Jasmine and Justin

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Jasmine and Justin

Traveling our 6th continent before the wedding. Very exciting!!



South America » Peru » Lima » Lima » Lima July 16th 2009

Ok, so we intended to write our final blog in Lima, but just did not get around to it. So, we are writing it from home. So our last days in Lima were a bit of a tired blur. Very large and crowded city, but we were staying in a nice little hostel in a suburb near the beach, with a friendly greeting dog. Day one was spent relaxing and repacking (which is when Justin found out his phone was stolen, as well as his camera. Both were taken from his checked bags in La Paz. Once home he found out that 5 calls had been made in Bolivia - yeah!) We watched a few movies and ordered a pizza from Papa John's, what a treat. Day two we went to Miraflores, another suburb of Lima ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz July 11th 2009

After our amazing journey through the Lares Valley, to Machu Picchu, we made our way to La Paz, Bolivia. The first day Justin was not feeling well so we spent the entire day at our hostel, relaxing and trying to feel better. The next day we took a bus to Lake Titicaca, which is about 3 and a half hours from La Paz. We were a bit confused as we had to get off the bus and then take a little boat across the lake as our bus was put on a ferry and sent on its way. As it turns out the road to Copacabana does not extend all the way from La Paz, hence the boat ride. We stayed in an amazing little hotel that overlooks the lake. We felt like we could breathe ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Lares Trek July 6th 2009

Since our last blog we have been experiencing Peru, which has been very incredible. We flew into Cusco, via Lima (which was a very scenic flight along the Andes) and were greeted for the first time by a ride from the airport. We felt a bit like rock stars, at least until we had to help push our broken down transportation. We had to pay and have a briefing for our trek into Machu Picchu as soon as we got in. We struggled a bit with the combination of lack of sleep, dehyradation and the altitude. We both felt a bit out of it the first day. The second day was a chance for us to get acclimated to the altitude and purchase a few things for the trek. We also walked around Cusco, which is ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires June 29th 2009

Well, we are back in Buenos Aires again for our final night and are heading to Peru tomorrow. We have been in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina the last couple of days visiting Iguazu Falls. We arrived on Saturday and checked out the small town there. It is incredibly different from BA, lots of trees, no pollution, and a slower pace of life. Yesterday we spent most of the day visiting the falls and walking around the different trails there taking tons of pictures. It was a lot of fun. The falls are absolutely amazing!! Then in the afternoon we attempted to get a cab driver to take us to the falls on the Brazilian side without visas, but it was going to be too expensive. After hearing today that it is "prettier" on that side, we rethought ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 26th 2009

Justin turned 32 in Buenos Aires, and we had a nice day and met some nice people. Jasmine may have celebrated a bit too much, so we ended up missing out on a birthday dinner. On June 24th we went to the Malba Museum of modern art, which was cool. We then went to the Puerto Madero area to wait for our boat ride to Colonia, Uruguay. While waiting we were able to watch the US´s epic upset of the #1 ranked team in the world, Spain, at the only place showing the game, Hooters. After that we took a short (1 hour) boat ride to Colonia. We checked into our hostel (brr, more on that to come) and then found an amazingly overpriced dinner. Our hostel was fine, aside from the fact it had no ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires June 23rd 2009

We have been in Buenos Aires since Saturday. We´ve mostly been walking around and getting a feel for the city. It is broken up into different neighborhoods, each with its own character, and we have managed to visit most of them. On Sunday we went to Recoleta and walked through the market and then through the cemetery (where Evita´s grave is located). We also went to a Boca Juniors soccer game. It was fantastic. Even though they were having a bad year, the atmosphere was still amazing. In the hard core fan section they sang, waved flags, played music and jumped about the entire game. Above us was the opponents section (Gimnasio) and when they scored the entire section of our stadium was shaking and we thought it was going to fall on us - luckily ... read more

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza June 19th 2009

Hola all, Well we had a great day of relaxation yesterday. We got caught up on sleep, took a great jacuzzi and had a good pasta meal. Very nice. Today was a very different story. In case you are wondering why we rode in the back of a police car, we shall tell you in a bit, but first, our plan today was to rent bikes and visit the vineyards. Plans do not always work out. We got our ride to Maipu, just outside Mendoza, picked up our bikes and readied ourselves for our journey. Things looked promising at the start, the sky was blue and we were refreshed. We biked for over an hour to the end of the route to slowly make our way back to the start visiting the wineries along the way. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza June 17th 2009

We now speak fluent Spanish...or maybe not. We did take three days of intensive lessons, our brains now hurt. Valparaiso is a very beautiful city, especially when it is sunny instead of rainy. It is right on the ocean and is very hilly (muchas cerros), a bit reminiscient of the bay area in California. We stayed at a great little bed and breakfast - La Nona, very friendly, very helpful. Jasmine took some great photos just after sunset one night that we will post as soon as we get back to the states. We also tried a pisco sour, the very famous Chilean drink - very sour, one was plenty. Also, just in case you enjoy beer, Chile is not the region for you. Stick to the wine. We almost missed our bus this morning that ... read more


So we haven´t been doing the greatest job of regularly posting to this blog, but we also haven´t been doing all that much stuff. We were feeling a bit lazy and tired our first few days here during our time in Santiago. We spent a lot of time walking around and seeing the main sites of the city. We also had a couple of good traditional Chilean meals - beefsteak sandwich with greenbeans and tomatoes for instance. Last night we went to a Kooks concert in Santiago! It was very fun, incredibly loud, and the crowd was CRAZY!! This morning we got up very early (especially considering what time we have been waking up every day since we got here) to take a short bus ride to Valparaiso. It rained all day today and was quite ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago June 10th 2009

Just arrived in Santiago, Chile after a long day of travel. Denver, to Toronto, to Santiago. A bit of a mix up as our hotel had us getting in at a different time, so we got to wait and be harrassed by taxi drivers for two hours in the airport! Our driver was very nice, a bit of a language gap - Justin practiced his spanish and proved to have a lot to learn. Have not seen much of the city yet, but it seems nice. Surrounded by mountains, although you cannot see them well due to massive amounts of pollution. We will be in Santiago for a few more days. Not sure what the plan is yet. We were going to go snowboarding but have learned that there is not enough snow. We are just ... read more




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