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4th November 2014

Wonderful travel. You will see how you will enjoy Brasília...
4th November 2014

Sounds like you are having a real adventure. Look forward to hearing about Antarctica leg of trip. Enjoy :)
20th October 2014

Save me a steak!
Great blog, Bear! Thanks for keeping in touch via FB as you have been, it's been good encouragement! Man, I wish I was there though - the steaks in Switzerland are rubbish 8-).
20th October 2014

No thank you for following my blog. It is very much appreciated and good to see that people actually read it. Sometimes when I write the entries I wonder if I just do this for myself of if other people get some joy out of it as well. Didn't had any memorable steaks in restaurants as yet, but some awesome food with people that invited me to their private BBQ's. And a bonus was that it was for free; only conversations, swapping of stories and life experiences and laughter was the price for it. And who isn't happy to give that in return? Have fun in Switzerland and who knows, maybe one day our paths will cross.....
20th October 2014

Neinnn, Argentina is beautiful. Go to Buenos Aires - as I said, one of my favorite cities ever. And what's that Recoletta cemetery? It is also worth a visit Bariloche and that Welsh city ;) to say the least, I bet there is much more to see there... ;)
20th October 2014

Hi Carla. I am not saying that it is not beautiful but after the Andes a bit flat. That is all. Ands yes I am looking forward to Buenos Aires. Thank you for all the tips and I will certainly visit them all.
13th October 2014

Feed the dogs
was thinking you were going to say feed them or they will feed on you.
13th October 2014

Feed the dogs
No. There are street dogs everywhere and some really good looking ones. But some of them are starving. I rather spends money on feeding dogs than humans...
5th October 2014
Steak Tatar - Yummy

Sadness... I knew now this German restaurant in Porto Alegre is closed as it seems..
From Blog: Valdivia / Chile
5th October 2014
Steak Tatar - Yummy

Yes, with the name Steak Tartare. It is International cuisine, here there are all kinds of food... My fav restaurant in Porto Alegre, for example, is Polish, belonging to a family who arrived in 1929. The typical foods in my State are "Churrasco Gaucho" (Barbecue) and "Comida Colonial" (I.e. German and Italian). As for steak tartare I have a certain obsession with this food and O rarely spend more than a week without eating raw meet (it includes carpaccio as well). The restaurants with the best steak tartar are not exactly cheap over here, but they are: In Brasília - Le Vin and Toujours Bistrô. In Porto Alegre - Schullas Kleine Haus (look how beautiful their steak tartar with the egg on top: is the traditional Hackpeter! http://www.destemperados.com.br/experiencias/schullas-kleines-haus-um-restaurante-nofilter ) São Paulo - Z Deli and Tartar &Co. Rio de Janeiro - CT Brasserie and A Polonesa.
From Blog: Valdivia / Chile
5th October 2014
Steak Tatar - Yummy

Hummmmm... One of my favourites. In any place I go, if I have the chance, always ask for one..
From Blog: Valdivia / Chile
5th October 2014
Steak Tatar - Yummy

The taste was sensational. Do you have that in Brazil?
From Blog: Valdivia / Chile
2nd October 2014

At the moment it would be impossible - much work, very busy. But thanks for the invitation. Soon we will meet each other. There will be many opportunities.
1st October 2014

No, I never climbed a volcano before - I am too "old" for my own age, to the point I never ever did such a thing like.... "camping"... in my whole life. But I know you Central Europeans enjoy adventures, much more than us.... Just to say somehow I envy you and that (thanks to you) my next vacations will have something to do with countryside Chile - and not only Santiago.... Have fun. And stay safe.
1st October 2014

Carla, Chile is amazing and you will have a great time. Change these high heels for some hiking boots and go tracking. Don't know what you do right now but if you like you can come to Patagonia with me. I hear that this is an amazing place. Let me know when you are going. Might be able to give you some tips.
29th September 2014

