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South America » Chile July 9th 2004

The Fray Jorge Forest has become a natural relic, a water-loving forest left behind from the Quarternary Period. One might say that it is a demonstration of what once existed of today's Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, during the last glaciation that occurred almost 30,000 years ago, when humid forests were distributed among even the lowest latitudes.The existence of the Valdivian humid forest at this latitude is caused by a permanent coastal fog, an extraordinary phenomenon that creates a suitable microclimate in which terebinth shrubs, cinnamon trees, myrtle, ferns and creepers can grow. ... read more
Culpeo Fox
blair wicht project

South America » Peru » Cusco » Inca Trail July 8th 2004

Othe 27th May 2004 I went to trek the Inca trail in Peru in aid of Scope. My goal was to reach the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. This was the 'lost' city that had lain undiscovered by the Western world for about 500 years until a Yale University graduate called Hiram Bingham found it again in 1911. Read about my trip at: read more

South America » Argentina July 5th 2004

Well I've just moved into a new apartment with a friend who's boyfriend has just gone back to the states and can't afford the rent at the moment, so I'll probably stay with her for the last couple of weeks that I've got here in Córdoba before I shoot off to Chile. Other then then that no real big news, I'm finally making some good progress with my spanish though which is great, I've still a lot to learn but atleast now I can have a reasonably understandable conversation about most everyday stuff so big ups to my new "profi" Lorena! :) On the weekend I went on a quick roadtrip with my friend Fabricio who was going to visit his family who live in the "wine capital" of Argentina, a city called Mendoza, it was great. Didn't get to see much of the city because ... read more
Me and Charlie
Fabricio's Family in Mendoza
Fideos caseros

South America » Argentina June 13th 2004

Well i just got back from a fabulous weekend in "las sierras" with my friends at one of their parents weekend houses, it was awesome! We went fishing, ate heaps of good food(as they do here), and on Sunday we went to a cool little town called Cumbrecita to visit Marianas Aunty and Uncle. It's so cool there, the whole town is built in a little valley up in the hills so there's really nice views from everywhere, and you're not allowed to drive your cars around on the streets so it's real quiet and peacefull. ... read more
Fly fishing
Un sorro(fox)
My new friends

South America » Argentina June 11th 2004

Well I've finaly found somewhere to live, it's in an apartment with a really little lady called Andrea(who looks like she belongs on the West Coast of the South Island - hardout alternative :) who works at night at a hotel and doesn't speak a work of english, and we've got a big as terrace on the roof with a great view of the city and my room is pretty big too so I'm stoaked. And it's only going to cost me about $150 for the month or so I'm going to live there so that's all good - it's only a 20min walk to the centre of town and... I found a Salsa dance school a few blocks away frommy house so will prob take a few lessons while I've got some time. yeeehhhaaaaaaa!    ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago June 11th 2004

Greetings, Its starting to get really cold here now. Last night it dipped below 0 for the first time. For those I haven´t told, i was in my first earthquake about a month ago. It was a small one, but still kind of neat. A few weekends ago was a long weekend. I went with a group of teachers from one of the schools to a cottage near Lago Vichuquen - about 4 hours south of Santiago. It was a nice relaxing weekend. We had a kick-ass BBQ as you saw from the photos I send a few weeks ago. One night last week I was watching TV and I heard a ton of sirens and a lot of people yelling. I looked out my window to see a riot. The protesters had lit the garbage ... read more
Chilean Soccer Victory Celebration

South America » Argentina June 8th 2004

Well I haven't really done anything this week, just basically looking around for a new tutor and somewhere to live but not having much joy. Yesterday I went horse riding though which was absolutely awesome! I was a bit worried at first because I'm usually really frightened of horses but the dude from the hostel that talked me into going asured me that not all of them want to eat your fingers and stand on your feet. And thankfully he was right, I had a great day and didn't get kicked off or anything. It was really nice to get out of the noisy city too, at the farm they have heaps of parrots flying around and big green paddocks and no smog, and we had an asado for lunch too which was a nice touch :) ... read more
All aboard, for now...
Parked up at one of the many good view points.

South America » Argentina June 2nd 2004

Well I've completed that 20hr Spanish course and I don't think I learn't anything. My best days are definately past me as I think sitting in a classroom at a desk hasn't got any easier for me. I'm loving Cordoba though, the weather is great all the time and the people here are generally really nice. They all think I'm a bit strange though because it's suposed to be the middle of they're winter, so they're all wearing full on jackets and scarfs and stuff and then there's me standing about a foot taller then everyone in my shorts and Jandals. Good old New Zealand climate aye... Well the other night me and a couple of others from the hostel cooked up a mean as "Asado", which in simple is a BBQ, but it's massive, with ... read more
The reminants of the asado
Umberto and Edwardo
The Men!!!

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos May 29th 2004

I was assigned by the company I work for to an audit in Colombia and Ecuador for 2 weeks, and the work was going to end a day before my 30th anniversary. I didn´t know if I was going to go back home to celebrate it with my friends and family, since I didn´t wanted to spend that day alone, so I thought... if I am going to be away from home on my birthday, I need to do something amazing, and that was the moment when Galapagos Islands came to my mind. I had one the the most incredible experiences of my life during that trip.... read more
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

South America » Argentina May 22nd 2004

Well I ended up staying in Bariloche for a few days because it was so nice there, and me and Mike saw a bit more of Romy too which was cool. She was so helpful, she showed us all the good places to get stuff we needed, took us out to cool bars for drinks and to watch football, and the day I left she came around to hostel and took me and Mike back to here sisters place for "Mate"(a form of tea they drink here, I will elaborate later) and heaps of "factures"(the most delicous bakery product ever) and then dropped me off just out of town so I got a good start for hitch-hiking. And a good start I got, after waiting for about 20mins an old guy picked me up and took me about halfway ... read more
Me with the Thumb out

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