What's up everyone. Thanks for coming to my travel blog. I miss you all and look forward to hearing from you. After more then a year of planning, I am finally in Argentina. A special thanks goes to the people that helped me make this happen, mainly my parents, and I truely appreciate everyones support in my quest to explore this country(and it´s neighbors). If you so choose, you can subscribe to my blog and you will receive an email every time I make a new entry. Please feel free to send me comments, or you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope all is well back home. See you soon...
p.s. we all know I'm a terrible speller, so exspect speling erors...
August 30th 2007
It has been a long time since my last blog...mostly because it crashed and put me off for a while. But it seems they recovered pretty much everything so I'm going to stick with it. I have done a lot since my last update. Quit that job I had. Night shift sucks, the people I worked for were weird and the town that I was in had bad snowboarding....so I took off. I was jonesing for some warmth so I headed as far north as possible in Argentina. Went to a place called Porto Iguaçu. It had amazing waterfalls and lush jungle. Hard to capture the size and power of the falls in photos. Plus it wasn't the best day when I went to see them, so the photos lack a little drama. But regardless, the ... read more
July 27th 2007
All right well after 2 wonderful weeks at Valle Nevado and Portillo(where most of the photos on this update are from) Bec and I went to a place called Termas de Chillan. It is a mountain in the south of Chile and is supposed to be a hided jewel of a ski resort. As we found out, it didn't like us much. On top of a number of other things that happened to us while we where there, such as my favorite board getting ruined on a hidden rock or my camera melting cause I forgot it in the pocket of my jacket left to dry next to the fire, Rebecca had a brush with death. I have told this story many times, about 40 times alone to Rebecca when she had amnesia. And some of ... read more
July 20th 2007
Portillo is the name of the second ski resort I went to in Chile. I am lagging on doing these updates as it was almost 2 weeks ago that I left. So I should be sending a new update real soon with the last 2 weeks. But anyways, Portillo was really fun. I was a little disappointed in the terrain, but still had a great time. Bec and I got in close with a group of people that was staying there during our week. So it made up for the snowboarding not being that great. And thankfully we got a storm that blessed us with powder turns on our last day. The storm also brought a lot of wind. So much that a gust blew the door to the balcony right off the hinges (photo ... read more
July 3rd 2007
url='/Videos/4100.html' onclick='dialog("/Videos/4100.html?popped=1","tbvideo",600,600);return false;' Poma Lifturl='/Videos/4101.html' onclick='dialog("/Videos/4101.html?popped=1","tbvideo",600,600);return false;' On Board Valle Nevado is the name of the first resort I've been to. The translation is snow covered valley and you will see by the photos it lived up to it's name. The resort is an all inclusive setup. For the price of a one day lift ticket at Mammoth you get a lift ticket, a night in a very nice hotel(compaired to the hostels I've stayed in) and breakfast and dinner....not a bad deal! The mountain doesn't compair to back home. I think they have a 800 - 1,000 ft. vertical. But the lack of people and the fact that the locals pretty much stuck to the groomed runs made for many days of powder. There was a storm that left a couple feet of snow the ... read more
June 22nd 2007
Well my time in Buenos Aires is up.....for now. I have enjoyed this place so much. I have met so many wonderful people, had such a great experience at the spanish school, have created great memories and even learned a little spanish. I'm not even sure how to explain it. I think the smile on my face in the photos tells it all. The people in buenos aires are, at least in my experience, very friendly and interesting. It amazes me to see how cheerful and optimistic they are when they are living in a struggling economy that completely collapsed just 5 years ago. They seem to pridefully grasp the moment and cherish their relationships. And they live for social interaction. BBQs, dinners going well into the night on a weekday, partying with friends, chatting ... read more
June 4th 2007
Let's see, what have I done this week. I took another week of class, tough but I make tiny strides every day. Which gives me confidence. I had a conversation on the bus the other day with a 65 year old guy that didn't know any english. Granted I only understood about 15% of what he said, I did understand some of it. And by the look of his expresses I was answering some of his question correctly. So I guess these classes are doing something for me. We'll see where I'm at in a couple weeks. I took a nice walk around Recoleta. One of the nice barrios (neighborhood) of B.A. It has the famous above ground cemetery that has most of the famous people in Argentina's history, like Evita. Funny thing, at the ... read more
May 28th 2007
url='/Videos/3402.html' onclick='dialog("/Videos/3402.html?popped=1","tbvideo",600,600);return false;' Rugby Chant Well I've been in Buenos Aires for a week now and I am very happy with how everything has gone. My flights were uneventful and I was able to get some sleep, so that was good. When I arrived a rep(Maria) from the program was there. Maria greeted me with a kiss on the cheek(that's how they do it down here) and was great with helping me on my first day. She had a car waiting for us, which most are tiny, so my snowboard bag rode shotgun while Maria and I sat in the back seat...pretty much on my lap. She dropped me off at my new apartment were I am renting a room from a local guy named Hernan. He has been very hospitable and speaks english pretty well. ... read more