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Friday, August 5th, 2011
3:43 pm
Argentina and Chile
I am a girl from Georgia who lives in Chile and recently I took a trip to Mendoza, Argentina. Here are some of my photos from this lovely town plus some more of Valparaíso, where I live in Chile. You can find more photos and info on life here at my blog: http://catherineelise.wordpress.com/ I´d love to make new travel friends! :)

As listed in my blog, for those interested in Mendoza, the boutique hotels are really cheap there. I highly recommend Bohemia Hotel and Boutique. As far as restaurants, 390 Pastas and Clementine Café are the best places in that city. From where I live in Valparaíso, you can take a bus there in 8 hours for 20 dollars -very cheap way to travel compared to the 200 dollar airfare. The biggest attractions there are the wineries and the best one I have been to out of the 6 or 7 was one called VistAndes. This city is AMAZING and anyone in South America needs to make a trip there.

More photos here...Collapse ).
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
6:06 pm
Hey, any other bloggers out there? I live in Chile and have started a blog if there´s anyone else that would like to be blogger buddies, here´s mine: http://enterrandolamparas.blogspot.com/
Monday, July 26th, 2010
5:29 pm
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Friday, January 22nd, 2010
1:46 pm
Brazil Bus journeys
Can someone please tell me how much approximately the following bus journeys would cost, any nice places imbetween, and recommend how long I stay in each. Also, would it be cheaper to buy a $500 ticket for internal flights or use bus travel overland? I already have some areas planned.

30th june-15th august

Arrive Rio, spend some time in Rio and up to a week voluntary work


Ilha Grandes




Sao Paulo




Ouro Preto ( i can miss this out if it's too far out of the way?)


Back to rio to catch internal flight to Manaus for 31st july-13th august, 10 day amazon tour planned and spend a few days in Manaus before to go to museums, the market, the teatro.

> fly home on 15th August

Also, how much approx should I budget? I'll be staying in hostels £9-15 and would like to do some couch surfing, my 10 day tour is costing £445.
9:18 am
Oh hello!

I am currently sitting in my lovely Chiang Mai hotel room with my partner and 14 month old child. We are so full of travel itch that being here instead of Canada is not satisfaction enough, so I have already begun planning next winter's trip to South America. What? Shouldn't I be templing or getting massaged or something? What can I say, I live in the future.

I'm looking for information on driving through Patagonia. Specifically we would like to rent/buy a vehicle and camp for at least a month. I want books/websites/blogs that tell us about:

- where to rent or buy a vehicle and the approximate cost
- specific campsites and how much they cost
- what gear to bring
- personal accounts of this journey

Us West Coasters are also more than familiar with long term 4x4ing, rustic camping conditions and first aid requirements for isolated areas, so we have a slight idea of what's potentially in store for us and we're aching to get to know it.

Also, I'm thinking we will mosey around Peru, Bolivia and Chile while we'e in the neighbourhood. All with a two year old! There must be at least a few thousand others who have done exactly this (minus the two year old...), and I want to know all about it.

p.s. Anyone need advice on traveling with a baby? I can help you out. It's not nearly as insane as it sounds. Well, for the most part...

Current Mood: morningy
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
11:36 pm
enrolling in school/working in a spanish speaking country
I am a current upcoming Junior in college getting a double major in Spanish and doubling it with either Anthropology or International Relations. I basically just want to end up preferrably living and working in South America. I know it's not as simple as moving down there, with lots of paperwork,etc. and I really don't want to just end up teaching english. I'm thinking about the reality of after graduating here, moving down there and enrolling in school and majoring in something more technical, business-like or psychology perhaps, and useful to start a career in the continent that I love. I'm thinking of either Spain, Argentina, or Chile for the school part.
Does anyone have any experience with this, or have any friends who have done this? I'm basically just at a mid-college crisis needing some guidance and not wanting to end up teaching Spanish here or teaching English in another country.
Thanks for any help.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
5:57 pm
study abroad
I have the option of doing a 2month Argentina(Buenos Aires)/2month Peru program, OR a 4 month Valparaiso, Chile program. I've been to Peru and have friends there, but I was wondering everyone's opinions on Argentina vs. Chile, experiences, thoughts, etc.
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
2:25 pm
i work for a (very leftist*) think tank on the americas. i get to write my next piece on whatever topic i want to, as long as it relates to the countries in this hemisphere--but i can't find something that i want to write about.

so, is there something you're "dying" to get out there? something you think academics, policy makers, and politicians around the spanish-, english-, and portuguese-speaking world need to know about?  let me know. so i can let them know.

* my boss will not let me write anything anti-castro, anti-chavez, anti-alba
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
7:18 pm


Hi to all,
I'd be glad to answer any question about Brazil. I`ve been living here for 3 years, so I have a deep knowledge of this country, Brazilian people, business rules and customs , immigration laws and procedures  and Brazilian Portuguese.  

Best regards,


Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
12:22 pm
obscure question
but does anyone know that one bachata/reggaeton song that goes like fikke fikke fikke fic fikke fikke or whatever... lol i was really drunk last night and i liked it but i couldn't understand any of the words other than that. if anyone has any idea what i'm talking about please let me know!!!
Monday, March 16th, 2009
8:27 pm
(cross posted)

Hello!  I'm looking for info on Guadalajara, Mexico,  and surroundings.  I'll be there to entertain myself for a couple of days before my friend meets up with me (and he's from there, so he'll have some ideas, but we have differing interests so I thought I'd get the opinions of some other folks!)

