Category: Exploring

Llao Llao

Llao Llao. In a Spanish speaking country like Argentina you might expect it to be pronounced “yao yao”, but around here it sounds more like “jao jao” when the locals say it. It is also the name of area west of Bariloche. There is a spectacular hotel there, reminiscent of the Banff Springs Hotel, a municipal park and hill that all share the Llao Llao moniker.

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Valparaiso, Chile – Day Two

Our second day in Valparaiso was more work and less play. Karen needed to put in several hours of work in the morning and she had to phone a client in the afternoon. I welcomed the chance to put together the blog post for our first day in Valparaiso. So today we decided to keep it simple. We planed to walk a couple of kilometers down the hill towards the ocean to find someplace for lunch.

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Valparaiso, Chile – Day One

After a few weeks of work and study in the country home of our friends, we have back a couple of bags and headed Valparaíso.  Valparaíso is one of the largest cities in Chile after Santiago. It is located 120 kilometers northwest of Santiago on the Pacific coast. Before the opening of the Panama Canal, Valparaíso was a major Pacific port for ships crossing the Straits of Magellan. There are a lot of buildings dating back to the 19th century. They make stop and imagine what they were like in their prime. The cobblestone roads that still exist most likely once carried horses and carts.

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My First Time Surfing

After leaving Colombia on the 26 of September, we arrived in Lima Peru.  We did many fun things while we were there (posts coming later). One of the things we did was to go to the beach. Lucas and I took surfing lessons. I was really nervous to take mine, but it was fun so I’m glad I did. The following video was posted a week ago, but I kept forgetting to make this blog. I hope you enjoy the video.

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Medellin is a city I had high expectations about. I’ve heard from so many sources how it has a great climate. It called the City of Eternal Spring. It has also cleaned up its act since the days as the drug capital of the world. It is safe and modern full of friendly people. So far we are enjoying our stay here.

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A Visit to Monserrate

Monserrate has been calling to us since we arrived in Bogota. It’s probably the one of the first things people see that makes them think, “I want to go there!”. When a sunny day finally appeared in the forecast, our mission was clear. Get to Monserrate.

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Some Sights and Sounds of Bogotá

Since arriving in Bogotá we’ve made numerous trips to various stores and we’ve all gone out to see some of the city. When the mood strikes we capture a few moments of what is going on around us. With 8 milllion people, there’s always plenty of people around.
Below are a dozen or so of those moments captured in short videos.

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Coffee: From Bean to Cup

Before we left Costa Rica back in March, we toured the Espiritu Santo coffee plantation in Naranjo. Our tour guide Ronnie explained it all, from the beans to how to make the perfect pot of coffee. In this post we captured the sights and sounds, but unfortunately not the smells of the freshly roasted coffee.

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