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North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn December 31st 2011

Hello to everyone!! Well, its hard to believe, but I'm sitting here writing this entry with just one day left until I get on a plane and head over to Thailand to start this adventure of a lifetime. If there's one thing I know for sure about this trip, its that I am definitely not looking forward to a 21 hour plane ride. Sunday, January 1st 2012 - NYC to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Bangkok. Since I moved back home fourweeks ago I've had a lot of time to think, and it dawned on me just how much of an adventure it has already been. Some say its reckless. Some have called it ballsy. I say its what life is all about. What started as an idea back in June has now come full force ... read more
Everything packed up
Ready to go

Words cannot describe the power and beauty of Iguazu. Sprawling waterfalls line the cliffs of Iguazu National Park. I visited the Argentinian side of the falls where you are able to walk so close to the falls that its hard not to feel insignificant. I lived close to Niagara Falls on the border of Canada for the past two years and I am sorry to say that Niagara is nothing compared to the immenseness of Iguazu. To feel the falls true power we took a boat ride under the falls and it defenitely was an experience in itself. The stregnth of the falling water was blinding. Again, words cannot describe the falls, and pictures do not do them justice. ... read more
The Falls
More Falls
And More....

South America » Argentina » Salta March 10th 2009

I arrived in Tafi del Valle with Chris from France and Tobias from Denmark. The three of us had heard that Tafi would be a relaxing place in the hills. Tafi is said to be a gaucho town, the cowboy area of Argentina. It was a nice place, but the weather was not in our favor. We set out in the morning on a hike as the weather looked somewhat clear. About an hour and a half into our walk the sky darkened and poured on us. Unlucky for us we were out in the open with no trees to take cover in. I had a rain jacket and Tobias just had a sweatshirt. Chris was prepared. The walk back was not very fun, as we were drenched from the rain. In the end we did ... read more
Tafi del Valle Mountains
Ruines of Quilmes
Biking to Cafayate

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 5th 2009

From Valparaiso I headed back into Argentina to the city of Mendoza. I left on an early morning bus to cross The Andes. I was told by some friends that the bus ride would be unforgettable. They were right. Outside of Santiago, the road leading to the Andes crossing is lined by trees and rivers. The Andes are gorgeous. Following the road twisting and turning we climbed high into the mountains to a tunnel that would lead us to the Argentinian side. We passed mountains covered with snowcaps. The immense features of The Andes are breathtaking. The phrase "The grass is greener on the other side" defenitely applies for The Andes. The Chilean side is covered with grass and blooming trees while the Argentinian side is filled with red stone mountains. I met up with Etan ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso February 24th 2009

If you love the arts, Valparaiso is the city for you. About two hours north west of Santiago, Valparaiso sits on the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Filled with cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways painted with beautiful artwork it is a city like no other in Chile. Walking around here is like walking through an art gallery. No matter which direction you choose to go, you are bound to find original pieces at every corner. The city here is not what I would have pictured to be a South American or let alone a Chilean city. It reminds me more of what Venice or France would feel like, not that I have ever been to those places. The hills are filled with boutiques ranging from clothes, jewelry, paintings and leather goods. At the bottom of the ... read more
Biker Doing His Thing
Guard at the Gate

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 20th 2009

It may have been a death wish, but either way it was an experience! After some convincing by a group of Brazilians the night before, the five of us decided to get tickets for the Colo Colo vs. Sport football match. Colo Colo is one of Santiagos local teams and Sport is a team from the north of Brazil. We decided to sit with our Brazilian friends in the their section. We figured there would be more energy from the visiting team as they were not favored to win but came so far to see the match. Colo Colo stadium is located close to the mountains that surround Santiago. The town is very residential, and there are no bars near the stadium. I guess its a safety measure to keep most of the fans under control. ... read more
Supporting Brazil
Crazy Fans
Police in Riot Gear

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Pichilemu February 15th 2009

When I look back to my time in Pichilemu I will remember it for two reasons. Not only was it here where I surfed for the first time, but it was also my first time in the Pacific Ocean. Pichilemu is a beach town about three hours south of Santiago. The town here is packed with surfers as well as vacationers looking to get away from the city. An eight minute drive takes you to Punta de Lobos, an internationally known surfing beach famous for its giant waves. In the winter here, waves can reach between 8 to 10 meters high. Thats nuts! I luckily arrived here in good timing. This week there was a surf contest sponsered by Rip Curl as well as a small movie festival showing surf movies. I met Daniel and Cyna ... read more
View from Dan and Cynas Cabana
Rip Curl Contest

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón February 13th 2009

Following the trek up the Villarrica Volcano I decided to stay a bit longer in Pucon. I really did like this town. Some people I had met had suggested that I skip it because of its pricey shops and touristy feel, but I myself really enjoyed my time in Pucon. I met Mickey and Moshiko in my hostel. Both were traveling together and had just really begun. We walked around the town, talked about our lives, and enjoyed the markets. We decided to go horseback riding the next day. The three of us met Dana and Noa during our horseback riding adventure. I had not ridden a horse since I was maybe nine or ten. Wether or not I was in control of Loncoche, my horse, we were quickly trotting away up into the hills. The ... read more
The Horse Crew
Chabbad in Pucon
Day on the Boat - Dana

South America » Chile » Araucanía » Villarrica Volcano February 7th 2009

After two days of hanging around in Pucon under grey skys and rain, the horizon finally cleared to the site of the Villarrica Volcano. The Villarrica Volcano is an active Volcano situated outside of the town Pucon where I have come to stay for a week or so. Myself and my four friends woke early to setoff on the trek up Villarrica. To climb the Volcano you must be with a guide and have the proper equipment as the conditions in the high altitude can turn for the worse very quickly. We got our gear together and headed to the base of the Volcano by bus. There, with out ice picks, crampons, and the rest of our gear, we began the trek up Villarica. As we made our way up the side of the volcano the ... read more
Resting Before The Final Climb
At The Top

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Puerto Natales February 2nd 2009

We arrived in Puerto Natales with the intention of getting out bags in order and heading out the following morning to begin the 8 day circuit around the Torres del Paine. In getting my stuff in order I realized how much I underestimated this hike. I did not have the propper cold weather gear. Coming from Chalten and Calafate I also wanted to take a day to relax. I left my four Israeli friends the next day and walked around town looking to meet some people. I met four locals who I ended up going out with for the next two nights. They were on vacation from Punta Arenas and invited me back to their homes. I had yet to hike in Torres del Paine but to a degree, I did not feel like doing it. ... read more
Late Night Chilean Tunes
Uneversidad de Chile!!
Punta Arenas Center

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