Theresa Crann

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Theresa Crann

We are world travellers who are living in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. We are both diagonally parked in a parallel universe and have a passion for the world and its amazing places and faces. We hope these blogs can be enjoyed by many like-minded people...
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"Everyone has two lives! Your second life starts when you realize that you only have one"
An Argentine couple.






South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago May 30th 2015

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets. Pablo Neruda is adored by the Chileans. The Nobel Prize winning poet was a collector of beautiful things. His houses are full of furniture from all corners of the world and art from many cultures. Books and maps were some of his most treasured possessions and his houses were oddly designed and resembled the interiors of ships. His love of the sea was evident in his ... read more
Her Eyes
The Fish
The Bird

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa May 14th 2015

Iorana! (Rapa Nui for Hello) Off we flew to one of the most remote islands on the planet...Isla Pascua (Easter Island). And we were hosted by the lovely town of Hanga Roa. Far flung Easter Island sits about 3700 km from its Motherland in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - it is one of the most isolated inhabited places on Earth. They say that timing is everything. We arrived on the island at a very interesting time, indeed (politically!) The indigenous Rapa Nui people have kicked the Chilean National Park workers out of office and have taken over operations of the historical sites. (And presently, Chileans are not allowed at the sites.) Financially, it was great for us as we didn’t have to pay the USD 60 each for entrance fee to the island. Some ... read more
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Kau
Volcanic landscape of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica May 8th 2015

From Lauca National Park in Chile’s northern extreme, we descended over four and a half thousand metres to the city of Arica at sea level. Pop went the ears and bang went the lungs! We went from the cold and icy, windswept and barren Andean Altiplano to the hot, expansive and treeless sand of the super-dry Atacama Desert in a couple of hours. We sported our super-hero capes as our oxygen levels increased and our extra red blood cells (that we had spent the last four weeks making at the high altitudes) cried: ‘hurray!’. Renting bikes in Arica and peddling up the hills was no large task for the two super-hero gringos! A little further down the Chilean coast, we stopped in the city of Iquique, also in the desert. There was a peaceful protest in ... read more
Arica
The Palm-lined Streets
Dead Seal


The view from our cabin on Isla del Sol was superb! The mighty Lake Titicaca (titi and caca in the same word – hee hee!), the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera and incredible skies surrounded us. The surface of the lake is over 3800 metres above sea level and our cabin was a very challenging hike up another hill. Dave’s GPS showed our cabin just shy of 4000 metres! We spent most of our four day stay wandering around exploring the trails and beautiful landscapes of the traffic-free island. The island is dotted with Inca ruins and small villages. We loved the terraced gardens and we enjoyed the exquisite tranquility. Everywhere we looked there were burros (donkeys) and llamas. Sheep, cats and dogs were also a lesser part of the domesticated animal population and we may ... read more
Cha'lla
Yampupata
Inca Ruins

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz April 24th 2015

Hola Amigos... “Potosí! Potosí! Salimos a las una” the lady shouted... We hopped on board for a four hour bus ride to Potosí, the highest city in the world (allegedly) and a Unesco World Heritage Site. At 4070 metres above sea level, we huffed and puffed as we explored the lovely (and hilly) streets of this famous city. Little did we know that this city is not only famous for its elevation, but also its role in the history of the world‘s currency. The world’s first international coin was minted in silver here in Potosí. Our guide in The Casa Nacional de la Moneda gave us a very informative tour on the history of the mint and showed us some pretty remarkable pieces of wooden machinery from the 1700’s. The surrounding hills have one of the ... read more
Wooden Machinery
The Silver Smelt
Museo de Santa Teresa


We left the mountain town of Tupiza in a 4 x 4 Toyota Landcruiser with Felix (our driver and guide), Lydia (our cook) and a Belgian couple (Guillaume and Laura) and headed off into the remote and scenically spectacular south west corner of Bolivia. We spent the next four days driving to some of the country’s most amazing places, lakes of green, blue and red, volcanic rock formations and deserts, all with a giant backdrop of snow-capped peaks and colour-painted mountain ranges. We enjoyed watching vicuñas, llamas and sheep in the nearby scrublands. We were amazed to learn about and see the many flamingos that frequent the lakes to eat the algae in the cold temps of the season. The trip was incredible and the highlights were plentiful. Most of the trip was above 4000 metres ... read more
Tupiza
El Sillar
Rhea

South America » Chile April 1st 2015

I will have to wait for the fog, the flying salt, the scattered sun, for the sea to breathe and breathe on me, because water is not just water, but a hazy intrusion, and the waves roll in the air like invisible horses. Pablo Neruda, 1904 – 1973. As Dave finished in Antarctica and Theresa finished in Northern Canada, one flew north and the other flew south. We met up at our thirteenth floor apartment in Santiago, Chile.… Together again and on the road for more adventures… Having a few days to wait for Dave, Theresa was able to capture the "Between Worlds" that she finds so intriguing to reflect upon... Here is a little excerpt: "When we first start out on a new trip, there is a space between worlds. Where we just came from, ... read more
Old and New
Contemplation
The Sprawl of Santiago


The Adventures of Teddy. ‘Teddy, Monkey, Bunny and Noodles are four friends who live in a lovely place called Green World. But lately, Evil Cloud has been covering the land, making it difficult to live and play. Teddy, who once journeyed to the South Pole, recalls a magical land called Antarctica. “It is a land of peace” Teddy tells his friends, “it’s cold and beautiful.” “Oh my goodness gracious me” gasped Monkey. “Gosh golly” piped Bunny. “Holy macaroni” yelled Noodles. So they decided to embark on a journey together to the land of ice in the south. “But Antarctica is a far and distant land, so how will we get there?” Monkey asked, as he chomped and slopped at his over-ripe banana. “Fret not.” Teddy squeaked, in a cackling rasp. “We will obtain a ship – ... read more
Black-browed Albatross
The Tabular Berg
Volcanic Valley

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia March 15th 2015

I am back in Ushuaia, but only for a few hours. I sit here at a rustic wooden café sipping on some of, what I believe to be, the best hot chocolate in Argentina. Thick and smooth, not too sweet, a dash of spice, a generous topping of cream, spattered with chocolate dust… The chit-chat, the gossip, a young couple, some well-travelled backpackers! It’s a beautiful café, full of old tins and bottles, paintings from times-gone-by, its friendly atmosphere vibrating through my mug as I sip on this treasured beverage… And a slice of cake! Ushuaia is a colourful place, climatically, culturally and historically, and vibrant in the arts too! The city at the bottom of the world is an anomaly. Why is Ushuaia here? What do people do here? It has grown at an accelerated ... read more
What is she doing?
Chickenfish
Downtown Art

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Tolhuin March 4th 2015

Federico Gargiulo wrote a book, ‘Walking on Fire’… It was a book of adventure and courage, as he, and two others walked for more than a month around the remote and fairly unknown Peninsula Mitre on the far south-eastern tip of Tierra del Fuego. Their adventure had them wading across rivers in storms, scrambling up unnamed peaks, getting trapped by the tides and running out of food. A harrowing tale of how three young men, just out of college, had a desire to head into the wilderness to explore the magnificence at the edge of the world… Federico (Fede) is originally from Rosario, Argentina, but has lived in Ushuaia for about twelve years or so. I work with Fede - he is the historian on board Sea Spirit. One sunny afternoon on deck 5 aft, Fede, ... read more
Spectacular Coastline
The Coast
Driftwood and Pebbles




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