PERU: Cusco – Inca Capital

Posted by on Feb 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
PERU: Cusco – Inca Capital

This is my second visit to the capital of the Incan Empire. I can feel the effects of the altitude but have staved off any sickness with coca tea, the local remedy. I had a most successful trip to Machu Picchu on my last visit. The weather was great which is hit or miss during […]

ARGENTINA: Puerto Iguazú

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
ARGENTINA: Puerto Iguazú

The bus trip from Asunción to Puerto Iguazú proved to be less complicated than expected. Armed with some good movies and fortified by a three-hour nap the time passed quickly. Fortunately, I woke up before my stop in Ciudad del Este. Frankly, complications wouldn’t have mattered anyway since I had finally escaped Paraguay’s horrible capital […]

PARAGUAY: Asunción – #109

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Paraguay got on my bad side from jump street. I carefully gathered some decent US currency for their exorbitant $160 visa fee before leaving the states. When I tried to pay, the ratbags insisted that the condition of the bills was not up to scratch. This coming from a country whose sidewalks are post-apocalyptic, not […]

URUGUAY: Montevideo – Legal Weed

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Veni, Vidi, Widi. I came, I saw, I got destroyed. Well, that pretty much says it for Montevideo. Uruguay is the one country in all of South America where marijuana is legal. Even though tourists are not permitted to purchase it through pharmacies or other sanctioned outlets, quality herb is extremely easy to acquire. Staying […]

ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

This is my second visit to Buenos Aires, and it’s good to be in a familiar city that is not in turmoil. Things are peaceful and not in disarray. My spacious room is a temple of tranquility with its minimalist design and ample storage. A couple of days of this and I just might feel […]

CHILE: Santiago – Paradise Lost

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
CHILE: Santiago – Paradise Lost

After spending five days in the paradise of Rapa Nui and leaving with a warm glow, it took only five minutes for it to dissolve into the chaotic rubble that is Santiago. I regretted having left the island at all, and redoubled my commitment to return in the future. Perhaps, next year will find me […]

CHILE: Easter Island – Rapa Nui

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
CHILE: Easter Island – Rapa Nui

Easter Island easily scores in my top three experiences over the past five years. Is it because my prior destination was in the midst of a revolution of sorts? Did the mellow vibe place me completely under a spell where none of my usual rules applied? Perhaps… I lost my wallet on my second day. […]

CHILE: Santiago – Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments
CHILE: Santiago – Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets

Santiago is the friendliest big city in the world bar none. Even in the midst of Government abuses, riots, and demonstrations, the Chileans maintain their indefatigable friendliness and positivity throughout it all. It takes special people to endure the torturous reign of a Pinochet, and come out the other end unscathed by cynicism and depression. […]

UNITED STATES: Austin Texas

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Who would have suspected that a trip to Austin’s Sixth Street would prove to be more off-putting than many third-world countries I have visited, including the dread souks of Marrakech, Morocco. Take into consideration that Morocco is the only one of a hundred and seven countries to which I will never return. CAN YOU BELIEVE […]

UNITED STATES: San Diego – Family Fun Time

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
UNITED STATES: San Diego – Family Fun Time

By some welcome miracle, my bags made my connecting flight to San Diego. I finally caught a break after two months of serial debacles. My flight out of Chicago was delayed by snow and other technical difficulties, and I was already resigned to adding baggage to that list. Out of all the countries I travel […]

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