Little profile update is long overdue...so here it is....
You exist only through what you have done, not what you have wished or dreamed...
Some dream their life...I live my dreams...
Life is about experience,sharing and love...
It's just over five years of blogging...but trust me, I didn't start travelling with this blog...that's more like a 20 years old story....
Simple rule, don't pretend, because you get what you work for!
We had the chance to meet many fellow travelblogers over the last 5 years, and hope to meet a lot more of you in the near future, as this is a great community.
The past 5 years have been pretty amazing. I understand that not everybody needs to accept, understand or share our views on life. But this is the way we love to lead our life.
Yesterday was good, today is great...tomorrow will be better, just maybe a little different!
I promise, on the road....we love to be...the 250++ blog entries speak for themselves...and yes, I've got great kids!
May 5th 2013
Not the last blog about Argentina...but I guess the last blog published outside of Buenos Aires....end of June is coming pretty fast. After 18 hours on the bus, we made it to Mendoza from Salta. I knew there was not a lot to see in the city. The fun here is just outside town. Regardless, Mendoza is a very peaceful city...full of gorgeous restaurants, I would certainly not mind moving here for an exstanded period of time...you've got the wine, the food, nice people...and some serious fun to have around...ski, golf, rafting, horseriding, tec, you name it, it's here! just forget about the architecture! Mendoza is named, the "Capital of Wine of Argentina"...well, when it comes to wine, I have to admit, I prefer the sleepy Cafayate...Mendoza area has too many wineries...too many tourists...well...I came too ... read more
April 30th 2013
This is our second entry around Salta, but this time we are venturing north for a loop of 500km following first the tracks of the "Train in the clouds", followed by the Grande Salinas, finishing by the amazing scenery of Purmacarca before heading back to Salta. But first, while exploring the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, we stay a total of two nights in Salta. The city is pretty compact, there are two nice churches...on nice little museum with a child mummy sacrified by the incas...an actually pretty interesting exhibits, even for Leslie and Tiffany...and that's nearly it for Salta. We also found a great restaurant next door from the Sheraton for some serious milanesas and steak... The area around Salta is basically boring, you need to hit at least 100km out of town to start ... read more
April 29th 2013
Sad to say...we have less than 2 months left in Buenos Aires....so here is our last trip in the north-west provinces....but what a trip! We'll have to agree that I book my trips months ahead...playing with the school calendar as soon as I can put my hands on one...summer 2017 anybody? Well, this is Argentina...last year the school was off for the all week of 1st of May. This year, I fly in on Tuesday morning for my little crazy two weeks round-the-world. I show up at school the same Tuesday afternoon...to find out, this year they only have 1st of May, a Wednesday off....flights are paid, hotels are sorted out, long distance tickets are in hands....we are going...the school will be off for four more days for Tiffany and Leslie. And all this, with the ... read more
April 22nd 2013
I'm writting this on my last leg of a crazy little trip...in JFK, ready to head home...ASAP! Do you consider yourself travelling when you take a metro ride to go for a lunch or dinner with friends that you haven't seen for a while. Well, I don't...so this is maybe not about travelling...expect that prior and after the metro ride, I had to add a few plane rides the last two weeks. Travelling is not only about places....it's not only about discovery new sites...it can simply be about seeing your good friends...about people.... Well, and how do you do when they are all around...the world... This is my fifth round-the-world, and for sure the most crazy one, done in less than 15 days. Trust me, that's not the fun part about it. But being a single ... read more
April 1st 2013
If there is one crazy week-end to travel in Argentina, it is Semana Santa. On top of that, the next Tuesday is a public holidays...in honour of losing the Malvinas War 30 years ago...and to make things easier, the government, has given Monday off too. For info, Argentina is running high the last three years as the country with the highest number of public holidays...a lot of them just given out by the current government...don't try to ask to speak of effiency here! This means people are off from Wednesday evening to Tuesday evening....that's even better than Chinese New Year...so they are all heading out...well, when they can afford it. To start well....Buenos Aires was a full traffic jam and I knew we would never reached our bus on time...so instead of ruining the all week-end, ... read more
March 24th 2013
Another week-end, and another venture out of Buenos Aires. I've jsut calculated it, we should have visited 15 at least of the 23 provinces of Argentina this year...not bad, and for sure more than most people leaving in Buenos Aires. So this week-end, we head for the dry Cordoba...except that when we arrived at 7am on the Saturday morning, it is raining in Cordoba...and that's not normal. The good news, by lunch time, the rain had disappeared. Cordoba is an interesting city, but nothing really amazing beside the Manazana Jesuitica. We arrived by 7am, and on the Sunday lunch time it was already back to head home on the 10 hours ride. What i love about Argentina is their huge collection of small...and pretty good museums. These cost may be max 2usd per adult, free for ... read more
March 18th 2013
Moving to a new country for a year....and still be on the road the last four months, I know some will not understand me. Leslie and Tiffany have no started a new schoold year, nearly a month ago, and everything is going pretty well. Leslie is improving seriously fast with his castellano, Tiffany, it's something else. And as we have been here for long enough, everybody feel only normal to speak to me only in castellano...don't they say the best is to practise as much as you can? I loved the comments of the Mums at school the first time they saw me after the summer holidays. The question being...so, are you really leaving end of June...or are you staying? Well....somewhere deep inside me, I wouldn't mind to stay..but there is a lot, and enough to ... read more
March 6th 2013
We were in Cusco on a Monday morning...and ready to re-settle in our flat on Monday night. Than Tuesday morning, I left for 2 weeks to Africa...via Sao Paolo and Johannesburg...direction Kinshasa. Everything should have gone smoothly, but it simply didn't. Congo, aka DRC is seemed to be ranked 192nd for "ease of doing business" by the UN...out of 192 countries....yes, doing business or simply travelling here is actually more complicated than trying to reach places like Afghanistan or Iraq....even if most of Congo is actually way safer. There is no Embassy of DRC anywhere close to where I live...so forget about applying directly for a visa. The solution is actually pretty simple...you've got the right paperwork and "they" apply for you for a "visa on arrival", valid 7 days once you enter the country...visa that ... read more
February 18th 2013
I have to admit, this is the last entry of our southern hemisphere summer school holidays. For those who follow us....be happy, the emails will not come anymore on a regular basis over the next few months....but trust me, the trips are not over, and yes, we still have a lot of adventures planned ahead of us for the coming months. First act was July to December 2012 in Buenos Aires. Second act was that crazy adventure from December till mid-February around South and North America. Tiffany and Leslie have been back for nearly a week in Buenos Aires, and for them today is the first day of a new school year. On my side, I have finally reached Congo...this time was even more "interesting" than any time before...and quite on the challenging side... So to ... read more
February 16th 2013
Short flight from Lima and here we are in Cusco. This is only my third visit here, first one in 2002, second one in 2006. The past two times it was Cusco and Matchu Pichu for me, but this time it would be way more. My only real issue was to find out how Tiffany and Leslie would react to an altitude of 3400 meters. Altitude sickness is not something to take lightly in Cusco. At the same time, Tiffany and Leslie have both skied well above the 3000 meters mark without any issues. My last two visits in Cusco, we never splurged on accommodation…and I wasn’t going to splurge on the Monestario this time either. I found a nice deal at the Novotel…reading the reviews I was expecting a small room and average stay…how wrong ... read more