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South America » Brazil July 3rd 2019

Porque, amor Enquanto você pode ou não querer que sua cerimônia seja gravada, há boas razões para conseguir pelo menos um pouco de vídeo em seu casamento. Você definitivamente vai querer filmagens de toda a cerimônia, desde o início da procissão até a sua saída final, e especialmente as palavras importantes (e lágrimas e risos) que você compartilha no meio. A Cerimônia, como muitos outros filmes de Oshima, é freqüentemente vista como uma crítica social da sociedade japonesa. Na verdade, é um bom motivo para gastar um segundo atirador. Além disso, será à noite, então eu não quero um monte de flashes de câmera saindo o tempo todo. A Cerimônia (Gishiki) é um filme de 1971 dirigido por Nagisa Oshima, estrelado por Kenzo Kawarasaki e Atsuko Kaku. Roberts se sentou ao lado da própria lenda, Diane ... read more


Are you safer in the air or on the highway? Take a look! We drove this one, several years ago, all the way out to Key West. Florida Highway 1 The road that delivers drivers to paradise is also the most dangerous in the U.S. Florida’s Highway 1 stretches 545 miles, leading to the paradisal Florida Keys. While it can be tempting to soak up the infinite turquoise horizon as you pass mile after mile of tropical water, it’s best you keep your eyes on the road. url=https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/04/14/floridas-us-highway-1-is-the-most-dangerous-road-in-america-says-studyA studycomposed of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration concluded that over 1,000 people have died in car accidents on this road between 2007-2017. California Highway 1 Certainly no walk in the pa... read more
How about the Death Road?
Safer by train?
Oh give me a home!

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires June 27th 2019

One of the differences I find between Chilean and Canadian work culture is the amount of greeting/goodbye-ing that goes on. Canadians, I would say, and I don’t want to say we are not as friendly (although I think Chileans might say we are not), we are not exactly full of hellos and goodbyes in the office. Like, when you come into the office here, or when you leave, you might say hello or goodbye to who you see on the way to your desk. Whereas in Chile, you may go to your desk, but then you go around your group, and give everyone a handshake, or a kiss on the cheek, and then when you leave, it’s all the same process. Ciao ciao, decansas, hasta manana etc. etc. And when you first think about it, well ... read more
Come for the views, stay for the protests
Hittin' the Pari-zha
Comfortable spaces for the wealthy unliving

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito June 25th 2019

Here, lovely June is finishing and I felt the need to catch up with my writing. This time, I will be dealing with a new South American destination, and a way of travel I hadn't experienced by myself, that is...backpacking. Had I actually done it before? alone...alone? well...not really, I can't recall more than just booking hotels, but getting my gear and getting away on my own...I gather this was it. And guess what? I visited 2 hemispheres at the same time, that's right... De nuevo, por aquí tratando de adelantarme en mi atrasada escritura. Esta vez, les estaré compartiendo una experiencia en Sur América que no había tenido antes, mochiliar! Creo que esa es la traducción. Pero dirán, será que lo había hecho antes? a ver, sólo, sólo, no creo. En el recuerdo, tengo la ... read more
What a lovely scenery
Buying T-shirts for family
The beautiful Old Town in Quito

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Isabela Island June 17th 2019

Another early morning and a day packed with adventure. Kirsten as always sets an alarm on her phone and we were set to get up at 6:30. This was not a shower day for Chester, so 30 minutes is all that is needed to get ready. Except, the alarm did not go off this morning, and Kirsten woke up at 6:40. No matter, we were both ready by 7 and had 15 minutes for breakfast before our first pick-up. Today we were hiking an active volcano. The hike was 16 KM, which is about 10 miles. We had all our gear: hiking boots, rain jackets, water, sunglasses. Thankfully, there were only 8 of us on the hike with our guide. Everyone was young and fit, except of course the two of us. We get shuttled every ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » West » Guayaquil June 17th 2019

Today we started our journey home. We had a pick up at 5:20 AM, which was fine because the beds in our hotel were not comfortable and neither of us was sleeping well. We made our way to the pier with tons of other people and it of course started to rain, which is awesome standing in with all of your luggage and bags and slippery ramps. We had our luggage checked for fruits and animals and waited for our vessel to be called. The words had barely left Chester's mouth saying, "As long as we don't run into that horrible German woman, we are good." When, guess what? Inga our favorite German and her husband were on the boat with us again (the lady who kept trying to push Chester over on the boat to ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Centre » Baños June 16th 2019

A hectic few weeks gearing up for the Grand Re-Inauguration of the BIB, the volunteer children’s library where I’ve been helping out for over 10 years. In an effort to better utilize the facilities, we re-opened as the Centro Cultural Arte del Mundo (Art of the World Cultural Center) hosting more movies and theatre and offering more classes and workshops, in addition to the children’s library program (Biblioteca Interactiva de Baños) and the Secondhand Shop (BIB Bazar) that I run as a fundraiser. I spent quite a few days walking all over town asking restaurants to donate trays of food for our opening day celebration and hitting up business owners for prizes for our big raffle. I hadn’t realized how many people I’ve come to know fairly well over the years. Every single person I approached ... read more
Grand ReOpening!
Raffle Fun!!
Spanish Conversation Class


Today was the day Kirsten has been most looking forward to and Chester has been dreading. Diving day!!! Kirsten loves to dive and Chester tolerates it in exchange of making Kirsten go to a soccer game when we get home. The day started like most others with breakfast, and then we headed to the dive shop. The dive company was very efficient and organized which is not always the case in some countries. We met our other diver partners and good news there was only 6 of us diving. Large group diving is not fun. We started with introductions and an overview in the office. Then as it seems with everything here, we loaded into trucks and drove 45 min to the dock. This is the same dock we were at yesterday and the same we ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Isabela Island June 15th 2019

Kirsten was complaining that we are do not get to sleep in at all on our trip. Today we were able to set the alarm for 7 am! For us, that was sleeping in. Chester was in bed last night early with her ear all jacked up, and Kirsten stayed up watching horrible television. We both still got plenty of sleep and were up and ready to go! Today was a travel day to another island after our morning excursion. That meant we needed to pack up everything before we left. Packing up everything didn’t mean the little lizard that was crawling around in Kristen’s suitcase before she finished packing. We definitely have some little creatures in our bags that are probably coming home with us. Jorge, our guide, picked us up at 8:30 for a ... read more
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South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Puerto Ayora June 13th 2019

Our day started off early with lots of travel ahead of us. We were up, ready and fed by 6:50 when Ramiro picked us up and took us to the airport. Traffic was pretty brutal but we made good time. And just like in the states, by the time we got to our gate, the flight was delayed. It wasn’t as bad as when we left Houston, only an hour late. We flew from Quito into Santa Cruz Island which is the most populated island We deplaned and made our way through their customs and had to pay $100 each to get into the Galapagos. It was fast and painless. Waiting for our luggage wasn’t as bad as it could have been either, plus we had great entertainment. Some dude had on quite the disarray of ... read more
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