Monthly Archives: December 2012

Magic in the Mountains: Samaipata

Samaipata is a picturesque tranquilo pueblito set in the Eastern Bolivian Andes, just 2.5 hours south of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It’s placement in the mountains meant much chillier weather than anywhere I’ve been since Bogotá- it was refreshing, … Continue reading

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A Bolivian Christmas in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

As I stood in the kitchen peeling Camotes for “candied yams”, my American contribution to our Bolivian Christmas dinner, sweat ran down my legs and car alarms chirped as the BANG BANG BANG of Christmas fireworks continued. As my host … Continue reading

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At Long Last, Bolivia

After spending one night in the Bolivian border town of San Matías, I stepped out of my shanty hotel and hopped on a moto taxi for the bus station. San Francisco should really adopt the idea, moto taxis could transform … Continue reading

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Brasília

Traveling sola again! I can’t believe I’ve been away for 7 weeks now, where do the days go? The 24 hour bus trip from Salvador to Brasilia was actually very rejuvinating. I woke up from a nap to see shadows … Continue reading

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Salvador de Bahia

Salvador de Bahia, set on the Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints Bay) opening into the Atlantic, has rich Afro-Brazilian roots that are still visible in the music, the cuisine and the Candomblé religion- a mix of traditional African and … Continue reading

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Alter do Chão, More River Travel and Belém

Following Manaus, we set out on the second of what would be three river trips for me, this one heading east to Santarém. It was like the first, but a little worse given we had to pay extra for food … Continue reading

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This is Why We Travel

Traveling is not always rainbows and butterflies. It can be full of challenges, of trying moments and of exhausting situations. At times, we find ourselves stuck on crowded, filthy, noisy river boats for days on end with nowhere to escape. … Continue reading

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