Archive for April, 2008

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

For the Love of the Game

If you’re a fan of the major American sports (baseball, basketball, American football and hockey), traveling overseas will wake you up to a hard reality – with very few exceptions, our sports are irrelevant in the rest of the world.  No one cares.  Outside the Super Bowl, the World Series and perhaps the NBA playoffs, […]

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Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Home Sweet Buenos Aires

Just under two weeks ago, we arrived in Buenos Aires and, rather than checking into yet another hotel, we headed home.   We’d heard that apartment rentals are really common among visitors who come to this amazing city for more than a couple of days, and so, a few weeks ago, we started browsing some of this […]

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Ice, Ice Baby

After a 6 hour bus ride in the snow across the border with Chile, we arrived in El Calafate, Argentina.  Until a few years ago, El Calafate had a population of less than 5,000 but has undergone a massive boom due to tourism, dramatically increasing the town’s population.  The primary, and perhaps sole, reason for […]

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Sunday, April 20th, 2008

The Great[est] Outdoors

These days, when we meet new people and tell them how long we’ve been traveling, their first question is usually something along the lines of “What’s your favorite place been so far?” That’s an impossible question for us to answer; we’ve seen so many incredible places that we can’t pick just one.  Even speaking in […]

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Monday, April 14th, 2008

Our Ship Has Come In

The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego (“Land of Fire” in Spanish), so named by Ferdinand Magellan when he spotted fires on the shore1 as he sailed through the area in the early 16th century, is located in the southernmost point of Patagonia.2 The area is rich in history.  After Christopher Columbus and other explorers had […]

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The End of the World

Before we arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina, I knew only that it was the southernmost city on earth–literally, the end of the world–and that Argentine prisoners had once been sent there to maintain Argentina’s hold on the land (presumably because no one else was willing to go).  The place didn’t sound particularly promising… But the town […]

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Friday, April 4th, 2008

Derek and Shanna vs. the Volcano

The Villarrica Volcano, the most active volcano in Chile, was known to the Mapuche Indians who inhabited the surrounding area as Rucapillán, or the Devil’s Lair.  As you’ll see below, this description was right on point. A couple of days before we arrived in Pucón (a small town in the lake district of Chile), I […]

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Pucón: Entrance to the Mountains

In the middle of Chile’s lake district, at the foot of the ever-smoldering Villarrica Volcano, lies Pucón, a little town whose primary purpose seems to be to cater to the every whim of the backpackers and other adventurous types who flock there.  They arrive in droves every summer and fall1 to sample some of the […]

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