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Missed Encounter: Venice

When you travel, you meet people. Specially if you are traveling alone.

Many of you have stories of people you’ve met, how you were best buddies in a blink, and then followed your own path as your travels set you apart. You may even have some of these friends on Facebook, I still do. And yes, we all know we won’t see them again.

I want to talk today about one of those missed encounters. It was not a question of culture or language. It was an honest mistake. Continue reading “Missed Encounter: Venice”

5 reasons to visit Doha

Most  of us choose a travel destination based on popularity. Whenever you want to hit a new continent or region, you will most probably hit the “basics” first. At least that’s how I plan many of my travels. Until I went to Doha.

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The Nomadic Life

Have you ever heard of people that quit everything and just travel?

We have read stories like this in all kinds of places: blogs (like this one, this one, or more here), novels, and even the Bible. I am about to that as part of my job. Oh yeah, I travel for a living. Continue reading “The Nomadic Life”

Buenos Aires, the love and hate city.

I have a love and hate relationship with the city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. As I child, I was obsessed with it. I did not live there but had visited it several times and loved it. I had family and friends there so I never got bored. Continue reading “Buenos Aires, the love and hate city.”

NYC in NYE

New York is a thriving, exciting city. Everywhere you go, there is someone with a camera (or GoPro, or any sort of photo-taking device) and a guidebook in hand. Now, New York for New Year’s is simply the worst. Hordes of tourists emerge from places you did not know were there. You cannot even think of going for lunch at a decent hour because lines will queue in every diner and food cart. Let alone visiting any museum. How did I survive this holiday, then? Continue reading “NYC in NYE”

The beauty of being thankful

This is not big news: when something is regular in our lives, we take it for granted. José Ortega y Gasset, the famous Spanish philosopher, highlighted repeatedly how we accepted that the ground beneath out feet would support our weight every morning. When beauty is common, it is no longer exceptional. I challenge you to go back to the basics and be thankful for the beauty around you. I am thankful I grew in up in a place like this:20140719_102939

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The beauty in the ugly: how Puerto Montt can be a nice place too

Anyone from the Argentine side of the Andes will be puzzled if you told them you are visiting Puerto Montt. “Why?” they would ask, and add: “it’s such a horrible city”. Yes, Puerto Montt is not traditionally a tourist city but, as I said about Osorno, its raw look poses a challenge to discover its beauty. Continue reading “The beauty in the ugly: how Puerto Montt can be a nice place too”

Oath before God and the Nation: Chile’s 10th of July

The new conscripts at the military base stationed in Coyhaique (Chile) have taken the oath to the nation today. Technically speaking, it was before the nation (the patria or fatherland) and to the flag. Continue reading “Oath before God and the Nation: Chile’s 10th of July”

#Themiddleofnowhere and happy

In Patagonia, the Andes mountains get lower and the valleys wider. You wouldn’t believe me if you flew from Puerto Montt because all you see during the flight is rocky peaks loaded with snow. I mean, loads of snow in a never-ending sight of white. During the 1-hour journey you wonder two things: Continue reading “#Themiddleofnowhere and happy”

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