What This Is All About

We'll be posting updates here periodically about our trip.

We'll do our best to provide content multiple times per week, though we usually fail spectacularly in this respect. Topics will likely vary as we'll write when inspiration strikes.

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We've created a map of our journey so far below:

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. The weather remained cloudy but it was still a beautiful drive. [Read More]

San Carlos de Bariloche

While we were in El Calafate, with less than ideal internet speeds, we received news that our flight was cancelled from Buenos Aires to Bariloche… the flight we were supposed to take in three days. Bariloche- the place we were supposed to be meeting our friend David who was coming all the way from San Diego for a two week trip. Cue panic and several WTFs. After many phone calls and being on hold, Ryan was able to sort through what happened: The labor unions called for a nationwide strike for the same day our flights happened to be, so the airline had to cancel all flights for that day. [Read More]

El Calafate...

...and El Chalten

Our next stop was a two hour flight northwest to El Calafate, which is also the name of a of berry local to the region. This city is has a population of about 20,000 people and would you believe it- pink flamingos! Here is poor quality picture proof, because let's face it I'm not a professional wildlife photographer. We rented a car last minute, which allowed us to 1) Experience Argentine driving for ourselves and 2) Explore the city while staying warm. [Read More]

Ushuaia

The City at the End of the World

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in Argentina. It's surprisingly bigger than we expected- about 100,000 people call the city home. Also surprisingly, it is a major manufacturing and shipping hub of the country. There is definitely a strong industrial vibe outside of the touristy center. It is cool being in a city while seeing and feeling these tremendous mountains all around; it truly feels like the end of the world! [Read More]

Tierra del Fuego

Land of Fire

In the house I grew up, we had a big world map hanging up in the hallway upstairs. Twice a day when I would brush my teeth and was otherwise unoccupied for two minutes, I would study this map. One place always drew my attention: Tierra del Fuego. Land of Fire. Doesn't that name make your imagination run wild? What must the land look like to inspire such a name? [Read More]

First Impressions of Buenos Aires

I have been enjoying my first few days in Buenos Aires immensely. We've been doing a fair bit of walking around the local neighborhood (Belgrano), mostly to coffee shops. We did spend one day in the car with Ryan's aunt in San Isidro and one day by car in Palmero, Recoleta, and Almagro. I will get better pictures later but here are a few to whet your appetite: Palace of the Argentine National Congress [Read More]

Dulce de Leche

...on everything

I had heard tons about _dulce de leche_ before ever making it to Argentina because of Ryan and his obsession with all things sweet. It was still severely underrated. For those of you who have never been lucky enough to try Argentine dulce de leche, it's similar to caramel but 1000x better. Take sweetened milk, heat slowly, and voila! (via the Maillard reaction) you get this delicious, creamy, thick condiment to put on toast, cookies, fruit, or to have in lattes, ice cream, etc. [Read More]