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South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Isla Negra December 4th 2014

On Thursday, we signed up with a local company, Turistik, for the ride to the Coast to visit Pablo Neruda’s seashore home, Isla Negra. The tour offered the best of both worlds, the opportunity to see this Museum and, afterwards, a visit to a new organic winery in one of Chile’s youngest wine producing valleys, San Antonio. One of their vans was picking us up at 8:15 AM in front of the W Hotel, and taking us to their main depot area in the Parque Araucano Shopping Center to meet the vehicle designated for this particular tour. It is a well-organized enterprise that we had used in the past. The drive to Neruda’s house was heading south on the Costanera highway. It reminds me somewhat or the Florida’s Turnpike in that it has Toll stations along ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Isla Negra October 12th 2014

The great thing about Santiago is that you only have to drive 1 hour in one direction and you are right by the ocean or in the other direction and you are in the mountains! For this Saturday I choose the ocean to get to know more about the culture and history of Chile. Pablo Neruda is one of the most important persons for Chile and he has 3 houses in the region of Santiago. One in Santiago, one in Valparaiso and one at Isla Negra, which is not an island but called like this cause of the black stones on the beach and when Neruda built the house he was pretty much the only one there. Now it is a museum that you can visit and everything is still like when Neruda lived there. Small, ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso October 5th 2014

As some of the people of my hostel were decided to go to Valparaiso on Sunday I just invited myself to their trip ;) so imagine 5 girls (1 American and 4 Germans) going to the big carnival in Valpo... After getting tickets to go and there and return (which was not that that easy as many people had the same idea...) we got to Valparaiso which is located right by the ocean. We only walked from the bus station to the harbor and to the beach where the festival was going to start and I did not think Valpo was as pretty as described, but the nice part is supposed to be up in the hills. Anyways after getting to the beach we found many many people. Seriously there were like millions... The atmosphere was ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Viña del Mar September 28th 2014

Here we go again! All the motos are on their way to Valparaiso for our Patagonia Expedition - we fly in at the end of October for more South American adventure. We have a great team ready to ride with us from Chile, over the Andes into Central Argentina before exploring the fascinating terrain of Argentina Patagonia on our way to Ushuaia. With only four weeks to go before we fly out to Chile to rendezvous with our motos we shipped to Valparaiso a couple of weeks ago, the excitement is mounting amongst our small group of adventurers. Joining us on this Patagonia Expedition we have four riders that have been with us to the High Andes a couple of years ago - Tiny and Rippa Campbell from down the Naki, both riding their KTM's and ... read more
Sorting stuff for shipping
Tiny and Robyn
Rippa and David

It's challenging trying to wade through romantic advances as a foreigner. For some reason I've been meeting a lot of guys here and I can't quite put my finger on why. I really don't get this much action back at home. To not put people on blast, my friends and I decided to name them. There's Pheromone Guy, Persistent Guy, Old-man Guy? I'm not going to touch on that one! Sleeping Beauty Guy, Brazilian Guy, Horseback Guide Guy, and then one Guy who shall remain doubly nameless. Brittney has been joking and calling me the South American man magnet. Yes, Chilean men are fascinated by black women. It's rare that they see one. But at this point, I don't know if I can even blame it on that. I was black last time too! But this ... read more
Me and Isaac

If it doesn’t hit you in the front side, it’ll hit you in the back! Chilean slang is very infectious and this time around, I've been using a lot of it. I don’t just speak Spanish anymore. I speak Chilean! It really is its on language. When I went out with my host sister and her friends, I was talking to Pablo about dating (he was having lady drama) and this is what he said. “Las minas de aca son frescas, ¿cachai? Por eso no las pesco. Todo lo cabro chico tienen que aprender eso po." I really enjoyed talking to him but I laughed because I realized that if I hadn't have spent so much time in this culture I would have had NO EARTHLY idea what he was talking about! Even a native Spanish ... read more
Even Marquito says "po"
Nice Chileans we met

Screaming at the top of my lungs in the Plaza de Viña is how I started my day today. If you had just gotten out of a colectivo and noticed that your left thumb did NOT get the memo you might have done the same thing. I can only hope that most people did not understand the words that came out of my mouth as I stood in front of a busy colectivo stop emitting a blood curdling cry. I slammed my thumb in the colectivo door! I don't even mean that I banged my thumb with the door. No. I mean I slammed the car door completely shut and my thumb was in it! I have never been so clumsy as I am here. It was like this last time too only this time I've ... read more

I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going to go to bed. Ever. I feel like I haven't slept in the whole two weeks I've been here! I'm going to bed at like 5 A.M. and waking up at 9. I can't seem to "turn down." Thank you Lil Jon for personally writing my theme song, my Chilean anthem. There's always something beautiful to see, something cool to do, or someone fun to hang out with. People are more nocturnal here. Prime example: Last week, all of us "young people" went to bed and my host parents were still downstairs talking and watching TV at 2 A.M! It was impressive. I'm a night person too so I'm really loving this. Another reason I can't "turn down" is because I've been hanging out with my host brother ALL ... read more
Winter bloom
Me, Brit, and Isaac
Turn down for what??

All day... All night... Today, the emphasis is on ALL DAY. Yes, it is 8:30 P.M. on a Thursday and I just got back from having the time of my life quite randomly at a bar/discoteca? I still can't decide what kind of place that was. All I know is that it was awesome! My host sister Priscilla A.K.A. Picha invited Brittney and me to a bar called La Locomotora earlier. When she called, I looked at my watch and saw that it was only 2:30 in the afternoon. I was like, "Really? Who does that?" It just seemed a little less than classy if you know what I mean. I said yes of course! When Brittney and I got there Picha and her friend Carolina introduced us to some of their university friends. We got ... read more
Bar? Daytime discoteca? Both?
Me and Picha

I'm back in Chile baby! It's been EXACTLY two years to the day since I left but now I'm back and I cannot express the full amount of my contentment nor joy at being here again. It's like I'm back home. It's weird. I got here today with my best friend Brittney who doesn't speak Spanish and we're staying with my old host family for a whole month. When our airplane landed I was so excited! And then instantly it's like I got back into a rhythm I thought I had forgotten. My host family asked if I needed help getting to the house but I was like, "No. I got this." And I did have it! Santiago, the capital, is an hour and a half away from Valparaiso where we're staying. But this time I ... read more
Cerro Baron
Me and Mama Sussy

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