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Chile: The Long and Skinny of it

Chile: The Long and Skinny of it

After spending a few days trekking through the Torres del Paine National Park, we flew back up to Santiago. Ready to say goodbye to the cool evenings of Patagonia and exchange them for the long warm days of arid Mendoza, we hopped on a east bound bus and waved goodbye to Chile for the last time. Our time in the odd shaped country had been filled with new experiences, new food, and new friends. Months later, … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #63 – Come fly the friendly skies

Photo of the Day #63 – Come fly the friendly skies

For the fourth time on our trip in South America, we swapped the usual long bus ride for a short hop on a plane. We had flirted with the idea of going further south, to places like Punta Arenas and even down to Ushuaia, Argentina. Exploring Tierra del Fuego and the ends of the earth sounded adventurous. But, realistically, time was getting short and the cost of heading north from the pointy tip of South … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #62 – Trekking in Patagonia

Photo of the Day #62 – Trekking in Patagonia

We really hadn’t done much planning ahead of time when we rolled into Puerto Natales, Chile early in the afternoon. We wanted to make arrangements to start hiking the W Trail in the nearby Torres del Paine National Park the following day. Some friends had recently done the trek, with little forward planning on their part as well, but with the summer high season starting to go into full swing, we were worried about arranging … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #61 – Patagonia Ice

Photo of the Day #61 – Patagonia Ice

It was with a little sadness that we said goodbye to our friends in Bariloche. Our time there had felt so relaxed… so much like being on holiday, rather than backpacking. Alas, the road came calling early in the morning, and we headed to the bus station once again. What we now faced would be the longest bus ride of our trip. Heading south along sections of the famous Ruta 40, we would spend the … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #60 – Giving Thanks

Photo of the Day #60 – Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a confusing holiday for Australians. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked about Turkey Day’s significance. The usual inquiry goes something like… “So… you just eat?” At best, I try to explain it as a lot like Easter… but with less going to church. So with Turkey Day fast approaching, Sarah and I found ourselves on a bus from Puerto Montt, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina. The 7 hour bus trip would … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #59 – Wooden boats and fishing nets

Photo of the Day #59 – Wooden boats and fishing nets

If you look at a map of Chile, the first thing you’ll notice is its odd shape. The country’s length (north to south) is over 4,300 kilometres  (2,700 miles), which is greater than both the width (east to west) and length (north to south) of Australia. Chile’s length is also more than 3/4 of the width (east to west) of the United States. But despite its length, Chile’s width averages a mere 175 kilometres … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #58 – Taking the plunge

Photo of the Day #58 – Taking the plunge

With the idea of going somewhere special to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary, Sarah and I jumped on the bus and headed to Valparaiso. Known for its rolling hills, colorful homes, and artistic haunts, this seaside city seemed like the perfect place to spoil ourselves silly in celebration. With a recommendation from our friend, Felipe, we booked a night at the Hotel Cirilo Armstrong in Cerro Alegre (Happy Hill) and made plans to enjoy a … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #57 – A home away from home

Photo of the Day #57 – A home away from home

In Europe, Sarah and I did a lot of Couchsurfing. And by a lot, I mean a lot. But on this trip, we’ve actually done very little. We have gone to a few Couchsufing meet-ups, language exchanges, and city tours… but other than a few times in the United States, we haven’t surfed at all on this trip. And It’s hard to pin down exactly why we haven’t. Perhaps it’s because South America is much more … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #56 – Of Pisco and other delights

Photo of the Day #56 – Of Pisco and other delights

Having recently crossed the border between Bolivia and Chile, we found ourselves in the the small town of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Famous for being the driest place on the earth, San Pedro lies within the Atacama Desert. Here, some weather stations have never actually recorded rainfall. We considered making a trip out to the desert to visit a few of the natural wonders while in San Pedro, but having just spent the past few … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #55 – Sticker Shock

Photo of the Day #55 – Sticker Shock

Shortly after arriving in San Pedro de Atacama, one thing became painfully clear. We were no longer in the bargain aisle of South America. Pictured above is the first meal I ate in Chile, a modest pork loin with rice and salad at a non-descript restaurant far from San Pedro’s central square. The meal cost me $5USD, and was quite a bargain compared to the prices shown on outdoor sandwich boards at other restaurants.  But in … Read entire article »

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