things I miss about South America
pisco sours ceviche humitas empanadas tablas endless flavors of ice cream completo hot dogs mate steaaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkk ALL THE FOOD the constant validation from men off the street (you always feel like you’re looking good, even if the attention is sometimes uncomfortable) the way conversations with strangers were so easily started (you perk up when you hear English—if you...
things I need to do now that I'm home
buy more than bags of pretzels and hummus start working, like, yesterday put sheets on my bed, hellooooo unpack. come on, unpack. go to my art studio and create! create! get out of vacation mode: you do not need to buy that gorgeous lamp, Natalie, because Roam will still be carrying it in like a month, I’m sure go to shows! lots and lots and lots of shows! first ave, I have missed...
hours spent on buses and planes
This was somewhat painful to tally… Bussing Quito—Banos = 3.5 Banos—Guaranda = 2.75 Guaranda—Salinas RT = 3 Guaranda—Riobamba = 2 Riobamba—Cuenca = 6 Cuenca—Ingapirca RT = 4 Cuenca—Galaceo—Chordeleg RT = 5.5 Cuenca—Loja = 4 Loja—Piura = 8 Piura—Lima = 16 Lima—Cusco = 20 Cusco—Aguascalientes (Machu Picchu) RT = 18 (4-hour bus ride turned into 14-hour bus ride due to a bridge being washed...
On my next trip to South America, I will do these...
Sleep under the stars in San Pedro de Atacama, see the sunken hand in the desert, and slide down dunes Take a boat down the Amazon and explore the jungle, tarantulas smarantulas Tackle Columbia, become a drug cartel princess (kidding—Columbia is one of the most magical places in the world, or so I’m told) Travel the less-traveled Bolivia (cheaper than Peru, even, and far less...
I am sitting at a sushi bar at the airport in Lima, Peru, where I have just had...– excerpt from my journal, stranded for five hours at the Lima airport.
the day I went skydiving
March 27, 2012. The day I went skydiving. I mean, I feel like I should have a story for you here, but, really, I jumped out of a plane and it was great. It was incredible. I would do it again every day for the rest of my life if I could. Okay. The guy (Adrian, 30 years of skydiving, jumps everyday, competes around the world and trains parachutists in the United States, Sweden, and everywhere...
Before coming to Argentina, Salta and Cafayate were far off my radar. I thought the highlights of this fair country would be Buenos Aires, one of the most beloved cities in the world, and Mendoza, where they might as well shoot wine out of their gorgeous plaza fountains. I never expected the endless beauty of the Quebrada de las Conchas, on the drive from Salta to Cafayate, or the quaint and...
I am like, super sorry that my “I’ll be back in three days” turned into “I’m going to sit on the couch and watch the Lord of the Rings and then sleep for a week and a half.” Super, super sorry. I have more things to show you. And because I like to finish things that I start, I want to get everything up here. Okay? Okay. Picking up where we left off: I was in Argentina, in the northwestern region,...
Patagonia at the Pioneer Press →
In case you would like a flashback to the epic times spent in Patagonia, here is the Sunday feature in the Pioneeer Press.
Quickly, because I leave for the airport shortly: Lots has happened since horseback riding. I went to Cafayate, took lots of pictures of what might the most beautiful natural place in Argentina, drank lots of Torrontes. Went back to Mendoza and went skydiving—oh yes. Skydiving. Came back to Santiago, for one last night with my Santiago family and a feast of margaritas and some food, too....
Change of format. Got bored. Everything should still be here, though.
on a random note
It is a universal truth that men who speak with a British or Irish accent gain like a thousand attractive points, regardless of the country. (Except, I guess, maybe in England or Ireland.)
Salta por siempre
So, here’s a vague summary of the time since Buenos Aires: -Left BA for Cordoba and the sensational promise of skydiving -A 14-hour bus ride later, we arrived to drizzling rain in Cordoba and found that skydiving was not possible due to the weather—and nor were any of the replacement activities we had planned, like horseback riding and cave trekking -We saw “This Is...