Tag - south america

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...

Safety Second in Asunción, Paraguay

“Let me put it to you this way: Do you have any hobbies?” I asked. “Yes. I like singing and going to the gym. But at different times,” She said. “Makes sense. Doing them both at once would be challenging, I guess. Anyway, as for my hobby, I go to new countries.” That was the crux of my...

Peruvian Esteem

It’s taken me awhile to put pen to paper (or, more truly, fingers to keyboard) on this one. I’d love to tell you that there’s a simple explanation like I’ve been too busy. However, in all honesty, it’s been because there was something different about this trip. Something about the place...

Dumpster Diving (And More) in Bogotá

If you said to me in August, “By the middle of September, you’ll be riding through the streets of Bogotá, Colombia in a cab listening to Frank Sinatra’s version of Jingle Bells,” I’d likely have said, “I’ll believe you up until the Jingle Bells thing.” Well, you would have been right and...