Monthly Archives: August 2013

Skiing in Chile

Well, it finally happened. After close to 10 years of dreaming of skiing in Chile I got to check it off the bucket list. Bluebird skies, fresh snowfall and super fun above tree line runs made for a great day that lived up to all my expectations. Unfortunately, rather than being able to cross that […]

Wine Tasting in Chile

After waking up to pouring rain in ValPo on day 2 we decided to skip further sight seeing and art gazing and head out into wine country. We decided to visit Casas del Bosque winery in the Casablanca Valley and Monte in the Colchagua Valley. The former is known for its whites due to its […]


Valparaiso, or ValPo, is a cute seaside city known for being a colorful, living canvas. We spent 2 days there, taking in the sights and admiring the artwork that is literally on every street corner. It was a lovely, relaxing place to find ourselves after the long car journey from the North. In this case, […]

Driving from Arica to Santiago: The Desert Chronicles

After successfully crossing the border into Chile (just barely as I had overstayed my visa in Peru by 97 days…) we rented a car in Arica and started the long journey southward to Santiago. We had a whole lot of desert, 1,300 miles and 3 intensive days of family time to look forward to. Plus, […]


After MP and some lovely downtime in Ollanta we took an overnight bus from Cuzco to Arequipa. The bus ride took about 10 hours and included dinner, blankets and terrible American movies dubbed AND subtitled in Spanish. We arrived at Arequipa early and checked into our lovely hotel, Nueva Posada, before venturing out to explore. […]

Machu Picchu Round 2

I headed back to Machu Picchu but this time I was with family and sunshine rather than Andy and rain. While I wasn’t necesarily excited for the hoardes of tourists round 2 I was excited to see MP bathed in sunshine in all its glory. It was also fun to go back so I could […]

A fond farewell to Ollanta

It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about how excited, nervous and relived I was to have finally arrived in Ollantaytambo, my home for 6 months. And yesterday I found myself saying goodbye. It was a tough goodbye, one that I felt came too fast but I know that after having had this […]