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Trekking the Torres del Paine… (subtitle: The Goldilocks Trek)

I’m not gonna lie: my last few treks have been hard. I’m not just talking about the physical part either, which was challenging enough on its own, but within my range of ability. What made the last two treks difficult was everything else that goes with any outdoor activity—the stuff that you can plan for, … Continue reading

Vitis vinifera…

Life in Chile has been chugging along at a leisurely pace, with me working during the week and thoroughly enjoying my weekends. Recently, I had a welcome bit of excitement in an otherwise mundane work week when I discovered my boss was in town. He knew I was working abroad, but didn’t know where, and … Continue reading

Of hiccups and new routines…

As I’ve often said, travel—with all of its new discoveries and exciting adventures—is also a challenge. While we were in Valparaiso about to go on a day trip to explore Casablanca Valley wines, I discovered that I left my ATM card in San Esteban at the last ATM we used. I was distracted while using … Continue reading

Feeling the Dieciocho vibe…

After all the activity of the ski portion of our trip, I was ready to relax a bit, and Valparaiso is perfectly suited for slowing down and taking things in. Valparaiso, a port city, is considered the “cultural capitol” of Chile for good reason. It’s made up of a flat part along the port, then … Continue reading

Spring skiing, Chilean style…

I’ve learned that Chileans love a good switchback. As I already mentioned, the first part of this trip is all about skiing. We researched the Chilean ski season, their resorts, etc. and everything indicated that they’d be open and we’d have snow. However, the beautiful weather and (mostly) dry mountains left us skeptical. Nevertheless, on … Continue reading

Buenos dias from Chile…

This has been a challenging year on several personal levels. Without diving too deeply into it, let’s just say that I wouldn’t be here right now, writing this blog entry, if the planets had not aligned to make this moment possible. Just when I thought I’d be unable to travel this year, good news started … Continue reading

Trekking the Cordillera Real (subtitle: “Cold Mountain”)

I hate camping. There, I said it, and now everyone knows the ugly truth. Just because I love the outdoors—just because I love hiking, trekking, and outdoor sports—it does not follow that I must also love camping. I’m not sure where this assumption comes from, but apparently it’s from those “true” outdoor gods and goddesses … Continue reading

The mountains are calling…

Up until now, I’ve used my weekends to play tourist, eagerly leaving the big, cacophonous city to encounter something quieter and more laid back. “Cacophony” in a large South American city is not like what you’d hear in a similarly sized city back home. Here, it’s the multilayered din of grid-locked cars honking because they … Continue reading

The Salar de Uyuni

To take full advantage of my recent three-day weekend, I took a double-decker overnight bus to Uyuni, which is in the southwest corner of Bolivia. Uyuni itself is a small, sleepy sort of town, most known for being the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni (“salar” meaning “salt flat”), which is the world’s largest salt … Continue reading

An ill-fated flight(s) to La Paz

  A few days ago, a colleague asked if I was nervous about my upcoming trip—the trip that I am on this very moment. Normally, I brush off these questions (What, me? Nervous?), but this time I took a moment to check in with myself and realized that I felt remarkably…unremarkable. Many years ago, when … Continue reading

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