the mighty mojito

Ah the mighty mojito! Cuban Viagra! Or so they say. Classic or frapped it only takes a couple to keep the salsa going all night. Innuendo intended? Every restaurant in Havana serves them and every bar claims theirs are the best. The Mojito is Cuba’s national cocktail; legends of its origins abound.  The most romantic…

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oh canada

Another drive between Vancouver and Toronto. My third. It surprises me how much I enjoy these trips. In the car for hours on end, nothing to do but sing at the top of my lungs, horribly off key, listen to podcasts and thinking. It is a wonderful break. And I learn a few things:

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total eclipse of the sun

When your friend, who you swear was James Bond in an earlier life and his equally fabulous wife and daughter invite you to hop on their plane and go see the eclipse it is pretty hard to say no. So, I didn’t.

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backpacking with hunter

Hunter worked all last summer and lived with in what I have been informed is a shockingly inadequate allowance all year in order to save enough money to backpack around Europe this summer. He and three friends had the whole thing planned. They would go lots of places and see lots of football. France is…

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stairmaster by the sea

Ah Valparaiso, quaint little fishing village by the sea. Or so I thought when I booked it. I don’t know how I could have been so wrong. I really need to start paying more attention to the guidebooks. We drove into a huge crowded city that sprawls up very steep hills from the ocean like…

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the last leg

The actual physical border between Argentina and Chile is in the middle of Christ the Redeemer tunnel. The tunnel is 3km long. When it was built in 1980 it shortened the drive by 10 km, lowered the elevation by 600 m and eliminated 65 switchbacks. Even with the tunnel, getting through the pass in the…

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