South America

A Quick Continental Crossing

I’ve always wanted to drive from the Atlantic to the Pacific. You know, see the continent. I finally did it…on Saturday. And, thanks to the careful use of airline miles and hotel points, I was able to accomplish the task for about $80 and without facing the endless monotony of...

Un-Bolivia-Able

It’s 5:00 a.m. at the airport in La Paz, Bolivia. I’ve just landed and I’m walking up to a cubicle with $160 in US currency to pay for a tourist visa. As I hand the customs officer the money, she looks cautiously at me and then begins to analyze the cash. She holds each bill up to the...

A Tale of Two Equators

When I discovered a ticket to Quito I could pay for with frequent flier miles for a flight that would get me back to my office in time for a weekly Monday-morning meeting…it just made sense to go and stand on the Equator. So, when my phone lit up with a “CNN Alert” about a huge earthquake...

[Nearly] Locked Up Abroad in Punta Arenas

Generally speaking, I hate to make general statements; however, in this case, I’ll say something in general. People from the States don’t travel as much as people from other countries. Perhaps it’s because we have so much to see and do in the States? Maybe it’s because we don’t have very...

Valparaiso: A History Lesson

Valparaiso is a name that appears throughout history. For example, on March 28, 1814 during the War of 1812, the U.S.S. Essex was sunk by the British in the harbor there killing 58 marines. There’s a touching memorial in the Cemetery for the Dissidents (non Catholics) that remains...

A Southern Journey: Santiago

Flying into Santiago, it’s hard not to be impressed. There are only a few cities I’ve visited where, on approach, I had to look UP to see the mountains. Santiago, Chile is one of those places. As soon as we landed, I felt at home. Maybe in a previous life, I lived on the south side of the...

Dining and Driving in Montevideo, Uruguay

So, after risking life and limb in Paraguay yesterday, I decided to take it a bit easier in Montevideo, the capital of neighboring Uruguay. After checking into the hotel, I asked for a suggestion about where to eat that was nearby and open now. The “open now” part of my...