Saturday, July 26, 2008

Why would anybody do this?

So in an earlier post I inferred that the scariest part of this trip was not the possibility of running into Maoist rebels in Peru, nor street criminals in Rio, but rather skiing down a mountain in Chile. I was wrong. Pictures of us hang-gliding over the beaches of Rio are at:

While soaring past Christ the Redeemer was the highlight of Ashley´s life, mine was probably landing. This of course was after flying for a couple minutes, hearing the guy piloting the ´plane´talk to himself in Portugese, and then look over at me and mutter in broken English, ¨turbulance¨ as we headed toward the high rise hotels on the beach. This is a word that terrifies me in a real plane, never mind in something that looks like it was possibly made from Legos.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


We have been in Rio for 2 days now and I already think it is my favorite city. We climbed Pau de Acucar this morning and then spent the next couple hours sipping coconuts on the beach of Ipanema. Life is good.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Another border crossing

Just finishing with Argentina. Pictures are at:

Iguazu Falls is maybe the most spectacular thing either of us have ever seen. Ashley had a great Birthday today celebrating here in the park on the Argentine\Brazil border. After an icredible week in Buenos Aires and a great two days on this side of the river, we are off to Foz do Iguacu tomorrow to see the Falls (or Foz) from the Brazilian side. Then a plane on Tuesday to our last stop on the tour in Rio.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

BA Arrival

We just arrived in Buenos Aires this morning. The city looks great and we already went for quite a walk. Just spent 3 days in Mendoza, Argentina which is in the center of the Argentine wine country. We did a pretty cool wine tour yesterday after renting bikes and riding around the town of Maipu. We´ll be here for the next week until taking a bus up to Iguazu Falls.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Chile Pictures

Colorful houses, more Plaza de Armas', and somebody thinking it was a good idea to put Brian in skis. All at:

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


After 40 hours, 3 busses, 4 taxis, 2 countries, and 1 drug dog sniffing border inspection we have made it to Santiago, Chile. Crossing the border was as sketchy/funny as imagined. I'm still about 5% sure Ashley and I were smuggled across, while the cabbie listend to Abba. Everybody is safe. We are going to be here for a couple days, then down to Valpo.