Posts made in March, 2009

How to access your money in Argentina

Posted by on Mar 31, 2009 in Argentina, South America | 3 comments

How to access your money in Argentina

Though I know most of you are waiting (somewhat) patiently for our Bolivia post, we thought it was important to interrupt the order of our blog temporarily for some travel advice. How to access your money in Argentina. Though we have been loving most parts of Argentina since we arrived 30 hours ago, one aspect has been hampering our fun. We couldn’t take out more than 320 pesos ($110 CAD) from an ATM at a time. With, with a hefty bank fee of $3 to $5 dollars a transaction, this was going to make Argentina notably more expensive than anticipated. To make matters even worse, we could...

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The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in Peru, South America | 3 comments

The Bad, and The Ugly

Ok, so “Peru was full of highlights”, “some of the most amazing sights that we have seen in our 307 days on the road”, etc. etc., but there is another side to Peru—a darker, frustrating side. What Allison failed to mention about the Amazon Basin is that everything there wants to either kill you or make you want to itch, a lot. Want to go for a relaxing swim to counter the oppressing daytime heat? Watch out for piranhas. Leisurely stroll through the jungle? Beware of the tree that shoots fire ants when you brush up against it. Relaxing in a hammock? Just be...

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The Good

Posted by on Mar 18, 2009 in Peru, South America | 2 comments

The Good

Peru offered some amazing sights, food and incidentals. The physical highlights in Peru were the Amazon Basin, Huacachina, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, Cusco, the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, and the floating islands at Puno. A food highlight was the amazing ceviche available all over but only really edible near the coast. Peru also offers amazing fresh fruit juices and Pisco Sours, a tasty drink made out of grape brandy, lemon juice and egg white. The cama busses, where the seats recline almost 180 degrees, were an overnight treat. And we lucked out with our Inca Trail weather, despite...

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What do big heads, body paint and a beautiful beach have in common?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2009 in Around the World, Chile, South America | 1 comment

What do big heads, body paint and a beautiful beach have in common?

Well, what do they have in common you ask? Easter Island!! Big Heads: This is the reason that most visitors go to Easter Island. These archeological attractions are famous worldwide. Body Paint: We were lucky enough to be there during the annual two-week Tapati Festival, and we got painted from head to toe and paraded around the town! Beautiful Beach: Though not blessed with many beaches, Easter Island has one of the best beaches that I have ever seen! It’s great! And did you know that the reason it is called Easter Island is because it was “discovered” on Easter Sunday? ...

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The best part about mainland Chile? Italianos…

Posted by on Mar 4, 2009 in Chile, South America | 0 comments

The best part about mainland Chile? Italianos…

What is an Italiano you ask? No it isn’t a tall, dark and handsome man [editor’s note: like Jon] but instead it is an amazing hot dog smothered in ketchup, tomatoes, guacamole and mayo (well, we acutally ask for them without the mayo)…. for the incredible price of $2 for 3 Italianos. Arriving in Chile was a shock. After months of cars being driven on the left hand side of the road we were back in the Americas where we must re-teach ourselves how to drive and how to cross the road. And for the umpteenth time Canada had the highest entry fee. It was also a big adjustment...

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