Sad, but not tragic. A forced opportunity. Maybe even a fortunate adaptation…fuck it. Let's make taco salad.

Chile

The Return to Valparaiso

The Return to Valparaiso

And now we are back to Valparaiso.  And by “we,” I mean the Greater We:  Casey, Becca and Cameron (English teachers from Cusco and regulars at The Lost City), Reverend Dave and Wendy (friends from Portland), Ruth and Gali (from http://brokentaco.com/2011/01/10/50-hours-to-bariloche/).  Well, I guess I’m not traveling alone anymore… We meet at Angel Hostel, my […]


Pichilemu

Pichilemu

Finally, a sleepy beach town…this is what I’ve been looking for since The Sister and I left Mancora oh so many months ago.  Pichilemu (~14,000 people, sea level)  is on the coast of central Chile a couple hundred kilometers south of Valparaiso.  Upside is a fat, black, and empty beach (insert your preferred sexual euphemism […]


Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

After picking up my friend Becca in Santiago after a 6-month teaching stint in Cusco, it’s time to drink some wine and chill out.  We head first for Santa Cruz (~35,000 people, ~550 feet), the central city in the largest wine-producing region of Chile.  It seems like Becca is the first of several who are […]


Pucòn

Pucòn

As the bus pulls into Pucòn (~24,000 people, ~750 feet), the volcano beyond the lake at the edge of town…fuck…words escape.  There have been many towns where I’ve wondered why I’m supposed to be visiting here.  This one leaves no question. As I jump off the bus, I can see my hostel just down the […]


Return to Puerto Natales

Return to Puerto Natales

The Slovenians are on a mission.  We got back to Puerto Natales and as soon as I have dropped my bag on a bed in the hostel, they have already booked the last bus to Argentina.  In 2 hours.  No fucking way.  I have one foot with a chorizo attached to it, am tired as […]


Puerto Natales + Torres Del Paine Trek

Puerto Natales + Torres Del Paine Trek

The Slovenians and I could all tell we were going to like Puerto Natales (~20,000 people, sea level) before we even got off the bus.  At 11:30 pm we dropped our bags at the hostel, walked two blocks (while smoking the joint the owner of the hostel in Punta Arenas sold us…solid), and we’re picked […]


Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

A quick postscript to my Valparaiso stop:  While hauling ass to the bus station at 6 am, I ran by the city’s movie theater.  I’ve been dying to see a real movie since…well, since I moved to Cusco and was told I couldn’t see a movie because they don’t have a fucking theater.  In a […]


Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 12:35 pm:  I arrive by subway at the bus terminal and am immediately rushed onto a bus. (Wait a minute, motherfucker!  I need to grab my book and my Xanax…just in case things turn ugly…)  Thankfully, the trip from Santiago to Valparaiso (US$7) turned out to be quite scenic and short, […]


Santiago

Santiago

About a month before I left the States, I discovered that two of my second cousins were living in Santiago.  (Random?)  I hadn’t seen them in over 20 years, but it was at least a place to land and get my bearings in Chile.  Turns out that we had a ton in common and it […]


Arica

Arica

After being so anxious to leave for over a month, my last two hours in Cusco were spent in absolute panic.  For the second time in one year, I was giving up what most would consider an incredible life and setting out alone.  Only, this time, completely alone.  With no specific destination or timeline.  Existential crisis, when it finds you, is […]