TV commercials in Chile and Argentina. The one for liquid cleaning fluid in particular, cracks us up.  Like our Mr. Clean in the states, here they have "Mr. Musculo" (Mr. Muscle), a guy that cruises ... Read more >

Glacial Camping

CHILE | Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | Views [2134]

Here we stand, among the clouds, sun, sprinkles of rain and wind, gazing out from our tent at the most amazing blue glacial lake watching icebergs float by.  The ground is freezing cold, our rented mats the thickness of a cheap yoga mat, and our sleeping ... Read more >

Wilderness Backpacking 101

CHILE | Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | Views [2180]

We attended an information session with Erratic Rock owner Rustyn, and over a "real" cup of java we learned all the essentials needed to make our trek successful. The tips he shared with us were so good, we thought we'd share them with others, ... Read more >

Back to Chile: Puerto Natales the Windy City

CHILE | Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | Views [2075]

It's smooth sailing for our 7 hour bus ride to Puerto Natales today, and thankfully gaining an extra hour on Chilean time, just in time to snag the last "double" room at Erratic Rock II, a small franchise of hostels (there's actually 4) the ... Read more >

Trekking on BIG ICE

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | Views [2874]

El Calafate is the entry point in Argentina for Parque Nacional Los Glaciars, and the massive advancing Glaciar Perito Moreno.  Of course, we wouldn't be satisfied just standing here looking at it ... we need to get out on beast and feel it under our ... Read more >

Breakfast of Champions in Argentina

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 5 Jan 2008 | Views [1981]

Most hostels here in Argentina promote "breakfast" as a feature to your stay with them, included with the room rate.  We always look forward to breakfast, it's one of our important meals of the day, especially if it's included with the room ... Read more >

People We Meet on the Road

BRAZIL | Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | Views [1951]

Over the past year we've met a ton of people and made some really cool friends along the way.  Most people we meet are either from Europe, Israel or Australia.  From Europe we have met many travelers from Switzerland, Holland, France, Belgium, and a handful ... Read more >

Windswept El Calafate

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | Views [1944]

The town of El Calafate lies on the banks of icy blue glacial fed Lago Argentino. As we've headed south in Argentina, the conditions get more and ore windy, and the landscape more rugged and desolate. The simmering, brilliant blue/aqua marine rivers ... Read more >

Happy New Year, Happy Hangover: 34 Hour Bus to Patagonia

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | Views [2479]

In retrospect, we should have flown from Bariloche to El Calafate in Patagonia, however, finding an "open" airline office for LADE (the local Argentinean airline with the best fares and available schedules) wasn't going to happen between Christmas ... Read more >

New Years Eve Feast Argentine Style

ARGENTINA | Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | Views [1956]

Hard to believe it's nearly 2008, and almost a complete year that we've been on the road.  Even harder to believe we're in this very touristy town, and many restaurants closing early on New Years Eve - I guess there's that "US capitalistic mindset"... Read more >

Heaven Found For Choc-o-holics

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | Views [1651]

We've never seen such frenzied consumerism around chocolate. Here in Bariloche I think chocolate buying is considered a sport, or competition.  It could easily be a main export for Argentina.  Chocolate shops literally line the streets, and there are ... Read more >

Argentinean Town of Teens

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [1658]

Bariloche is a hot spot ski destination for Argentineans and Chileans, and an city to be seen in, strutting your stuff in the summer.  we figured it would be a happening spot to spend New Years Eve.  What we didn't realize is that it's an equally strong ... Read more >

Bus'in it to Bariloche

ARGENTINA | Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | Views [2179]

It's an uneventful four hour bus ride from San Martin to Bariloche today, and it was a beautiful ride through the countryside.  Se stopped off along the way in the tiny town of Villa la Angostura, an even more quaint lakeside town.  We've decided next ... Read more >

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