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South America March 8th 2004

Iquitos to Rio - 2 Months On New Years day I flew back to peru and a couple of days later flew to the city of Iquitos, a jungle city with no road access, and it was from here that I set off down the amazon. It took 2 boats and 4 days to arrive at the tri-border with Colombia, Peru and Brazil, the first boat was a large boat which held way to many passengers and too much cargo, meaning it stopped every 10 minutes to unload something but it was great sleeping in my hammock. The second boat ride was unexpected as I thought the first would go to the border but instead it stopped in Cabalocoche, a tiny jungle village where the locals surrounded me and some other travellers from Chile. After ... read more
Sailing Down the Amazon

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia March 6th 2004

Nice picturesque town at the tip of the SA continent, great food carne asados and seafood. ... read more

South America » Chile March 1st 2004

This is the trip report from my trip to Chile back in 2004, before I started blogging everything. Cliff Notes Chile is a country of spectacular scenery, friendly people and excellent food. My three weeks there were quite amazing, and I hope to go back. I will try to describe in words and pictures the adventure, but it really can’t be done. I expected Patagonia to look a lot like Alaska. Simply stated, I was correct. However, when I was taking in my surroundings I never thought: “yeah this looks like Alaska”. One main difference is the number of fjords in Chile—many more than I saw in Alaska. Other than that the differences are almost too subtle to explain. So you should go to both and compare. Chile does have an abundance of wildlife, mostly birds. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 20th 2004

Hola Amigos Last week I was busy job searching - I have a job already (starts in March) but am checking out all the options. I think I will take a job that pays a little less, but offers me free Spanish courses. I´ve been taking some, and can´t really afford it, so free ones is a good idea. This past week I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Great time, the woman there are awesome. The city is very European looking, lots of old buildings, etc, but the streets are littered with garbage. On garbage night, people would put there stuff out, but 10 mins later poor people (who are surprisingly dressed quite well) would tear through the garbage taking whatever looked like it might be worth something. Argentina is in serious economic problems, so we ... read more
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro February 8th 2004

South America » Brazil » São Paulo February 1st 2004

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Viña del Mar January 22nd 2004

Hola Amigos Here's the next update: If you are into mullets, you´d love it down here - i´d say at least 30% of the population has a mullet - and half of them are really greasy. The 30% doesn´t include the 10% who have rat-tails. Yes, rat tails. I thought they disappeared in the 80´s, but not here. I´ve even seen a few people with multiple rat-tails. Come to think of it, there entire culture is stuck in the 80´s. I´ve heard more Michael Jackson in the past 3 weeks than I have in my entire life. Other popular groups include: Culture Club, Elvis, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Queen, old school Madonna. 80´s music blares on the buses, the bars, the dance clubs, just about everywhere. I found an apartment yesterday. There was a teacher at ... read more
Kacki and I

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago January 16th 2004

Hola! Here's my second update. I'll start it off with what everyone calls me... 'Gringo' Gringo means foreigner here in Chile. The word originated in Mexico, meaning Greens go home - green referring to the US Dollar. So basically everyone from Europe or North America is considered a Gringo. Everyone knows I am a gringo as my complexion is very different - not many people have blond hair and blue eyes here, so its a dead giveaway. Last weekend was a lot of fun. Friday night I went over to Pato's friends house (Pato is the 36 year old who lives at my house). There was another Gringo there, so he acted as the translator. After the house party we all went to a Karaoke bar. We got home at 5:30 am! Saturday me and a ... read more

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