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…

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…

paso los libertadores

We left Mendoza at a civilized 10 am for our 421 k drive. According to Google maps it should take about 5 ½ hours. I called Bart, our airbnb host in Valparaiso and told him we’d be arriving around 4.…

along the inca trail

You miss a couple flights and suddenly your family doesn’t want to fly with you. So instead, we drove from Mendoza to Valparaiso. 9 hours along the Pan American highway. Luckily it is one of the most beautiful stretches of…

good-bye margaritas

Move over margaritas, I have a new favorite cocktail! The mighty Pisco Sour. Tart, sweet, strong and awfully yummy. Invented by American Victor Vaughen Morris at his Morris's Bar in Lima, Peru around 1920. We found them served everywhere. The…

lama temple

I have discovered what Buddhists have apparently known for centuries… size does matter. On a freezing morning in my first February, with guidebook in hand, I visited the Lama Temple.  I hoped to find respite from the biting Beijing winter…

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