Hello, world


Hello, world!

Hi all, welcome to my travelblog. I will soon venture out from my nest in Toronto, Canada and embark on a journey to Europe- The Netherlands, Italy, and Spain for 4 weeks, then I will continue in South America- Argentina, Peru (and maybe Chile and Uruguay) for 7 weeks. In this blog, I shall provide you with a slice of my experiences as I travel across the continents.

There are many places I would like to see, many things I would like to do and many people I would like to meet. I am sure this will be an exciting and exhilarating tour.

It will all start, on July 13, 2009....stay tuned.

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 6th 2009

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/what-happened-to-argentina/... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires September 8th 2009

I just finished reading a book which I started during my trip. It is called "Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's most Notorious Minister." It is a good read! Very well written and the book gives an interesting account of the Tudor politics during Henry VIII's time and Thomas Cromwell's contributions to his master which changed the course of the English history and the mechanics of governance in the English realm. When I was in Canada, work has prevented me to take time to read some good books. It is a good feeling to finish the last page of this book, and felt that the soul has been nurtured. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » La Plata September 6th 2009

This Sunday I decided to go to La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires to visit my friend Santiago, who was the one that taught me the basics in Argentine Spanish about 3 years ago. La Plata is 45 minutes away from Capital Federal- the city of Buenos Aires and has a somewhat different feel from the megacity (Capital Federal). The people there seem nicer and less hurried, and many young people from the province of Buenos Aires and other places go to La Plata to study. (there are several universities and colleges in La Plata) I first returned to La Plata cathedral whose simple grandeur I like. It is a largest Gothic style cathedral built in Argentina in the 20th century. Because it was Sunday, the city was somewhat quiet. All the ... read more
La Plata Catedral
Holy Spirit descending

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Iguazú National Park September 4th 2009

During my previous trip to Argentina, I had always wanted to go visit Cataratas Igauzú- which is known in English as the Iguazú fall. It is undoubtedly one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world. However, I always dropped it from my itinerary at the last minute, the reason is that it is far out from my usual routes of excursions- Córdoba (El Centro), Mendoza, San Juan (El Cuyo) and Pantagonia. Iguazú is too far out to the northeast region and there are no really attractive destinations to see en tour to there. However this time I have decided to visit Iguazú from my base in Buenos Aires. To go on the excursion, I took a flight from Buenos Aires directly to Puerto Iguazú- it took only 1 hour 50 minutes, whereas the bus ... read more
Exotic birds
Walking toward 'Devil's throat'

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires August 28th 2009

This is my fifth time in Argentina, in 3 years. In December 2006, I decided to visit a country I knew nothing about to relieve the mundane existence in Canada. Pretty much just throwing darts on the map, I decided to come to Argentina. Well, Argentina is at the other end of the earth, and far away from Canada, so it fit my bill of getting away. With absolutely no knowledge of Spanish and the country, I jumped on a flight and headed to Buenos Aires. I was hooked ever since... How to explain this fascination? I am not quite sure, and I do not want to belabor on that. A standard answer I give goes as follows: Argentina is definitely not like Canada for one, its language is Spanish (some say Italian-ated Spanish) and sounds ... read more
Jumping, jumping
Waiting for the next green light
On Avenida Santa Fe, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Repulica Argentina

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires August 28th 2009

It has been a while since I last updated my blog...for those of you who have been anxiously waiting my new stories, sorry for the wait. Much has happened...I have completed a tour of Cordoba, San Juan and Salta, and now have finally rolled back to Buenos Aires. Much has happened during my expedition into the central and north region of Argentina. Somehow I did not feel a strong urge to update my blogs...maybe because I feel so at home, or relaxed here in Argentina, or maybe it was simply that I felt I could less afford to waste time. I rented an apartment in a good neighborhood in Buenos Aires about 3 days ago for a month, and started my life as a Porteño. During the rest of my time in Argentina, Buenos Aires will ... read more

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta August 20th 2009

This was the first time that I visited Salta. Salta is located in the northwest of Argentina, and is a popular tourist destination by the Porteños and the rest of Argentineans. I have heard of Salta before, but truth be told, I did not know what to expect when I decided to visit her. But by now you should know I like adventures, so I decided to check it out. (Note: For those of you who are not familiar Argentina, Porteños refer to the residents of the Capital Federal, the city of Buenos Aires. The people of the province of Buenos Aires, however, are called Bonaerenses) I bought the overnight bus ticket that goes from San Juan to Salta. The bus was complete with a washroom, a small kitchen to serve us meals, and very cushy ... read more
San Francisco Church and Covent
Catedral Basilica de Salta- the back view
Catedral Basilica de Salta

South America » Argentina » San Juan » San Juan August 19th 2009

San Juan is one of the most western provinces in Argentina, bordering with Chile and occupies a mountainous region. The area is dry with little precipitation and where the temperature during summer can rise to unbearable level, especially when there is a 'zonda wind' blowing through the surface of the land. It is a province in Argentina that is full of sunlight most of the time. (Note: Zonda wind (in Spanish, viento zonda) is a regional term for the foehn wind that often occurs on the eastern slope of the Andes, in Argentina. The Zonda is a dry wind (often carrying dust) which comes from the polar maritime air, warmed by descent from the crest, which is some 6,000 m (18,000 ft) above sea level. It may exceed a velocity of 40 km/h (25 mph) Source:wikipedia) ... read more
Sun rising from horizon
Valle de La Luna 1
Valle de La Luna 2

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires August 10th 2009

Rolled into Buenos Aires this morning around 6:00 am. First time here during the winter (or the end of winter rather). It feels really fresh...like Canada´s autumn, which I like. I am going to rest and refresh a little... Much to write about my time in Spain, but that will come later. Argentina, I am back. Vuelvo al sur! I want to mark this occasion with a tango music from Astor Piazolla: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0AQU3bcAa4 Vuelvo al Sur, como se vuelve siempre al amor, vuelvo a vos, con mi deseo, con mi temor. Llevo el Sur, como un destino del corazon, soy del Sur, como los aires del bandoneon. Sueño el Sur, inmensa luna, cielo al reves, busco el Sur, el tiempo abierto, y su despues. Quiero al Sur, su buena gente, su dignidad, siento el Sur, como ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona August 2nd 2009

Arrived in Barcelona from Madrid, with speed of Eurostar super-comfy train. (300 Kg per hour) Everyone I met said good things about Barcelona, so it was with high expectation I arrived to this city. I will go back to Madrid after 5 days. I am taking a more leisurely pace in Spain, not rushing between cities. So 10 days were allocated between Barcelona and Madrid only. I will have more time and space to breathe, to enjoy, to see and to socialize. Until next time. ... read more

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