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Bus Lagged Bolivia

Happy to be in Tarija (and off a bus)

We arrived in Bolivia already half-dead from an epic 26-hour bus ride from Mendoza. The decision to “Get the hell out of here” came long before the wine capital of Argentina, but after working our way down to the southern…

Arequipa, Peru

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For a moment, I would like to write about what I’m currently doing, as opposed to things I’ve done some time ago. Don’t worry, dear readers, there will be posts upon posts about couchsurfing in Santiago and Mendoza, about our…

Glaciers and Snow-Capped Mountains: El Chalten

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Whales and penguins were in our rearview mirror, and so too was Puerto Madryn. It was an excellent start to our Patagonian leg of our journey, but we still had farther to go. Much farther. Despite the penguins, we had…

Puerto Madryn, Argentina (Part 2)

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This is the second part of my adventures in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Part 1 can be found here. As the sun slowly set over the Patagonian desert, Christine and I had a decision to make. We had checked out of…

Puerto Madryn, Argentina (Part 1)

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So far, Christine and I have had a momentum problem. Every time things seem to be going well, a random bit of bad luck comes along and knocks us on our asses. Case in point: we were due to leave…

Darjeeling

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The 16-hour train ride to New Jalpaiguri and the subsequent 3-hour jeep ride to Darjeeling gave us time to chill out from a stressful last day in Varanasi. The noisy, hot, packed train (at one point there were 18 people…

Khajuraho

I'll spare the reader the close-ups.

Yesterday was a long, but mostly pleasant trip on a train. The trip lasted more than 8 hours, and we were more than a little nervous at a few points, when the train didn’t seem to be going where we…

Delhi

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Sometimes, stereotypes are true. In fact, they are true a good deal of the time. So far, I’ve found every single stereotype about India to be spot-on: the traffic, livestock in the streets, abject poverty paired with incredible sights. When…

The Five Stages of Purchasing a Lonely Planet Guide

You got me again, Lonely Planet.

I didn’t want to break-down and purchase the India Lonely Planet. Really, I didn’t. Yet, the sizable tome–one that I’m sure could be used as a lethal object in case of emergency–sits on my desk. Post-it notes have been carefully affixed for…

Preview: India and Other Things on the Horizon

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As the days in March dwindle, and winter slowly loses its grip on the Korean Peninsula, my impending trip to the Indian subcontinent looms larger and larger ahead. If I largely eschewed technology with my previous trip to the Philippines, I…

Positively Buoyant

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>Buoyant (adj) 1. Able or apt to stay afloat or rise to the top of a liquid or gas. 2. Cheerful and optimistic My trip to the Philippines got off to an uneventful start. I can’t quite explain it, but…

Manual Me

This is a follow-up on a previous post, e-Me. On Saturday morning, I’ll be jumping on a Korean Air flight to the Philippines. This will be my first new destination since my spring trip to Europe in 2008. I remember…