I have been in some thermal springs in Brazil. I am sure not as beautiful as this one, but there are some good places over or next to extincted volcanoes. Next to Brasília, in the Center-West Region, it is famous the thermal springs at a city called Caldas Novas - but I went there when I was 5 years old, so I don't know how it is today (I know water temperature there can go until 56 degree). Most of the thermal paradises from here were discovered by mere chance, between the 50's and 60's, because of drilling in order to find oil. For the deception of oil companies, the deeper they excavated, only hot water with therapeutic properties rained from the field. Around Caldas Novas there are other thermal springs spread around the country. At the South, in Rio Grande do Sul State, one find Caldas de Prata Park http://www.serragaucha.com/pt/informacoes-turisticas/atrativos-turisticos/parque-caldas-de-prata/ (English translation here: http://www.serragaucha.com/en/ ), a beautiful place inside the micro-region called "Grape and Wine", at the Serra Gaúcha (Mountain Range). It is a Italian city (60% of the population has Italian ancestry, around 20% Polish, 5% German and 15% or so from several ethnic groups). I went there 3 years ago, I think: it is a cheap option, with beautiful tracks through the woods and bromeliads (by the way, it is impressive how nature, environment at those places at the South are identical to the countryside in Central Europe, mostly during springtime and winter). Outside the South, an excellent option too is the Thermas Antônio Carlos at Poços de Caldas, a city in a Southeastern State called Minas Gerais (around 400 kilometers away from its capital, Belo Horizonte, where happened that 7-1 game Germany vs. Brazil ;) ): That thermal spring is situated in an incredible building dating back 1930 and nature is stunning in that region in Minas Gerais State. One who goes there need to know the Cachoeira Véu das Noivas (a waterfall), do a cableway tour to the São Domingos Mountain Range and visit the Pedra Balão (Baloon Stone). The Christ the Redeemer on picture is not related to Rio de Janeiro: there is also one in Poços de Caldas. http://blog.viajarbarato.com.br/pocos-de-caldas-e-suas-belezas-naturais/ , http://www.minasgerais.com.br/destinos/pocos-de-caldas/ To end, the pictures I see of you at this place in Chile remind me a bit of Gramado, a touristic city in the Mountain Range of Rio Grande do Sul, my State (but I won't lie: Gramado is a VERY expensive city): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=466694990097304&l=f50acc3146 , https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=466802460086557&l=5e2705ece6 , Centre of the city: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=467087343391402&l=ca2a67a238 , https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=466833720083431&l=1cb5f05bff , https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=469068049859998&l=9c39a5f69b
29th September 2014

Wassail
G'day Welf, glad to see that you are still well and enjoying yourself as best you can. I must admit, you are a braver man than me. I do love travelling and will look forward to my visit to Cuba in November. I'm off to Darwin next week where the temperature ranges from 22C-35C every day. The only thing that changes is wether it is wet or dry. Luckily it will be dry for the next few weeks. Please make sure you look after yourself and try as many interesting beers as you can. Visit a few small breweries. Hopefully meet a few 'nice' girls. Live. DAvid
26th September 2014

Passed over here
The boring here is me, who always give loooooong "History classes", mostly about immigrations around the world and South America - my favourite subject. Don't get surprised: Chile, Argentina and Brazil have strong German influence. The same didn't happens in Uruguay. That immigration to us was like Irish in USA, for example. If you are impressed with the influence in Southern Chile, just wait to see what happens in South Brazil - to the point, as I told you - German and Portuguese are official language together (a kind of affirmative action local governments promoted over the years in those cities). Funny is this process started much before than Chile and it is still today, from all migrant groups, the ones who keep their traditions the most. When Germans are faced with this reality in South Brazil the reactions are diverse: it's like seeing their image reflected in a mirror... Word of someone Portuguese/German/French/Italian/English
From Blog: Temuco / Chile
29th September 2014

Keep them coming. I read them all and appreciate your efforts. They contain some very good info. Thank you
From Blog: Temuco / Chile
25th September 2014

Welf, glad you are well on your way, getting to now new people and places. But a special thanks to you for sharing this with us. Keep your sell safe your sister
From Blog: Temuco / Chile
22nd September 2014

Just an observation
Hi there! I'm just writting to give you my congrats for your article but at the same time make an observation: You have a photo that says it's the government palace and there's a mistake, cause the image belongs to the "Plaza de Armas" (Santiago main square), not to "La Moneda", which is the name of the government palace. Just tht, with no intentions but helping you to have a perfect article. Greetings!
From Blog: Santiago / Chile
22nd September 2014

Thanks Pedro. Very much appreciated. Will change accordingly
From Blog: Santiago / Chile
22nd September 2014

hello
Good to see that you're safe and well and enjoying yourself and miles away from the muslim crap that is happening. 25C in a cloudless sky in Adelaide. Take care. DFA
22nd September 2014

Penco
Welf, the name of the town is Penco and was founded not in 1680, but in 1550. It was the original location of Concepcion and the third oldest city (although now it's only a town) of Chile, after Santiago and La Serena, respectively. The fort was the one built in 1687. By the way, the other town we visited was Tome. Cheers mate.
From Blog: Antuco / Chile
22nd September 2014

Detail.
Welf, although the German influence in Chile is indeed very, very strong (specially in the southerns parts of the country) the famous Chilean wine industry was started by the basques inmigrants that arrived during the second half of the 19 century. In fact, the mixture of some of this basques inmigrants with the wealthy descendants of the first Spanish conqueror gave as a result the castilian-basque aristocracy, that has been the traditional Chilean aristocracy, even until now.

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