Monthly Archives: January 2004

Tantalazing tango – Buenos Aires, Argentina

After sleeping in Friday, I ended up lazing around for the day then grabbing quick nap before heading out to a tango theatre. Kelsey, Susanne, and I were front and centre for a spectacular presentation of classical, modern and some very cool theatrical tango. I was captivated by the intensity of the performers and sitting that close I could see that it came down even to the expressions on their faces. read more

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Settling in to the scene – Buenos Aires, Argentina

I arrived into Buenos Aires and even just riding the 1.25 peso bus ride to the hostel, I felt a lift in my spirits. I couldn`t really put my finger on it. Sure the weather was warm and the people seemed nice enough…but that wasn`t it. It was like I had been here before.

So I checked in and then went for a walk around to find something to snack on. First thing I noticed was how cheap things are here. I picked up some mini empanadas and then scoped out my hostel. It`s a really good layout as far as I can tell but I really didn`t talk to anyone that first night. read more

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South America so far – Santiago, Chile

Well if you want to come here its a really good idea to try and learn some Spanish. It`s not hard to find people to practice with, that’s for sure. Lots of people want to practice their English with you so it works out quite well.

Altho I stayed in a nice part of Lima, there are definitely areas that look quite dirty and decrepit. I remember seeing some guy throwing up in the middle of the street onto a pile of garbage. I only had a short time so I spent it all in Lima but apparently the places to go are Machu Pichu and a town nearby that is the party hub of Peru. read more

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Mom, Dad…I am joining the circus – Santiago, Chile

One night a group of us headed down to BellaVista which is where all the clubs and pubs are located. It was really bad music for the first bit but after a while, and a few drinks, it was danceable. They played some Latin type music and I got a bit confused. How do you dance to this stuff? I guess I had better take some lessons.

The next day, some people were going to this guy Pablo`s house. Apparently, some famous poet so I thought I would fulfil my education requirements for the day by joining them. Big mistake. I should know better than to do something for the wrong reasons. read more

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PDA Central – Santiago, Chile

I arrived into Santiago and was really impressed with how easy it was to get from the airport into the city. They have this bus called the Centropuerto which took me only blocks away from my hostel and only cost 1000. That’s about 2 dollars.

I wandered down the street which was lined with historical looking tall buildings and leafy trees. I was happy that it was hot but not too hot. I spent the first few days hanging around this park a block away, people and tree watching. read more

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Rapa Nui – Easter Island, Chile

I wandered into a hotel that I decided was worth splurging on as I had been through as much trauma as I could deal with for a day. I was lucky that the lady took some serious pity on me, making me some lemon tea and sorting me out nicely.

I ended up sleeping for the better part of the next few days and hanging out by the pool for the other part. I wandered around the town but I really didn`t feel very good reception. I watched a football (soccer) game then perched myself on a rock to stargaze for a while. As well, I went to see the Moai at sunset and it was stunning but not so much to make me stay for any longer. read more

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Antster Island – Rapa Nui, Chile

I left Lima and flew into Santiago which surprised me by looking like a very modern and clean city…but then I was only in the airport. I waited around the three hours for my next flight and noticed I was getting sicker and sicker.

There was this guy in front of me in the massive passport control line in Lima who was sneezing all over me. Who has a passport control on the way OUT of their country anyway? Whatever. I was sniffling and sneezing all until I boarded the plane for Rapa Nui. The flight was pretty uneventful as I had already watched all the movies that were on offer that looked remotely interesting. read more

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Hola Mi Amigo – Lima, Peru

I am just hanging out in the aeropuerto waiting for my flight. I got here way too early and internet is cheap (4 soles per hour for a great connection) so I thought i would catch up.

Over the last few days, I spent alot of time just hanging about. I walked around Barranco a bit (which is one of the nicer parts of Lima) and hung out at the hostel. They have hammocks and I found one of them particularly comfy. I played Spanish Monopolio and worked on my aim with the dart board. read more

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Paragliding – Lima, Peru

Next day after sleeping in, we found out that the wind was up allowing us to go paragliding. After being strapped in front of a non English speaking instructor, the wind briskly swept us away.

We sailed through the clear blue sky and I was in awe at how peaceful it was. Looking down over the Lima coastline and over the huge city sprawl boasting patches of green. I heard some beep beep beeping in my ear and looked back to find my instructor sending an SMS to someone. I guess to him this is just another day on the job, nothing special, cept that we were hundreds of meters high. read more

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Dirt piles – Lima, Peru

So I told you I was going paragliding but the wind was not up so a small group of us hopped in a cab and went to the ruins instead. As we walked up on it, I thought it was just a giant dirt pile until I noticed the tiny brick-like make up. Kinda like a really messy and uneven attempt at pyramids but spread out in a whole village going for miles. read more

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