Welcome to the portal into my adventures!  I plan to add frequent updates that coincide with my current travels.  Print's won't be for sale (since editing will be on the fly), but I hope you enjoy the previews and stories of new places in the world!

Cheers.

Bogota and Medellin

May 13, 2013

 

The realization that this country is different from the rest of South America comes instantly.  The food is unique, the colors are vibrant, and the salsa is EVERYWHERE. I spent hours just wandering the old city  of Bogota and hiking up to the church of Monserrate. However, the highlight was spending the day at a friends ranch house in the hills...where I rode a horse for my first time. A truly unforgettable day galloping around the countryside. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hopped up north to spend the weekend in Medellin. A weekend in Medellin isn't very conducive to picture taking. I ate far too much by day, and stayed up far too late by night. The city's new revival is incredible - beautiful, open, city-unifying architecture all connected by a clean/efficient metro system. Medellin is a must-see for any South American travel. 

 

Colombian hero, Botero, paints and sculpts only hefty subjects; people, animals, yonameit.

 

 

 


Ciao Bolivia

May 03, 2013

 

The post-salt flat journey was a quick shock to the system. Bolivia is overflowing with culture, color, and cuisine. We went from seeing mainly Nike and Puma to traditional dresses and farm attire...and for the first time on this trip I found people becoming the subjects of my photos. 
 
First stop, Sucre. Small colonial town with incredible architecture. We spent every afternoon in the local markets eating from stalls. Every ingredient and attention to detail was suburb! And we apparently aren't alone in thinking so; Google story about Nobu (current best restaurant in the world) owner investing in the upcoming culinary revolution here. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

To round out the trip I decided to spend my last few days in the lakeside town of Copacabana. Pictures are limited since I spent most of my time in a hammock and/or eating fresh trout. Rough life...

 

 

 

 


El Salar

April 28, 2013

Preface:

I apologize, this is a long one. However, the Bolivian salt flat tour was not just a highlight of this trip, but one of all of my travels combined. It is well deserving of the blog space - I hope you'll agree...

 
Realizing time was running thin and my month in Colombia was at risk, I said goodbye to beautiful Valparaiso and sped up to San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. Although mainly the jumping off point for Bolivia crossings and salt flat tours, I made time for floating in Lago Cejar (extremely high saline levels) and a sunset over Tebinquiche. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Freezing cold, my salt flat group piled into the Land Cruiser and hit the road early - first stop, Bolivian immigration and a quick desert breakfast. The sights from less than an hour in made me realize the next three days would be much more than just a salt flats visit!!!
 
 
 
Every corner we turned something new knocked us aback: a different colored lake, a different kind of flamingo (thousands of them!), a different rock formation. It was all more than the human mind is meant to handle - I found myself laughing as much from bewilderment as from jubilation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Even when the car broke down, it was in the perfect spot...
 
 
After a night in the salt hotel (walls, tables, floor...all salt...I even pinched a bit for dinner), it was time to hit the flats for sunrise. The morning was spent having fartoogooda time running around barefoot and taking endless perspective shots. 
 
 
 
 
However, my favorite part of the day was still to come. We stopped to see the salt being gathered for transport. The addition of new subjects to the previous infinite landscape was incredible - workers, vehicles, tools - I wanted to stay here for hours, but had to make due with 15 minutes?!? 
 
 
 
 
 
And as if the voyage hadn't been visually stimulating enough, we make a quick detour to visit a train graveyard outside of Uyuni. Honestly. A freaking train graveyard! 
 
 
 
 
 
I spent three days and two nights bouncing around the desert with some truly incredible people. My thanks and love go out to all of them for helping make this such a unforgettable and special experience. 

Leaving Patagonia

April 09, 2013

I made it further north to Los Glaciers national park. Starting the Patagonia send off in El Calafate - home of the Perito Moreno glacier. A stunning site: an above water face of 150 feet with another 500+ below...it's one of few left that is still advancing rather than retreating. 

 
 
 
And I had to make a quick stop at the Glacier Museum to sample Fernet in the Glacier Bar at 10 degrees. Ill spare you the pictures of me with drink in hand - that's what Facebook is for. 
 
Most impressive however was my next stop to the small mountain village of El Chalten. Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy loom in the background, making hikes - just as beautiful as Torres del Paine - accessible by day.  No bus necessary, just start from the hostel!!! The trees have started to change color, so every minute was pretty magical.
 
 
 
 
I also made time for a glacier hike on Viedma. Not quite as picturesque as Perito Moreno, but had a blast nonetheless. Got a cool shot of the guides blazing our trail!
 
 
However, one of my favorite moments was catching the final day of the annual gaucho festival (essentially a rodeo, but WAY cooler get-ups!).
 

The End of the World

April 05, 2013

This post will be a bit scattered. It encompasses Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, and Ushuaia. The post-TorresdelPaine part of Patagonia doesn't really fit into a specific category other than that...the End of the World. 

 
Here's a couple shots from my last day in Puerto Natales. After the trek, I was still in relaxation mode - doing my best to recharge after losing 10 lbs. I found out there were a few world renowned hotels within a long walk along the golden coastline, and figured they were worth a look...
 
 
 
 
La Remota is one of the top new hotels in the Americas (www.remotahotel.com). Beautifully built into the countryside - Howard Roark and Frank Lloyd Wright would have been proud. 
 
 
 
 
The Singular Patagonia was redeveloped from a massive sheep sheering factory (thesingular.com/puertobories-en) - the history of the company tells the story of Puerto Natales' beginnings. It was the perfect place to enjoy some stunning lakeside views. 
 
 
 
I left south for Punta Arenas pretty much for the penguins, but stumbled upon a cemetery that rivaled that of Ricoleta in Buenos Aires. The place was haunting and magnetic - I spent the better part of an afternoon here wandering. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And so I made it. The actual end of the world. Ushuaia. Aside from Antarctica (which is far outside the backpacker budget - believe me, I looked!), this is pretty much it. Although activities were limited, I got a high from just walking around knowing how far on the map I'd come. 
 
 
 
 
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