What would you check out, apart from the big historical sights downtown?  I'm very much interested in what's going on with the young folks there- politically and socially.  Are there any radical bookshops/infoshops or cultural centers?  Where do the political types hang out- neighborhoods/cafes/schools/etc?  Good venues for music or poetry?  What about queer hangouts (particularly women- not too interested in hanging out in boy bars/cruising spots!)?  And, anything just generally interesting and relatively easy to get to. 

Thanks for your help!!

I'm going to attempt a version of that in Spanish- please excuse my errors.

Hago muchos errores- disculpa!

Estoy buscando informacion de Guadalajara, Mex., y lugares cercanos.  Voy a estar por alla sola por 2 o 3 dias antes de la llegada de mi amigo (quien es de Guad., y tiene unas ideas, pero tenemos intereses diferentes entonces pensaba de preguntar otra gente por sus opiniones!)

Aparte de los sitios historicos al centro, que debo visitar?  Estoy interesada en que pasa con la juventud- politicamente y socialmente.  Hay algunos librerias radicales o centros culturales?  Donde estan los tipos politicos- barrios/cafes/universidad/etc?  Hay lugares buenos por el musico o poesia?  Lugares donde pasan tiempo los gays jovenes (mujeres en particular)?  Y cualquiera cosa interesante en general?

Muchas gracias por su ayuda!
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
2:47 pm
estoy muy interesada en el tipo de musica que escuchan los jovenes en america central/sudamerica/mexico. me quiero mejorar el espanol y cuando puedo encontrar musica en espanol que me gusta, me ayuda mucho. :)

i don't know if i said that all correctly as my spanish isn't that great, but what i tried to say was:

i'm really interested in the kind of music that young people listen to in central/south america/mexico... i want to improve my spanish and when i can find music in spanish that i like, it helps me a lot. :)
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
6:40 pm
Petroleum of Venezuela at the service of the state, people and revolution

Oil is often called a «blessing» of Venezuela, and quite often its «curse». Development of bottomless reserves of «black gold» brought huge profits to the country, but it also brought a lot of harm to harmonic development of the state.

http://www.tiwy.com/pais/venezuela/petroleo/eng.phtml (21 photos, 3Mb)
Friday, February 27th, 2009
7:12 pm
Looking for a travel companion to Costa Rica!
Hi, community!

I'm looking for a travel companion to Costa Rica, March 20 - April 6.
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
1:14 am
The community the_recession is looking for Live Journal members around the world to participate in a very brief poll checking off the economic conditions in your area. By the end of the poll (open to members and non-members, alike) we hope to have a better idea of what the global economic situation looks like right now. If you would be so kind as to help please go here to find your country, territory, colony, or state.

Thank you! :)
4:56 am
Potosi and Sucre, Bolivia
Sucre is rather a tidy town, which according to the Constitution is a capital of Bolivia, but in no way can claim such a stately role. It is situated in the mountains, but not so high as La Paz, Oruro or Potosi, at the comfortable height — 2750 m. Today its population is 250 thousand people.


Potosi — is a small, slightly cheerless, but interesting and pleasant town at the height of 4 km above the sea level. The town is a capital of the Bolivian department of the same name.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
10:46 pm
Dear friends!
Those of you who have been to Cuba!
Would you help me with some useful information?
I'm going to make a large photographic project there. May be you have some good acquaintances there? Some insiders (fixers) who can coordinate us when we come? English speaking guides? Owners of night clubs or just persons who have many contacts in the area?
maybe some cheap lodgings?
Guys who can help?
Or interesting personages who can become the heroes of the photo-story (maybe some musicians or auto-mechanics for example)
My best regards,
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
6:57 pm
I'd like to ask for some help - my great-great-great Grandfather came from Cuba to the States in his late teens / early twenties on a visit (Maine), met someone, they married, but he left her after they had four children and went back to Cuba. No one really knows what happened to him, he never was heard from again, although I do have an estimated year of death. His daughter tried to find him for years through a priest she contacted there, but he never really gave her any information, other than his death. His name was Juan Bernadino Palacios and he was born in Trinidad, Cuba.

Now, my question is: is there any other variations of names that he could have used? Or spelled? For instance, my Great Grandmother's name was Edith Ester Vaughan, but in some records she went by Ester Vaughn or Edith Vaughn. It might help me to try to bring up other documents if I had another possible variation of his name. I have no idea what his parents were named, in the records that I find, all I see is that he marks his parents as foreign-born and as far as I am aware they never lived in the US. I do know he lived in Maine and moved from there to Philadelphia. Any suggestions on where I could research this further that would be more specific? Ancestry.com doesn't really give me much.

And one more thing about the name: Would Juan Bernadino be his first and middle name? Or, like in Russia we give names like Elizaveta Mikhailovna, which would be my name + my fathers name feminized.
8:14 am
Mods, if you object to shameless self-promotion, feel free to delete this, but it may be of interest to members of this community, especially considering the last post. After several years of studying and living in Bolivia, I've started a blog to discuss the political situation there. It's at http://www.karaspita.wordpress.com and I'd love it if you would check it out.


Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
2:39 pm
Bolivia to Vote on New Consitution With Abortion Rights, and Protections for Sexual Minorities
Bolivia will hold a nationwide referendum this Sunday for its constituents to decide whether to approve or reject a new version of the country's constitution that would provide for abortion rights, religious liberties, and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.

Take action to urge the President and Vice-President to vocally support the referendum publicly.
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