Viña del Mar is Valparaíso’s responsible and trend-conscious little sister working hard to come out from behind her older sibling’s über-cool shadow. Continue reading
A few months ago, I could not have told you the name of a single street in the entire country of Chile. I could make broad statements about the desert in the north, the mountains in the south, and a fertile wine growing valley surrounding the capital city in the center. The intricacies of this skinny country were nothing more than abstractions of guidebook details. Continue reading
A warm sunset breaks through storm clouds and shines down on Valparaíso, Chile. Continue reading
So you took high school Spanish, maybe even some classes in college. It’s been a few years, but you at least know how to say “hello,” “goodbye,” “I want a beer,” “where is the bathroom,” and “thank you.” Right?
Not so fast, there, weon. Chileans don’t frequently use “hola” or “adios.” They say “alo” and “ciao ciao.” Continue reading
Do you see the blue cat painted on the white door? Continue reading
Travel is a roller-coaster. If you’re doing it right, you spend more time at the top than at the bottom, but every ride has its share of ups and downs. Back home, we talk about what a great time we had: “this restaurant was delicious,” “that hostel was great,” “the experience was not to be missed.” Continue reading
With the sun recently risen, two sleepy backpackers walk down the clean sidewalks where the air smells of sugar, butter, and flour. The city of Mendoza has charms in spades, but “little” it is not. Continue reading