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Overnight in London

A small leap across the pond

It was about time that we left South America and continued onto our next adventure…Europe! We found tickets on Norwegian Airlines direct from Buenos Aires to London Gatwick, leaving at 11:00 AM and arriving at 4:00 AM. For about $700 each we were in their “Premium Class” (business class doesn’t exist on budget airlines). It was well worth the price for a 12.5 hour flight. We had tons of leg room, two free meals, free alcohol (we didn’t partake, but it’s an option), and an entertainment tablet sitting in the arm rest. [Read More]

Punta del Este

We decided to take a short trip across the river during our last few weeks in South America, and arguably the quickest flight we’ve ever been on. A whole thirty minutes in the air to Punta del Este, Uruguay. For the uninitiated, Punta is a famous beach town here in South America, busting at the seams with tourists during the summer months of December to March and (as we learned) virtually empty during the off season. [Read More]

5 Things I Love and Hate About Buenos Aires

Sometimes I miss home, other times I forget all about it

It’s been almost three months since we left the US to begin this trip. In that time we’ve spent time in various parts of South America, but the bulk of our time has been spent in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There’s a lot to love about this city, but it has its quirks too; and Argentina is a far more dysfunctional country than the US. So without further ado, here are the five things I love most about Buenos Aires and the five things I hate the most about Buenos Aires. [Read More]

The Raymonds Come to Visit!

I cried when I found out my parents were coming to visit us 😬 I was so excited!! High on the priority list was obviously ice cream. Our favorite at the time- LadoBueno. The second stop was the most beautiful bookstore in the world- El Ateneo Grand Splendid. It’s in an old theater and just begs to be photographed. We went to the Teatro Colón to see the Orquestra Filarmónica de Buenos Aires. [Read More]

Iguazu Falls

Welcome to the Jungle

Have you ever been to a place that fills you with such awe that no picture or description could possibly convey the true power of what you’ve witnessed? A place that must be experienced firsthand to be truly known? Well, I would say this is pretty accurate for almost 100% of the places we’ve been to so far on this trip, but it’s especially true of Iguazu Falls. Just be sure to keep that in mind when looking at these pictures😜. [Read More]

San Pedro de Atacama

High and dry

The Atacama desert is one of the driest places on Earth, second only to Antarctica. It also exists at an extremely high elevation (which is part of the reason for the minimal moisture). San Pedro de Atacama was suggested as one of the top places to visit in Chile. As with much of our trip, we didn’t have much of a plan once we arrived. We found a quaint Airbnb the week before we were set to arrive. [Read More]

Santiago

"Sanhattan"

We were very happy to be on our way to Santiago the day after the unsettling news on our last day in Valparaiso. Our friends were incredibly generous and lent us their apartment in the ritzy Las Condes neighborhood while they were out of town. After spending a week in slightly uncomfortable accommodations in Easter island, and then feeling unsafe in Valparaiso, we were incredibly happy to be in a place that was clean, comfortable, secure, etc. [Read More]

Valparaíso

The Colorful, Poetic Port City

Valparaiso is a port city about one and a half hour’s drive from Santiago. It is a city known for it’s colorful houses, cool graffiti artwork, and hills that will leave your legs feeling sore. UNESCO even labeled it a World Heritage site. The city feels like the Latin version of San Francisco. Dotted along the hills, to help transport people up and down, are ascensores, or lifts. It cost us 300 Chilean pesos each (~50 cents) for this opportunity. [Read More]

Easter Island

The Most Remote Inhabited Island in the World

Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, is a very peculiar place. Looking at a map, it is a tiny speck literally in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean in every direction. The only way to get there is by flying five hours either from Santiago or Tahiti. The island is famous for it’s mysterious giant stone statues, called moai. Archaeologists have documented up to 887 moai in existence here, all carved from porous volcanic rock and transported all across the the island- no easy feat! [Read More]

La Ruta de los Siete Lagos

The Route of the Seven Lakes

After a couple days in Bariloche, we hit the road towards San Martin de los Andes, along The Route of the Seven Lakes. This is a famous scenic drive past snow covered mountains and deep blue lakes that technically only takes about three hours one way. Most people turn it into a several day trip, staying overnight along the way, something we opted to do on the drive back down. [Read More]