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Protests, Earthquakes, and Coffee with Legs


Internet has been few and far between lately so it's been tough getting a blog out.  I have some catching up to do.  Here's our update from Santiago, Chile a couple weeks ago: I have to admit I had my mind made up about Santiago before we even arrived.  I have seen plenty of cities in South America and figured Santiago would just be another one.  We loved Buenos Aires and Rio, but sometimes...

Bariloche & Back for Boca’s!


If Bryan misses out on any opportunity (especially if it's something fun & unique), I will hear about it for the REST OF MY LIFE.  So when we were unable to catch a Boca Juniors football (soccer) game in Buenos Aires last month, I knew we'd be back to the city in the next 10 years or so for a game.  I just didn't expect we'd be back in less than a month! Beautiful Bariloche I love Barilo...

Trekking Patagonia: Wild Winds, Gigantic Glaciers, and Troublesome Turds


  There are 80 to 90 mile per hour winds in the forecast.  No, it's not a hurricane coming.  It's just another typical day in Patagonia!  The locals don't even seem to notice it, but us tourists sure do.  Bryan and I have been through two hurricanes in the last several years in Southeastern Virginia, but I don't recall winds like these.  Or maybe it's the 30 degree temperature combine...

Earth’s Final Frontier: Incredible Antarctica


Note:  This post may take a little while to load with all of the photos, but trust us, it will be worth it!!!!! When I used to envision Antarctica, I'd picture the bleakest, coldest, dreariest place.  After 11-days cruising through the continent, Antarctica is now the most beautiful place I've ever seen.  Although it is freezing cold, Antarctica is anything but bleak and dreary.  Its coasts...

Up All Night in Buenos Aires


Yes, this blog is a little lengthy, but we've been pretty busy the last week and a half... Beautiful Buenos Aires Bryan and I were extremely fortunate to have two personal tour guides in Buenos Aires - Manuel and Julie.  Manuel is a friend's cousin and he graciously offered to show us around the city and insisted we stay at his apartment.   Buenos Aires looks more like a European city than...

3 Countries & 2 World Wonders in 2 Days


The other day we woke up in Brazil, spent the day in Argentina, and went to bed in Paraguay.  Just your typical day.  So three countries in one day is our record so far.  The day before that we managed to squeeze two World Wonders into the same day. Iguazu Falls I can definitely see why these falls are described as the world's most amazing and a World Wonder.  They are just spectacular - a...

Brazil’s Most Beautiful Beach & Craggiest Streets


The other day I was on the verge of a "I need to stay in a Marriot" / "I don't know if I can handle this for two years" breakdown.  Luckily, my attitude drastically improved thanks to some awesome recommendations from our friends Johaan and Kayce!  A stunning beach, a welcoming hostel with delicious food, and feeding some cute little monkeys was exactly what I needed to feel like myself again. ...

High-Intensity Rio


On a scale from 1 to 10, Rio de Janeiro's intensity is an 11.  And that's not even during Carnaval time!  We had originally planned to do Carnaval in Rio but opted against it for a few reasons.  We want to make it down to Patagonia in March (before it gets too cold) and the Rio hostels more than quadruple their prices and have minimum 6 night stays during Carnaval.  We also wanted to experienc...

Cascades, Canyons, & Camping in Caves


Written by Kristin on 1/17/12: The last four nights we have slept in a tent, in a cave, on a bus, and on a plane.  Tonight we finally get to sleep in a real bed now that we are in Rio de Janeiro.  I'm serious about my sleep so the last few nights have been a challenge for me.  I think Bryan must have planned things out like that so I appreciate hostel beds.  Unfortunately, I'm a little leer...

Tuesdays, Turtles, & Tranny Tantrums

There is nowhere in the world quite like the Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador.  This city rocks!  Salvador's resident population is largely made of descendants of African slaves.  The residents have managed to preserve the slave traditions better than anywhere in the world - including music, dance, food, and art.  Even the historic center neighborhood (Pelourinho) is named after the whipping po...

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