Daniel Arellano Schwarzenberg


Daniel Arellano Schwarzenberg

"The most dangerous risk of all - The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later".

Patiperro: "Chileanism" used to describe someone who likes to travel a lot.

South America » Chile » Atacama » Chañaral de Aceituno June 21st 2014

This turned out to be one of the best weekends I've had in a while. During 2012 and 2013 I traveled around the world. Now I'm back home and back to a job with schedules (not complaining, just saying). This year, especially the second semester, I'm planning to do short getaways to lesser known places in Chile and write about them. That weekend I got my outdoor fix which was much needed. Just when I managed to get a few days off work, the people that work in a dive center with whom I usually dive, planned a dive trip to one of the best spots in continental Chile. It's a not very well known cove: "Caleta Chañaral de Aceituno". For this same reason, dive sites are just recently being discovered. The main attraction of this ... read more
Photogenic birds and sunset over Chañaral island
The skipper - "Pato" Ortiz
PAM Denise shipwreck

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso » Concon November 26th 2013

This is a very simple tribute to the people I met during my trip. A lot of them went out of their way to help me out or make me feel at home and a lot of them I like to think of as friends now. Even though they may only be named briefly in this post, I took a lot of time to write this and thought about every single one of the people I mentioned here by name and how interacting with them in different times, places and circumstances influenced my trip. The more you travel, the more you realize the vast amount of good-natured people out there. And 22 months of traveling finally came to an end. Out of the things I had planned, I managed to do a lot of them, I ... read more
With Felipe, Isabelle and Bruno at the fishmarket
Succesfully finishing the Instructor Development Course
Couchsurfers at Tropfest short film festival

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 24th 2013

To finish off my 632 day trip I had 2 days left in Paris and I had no specific plans before boarding my flight home. Last time I was there (about 6 weeks before) I had stayed with a French girl, Marie Arkrour who was the friend of a friend. This time she wasn't in the city, so I had to figure out things to do on my own. I stayed in a well located hotel, the "Hotel Printemps" that was walking distance from the "Champ de Mars". It was my third time in Paris so I wanted to avoid spending too much time walking in the usual places (although I guess it's kind of inevitable), so doing a bit of research online I came across some interesting websites with off-the-beaten-path places in Paris and decided ... read more
Les Arènes de Lutèce
Walking in Paris
Books near the Senne

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Caen November 21st 2013

I'm writing this post really late... several months after having been there, so I'll probably have forgotten a few details. I think my best contribution with this post are the photos that I took and edited. I didn't have the best weather during my short stay in Caen, so I didn’t really get to do all that I wanted there. Besides, I wasn't able to find a car to rent and moving around in public transport between villages is pretty difficult, especially if you're on a time frame. So, first tip: if you've been planning to get here for a while and really want to get the most out of your stay, rent a car or book tours way in advance. While I was there I decided to do the “Band of Brothers tour” (based on ... read more
German Battery, Langues-sur-Mer
American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer
Pointe du Hoc

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Mont Saint-Michel November 20th 2013

These were two places I had on my list-to-visit before leaving France. In a previous post I wrote about my time staying with a woman named Anik Heraux in a town called Rochefort. I contacted Anik through an organization called “HelpX” and that’s how I ended up staying with her for 5 weeks, helping around doing odd jobs in exchange for accommodation and food. But Anik belonged to several other such types of organizations, like couchsurfing, etc. This included one called “Route des Sel” (a sort of “French Couchsurfing”). Through this last one she put me in touch with a woman named Dominique Catalifaud, who turned out to be the president of the organization. She lived between St. Malo and Mont St. Michel, so the location was perfect to do day trips to both places from ... read more
St Malo
Alet Peninsula
Solidor Port

Europe » France » Brittany » Brest November 18th 2013

When my 5 week stay in Rochefort was over, I had about 1 week left in France and I wanted to make the most out of it. I was more confident with my grasp of the French language and I realized spending those 5 weeks in Rochefort had been a good idea. I really wanted to visit St-Malo and Mont St-Michel in Brittany and afterwards go to Caen from where I could visit the beaches of the landings of Normandy. Before going to St-Malo and Mont St-Michel I went to Brest to visit and old friend of my parents, Jean-Yves Cypres, whose children I had visited in Laval, about a month and a half before. To get to Brest from Rochefort took several hours, with a combination of 2 trains and a bus. I hadn't seen ... read more
Point de Penmarc'h
Jean Yves and Veronique
Pointe du Raz

Europe » France » Poitou-Charentes » La Rochelle November 16th 2013

I went to la Rochelle two times while I stayed in a nearby town called Rochefort for 5 weeks. The first one was when Anik (my host in Rochefort) took me to La Rochelle to see a Russian tall ship and the second one when I went to see a film festival. La Rochelle was founded in the 10th Century and became an important port in the 12th Century. The main activities of the city were maritime trade and commerce. La Rochelle has had a very interesting history; including being the Knights Templar’s largest base in the Atlantic, having been under English Rule, having participated in the 100 Years War, becoming protestant and having suffered at least 2 sieges in its early history, the last one by Cardinal Richelieu. It had booms and declines, moments of ... read more
The Shtandart
The Shtandart
Cours des Dames

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux November 14th 2013

The last weekend before leaving Rochefort I used for visiting Bordeaux. It was good timing because it was also a long weekend (don’t know why though). Bordeaux, the world's major wine capital is one of France's oldest and largest cities (its history can be traced as far back as 300BC). It's a port city on the Garonne river. Anik (my host in Rochefort) put me in touch with a friend of hers (Sabine) that was driving to Bordeaux on Saturday, so I didn't even have to buy the train ticket to get there. As far as places to stay go, during the week I wrote to about 5 people in Bordeaux to see if they could host me through Couchsurfing. I usually never write more than 5 requests and always do it one at a time ... read more
Night out
Riding a pretty pink bike
Capucins Market

Europe » France » Poitou-Charentes » Rochefort November 2nd 2013

I spent 5 weeks in a town called Rochefort, situated along the Charente River, to try and improve my limited knowledge of French and experience everyday life in the country. Spending about 2 months in France was one of the things I had thought about doing during this trip. Mainly, because I wanted to be forced into speaking the language. Before leaving on this trip, while I was in Chile I went to the French Consulate to see if there was any chance of getting a student visa to study French for a while. But that wasn't really an option as it was way too expensive to pay for courses. So I just let the idea hang for a while and see if any opportunities opened up during my travels. And they did. While I was ... read more
Anik's house
Quai le Moyne de Sérigny
Corderie Royale

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 10th 2013

This was the start of my 7 week stay in France and the beginning of the end of my 22 month trip. I took the train that connects London and Paris and arrived at the "Gare du Nord" at around 1pm, after the train was one hour late late due to railway works. First "culture shock": it wasn't my first time in France, but I had really gotten used to speaking everywhere in English, so when I had to dig up my very basic French to ask even the simplest of things, I really struggled at first. I knew where I had to go, but not really how to get there. I managed to ask a security guard at the station where I had to go to take a métro that would take me to "Couronnes". ... read more
Woman making giant bubbles
Tour Eiffel

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