We have returned from three days and a couple of nights exploring part of Santiago. We left most of our belongings at our friend’s house in El Ajail and stayed at an Airbnb apartment for two nights in Barrio Bellavista. It seems like we keep finding the bohemian areas of cities south of the equator. The Bellavista neighborhood is known as Santiago’s bohemian quarter. The area has popular locations; the most noteworthy are Cerro San Cristóbal (St. Christopher’s Hill) and La Chascona.Read More
We have made it to to our friend’s home on wonderful, green acre and a half south of Santiago. We needed to get adapters for the plugs on our computers and phones. Shopping took a while. Our phones’ SIM cards didn’t activate effortlessly as advertised when we put them into our phones. Our electronics are plugged in now, but it is late and I think everyone else went to bed some time ago. I’ll update this post with better information tomorrow or as soon as I can!Read More
We arrived in Santiago, Chile just after 11:00 PM local time so we booked a night at a hotel just 10 minutes from the airport. It was a nice little place in a quiet, gated community with heated beds that Lucas and Karen immediately took a liking to. They were a bit reluctant to crawl out from under the warm covers in the morning. It is going into Spring down here now, but it is a bit cooler than we have been used to the past few months.Read More
Lima, Peru – First stop south of the equator! We were up early on the morning of September 26 to catch a flight from Medellin to Bogota. A few hours later we boarded another flight to Lima. We arrived just as the sun was setting. The sky was overcast, so it got dark quickly and we didn’t see too much as we landed.Read More
You may have noticed we haven’t traveled very far in the past four months. What can I say, we like Medellin. We have settled into another Airbnb apartment. This time we are on Calle 29, a dozen and a half blocks north of Poblado. Poblado is a very popular neighborhood for foreigners. That is not something that makes it attractive to us, we prefer more authentic Colombian experiences. But it does mean we could satisfy our desires for North America products, if we are willing to pay North American prices.Read More
We’ve arranged a lot of our accommodation on this trip using Airbnb. It has proven to be a great way to get long term, furnished places and we have met some really cool people along the way. Our current Airbnb apartment in Envigado is at the north end of city. Technically we are just outside of the El Poblado area in Medellin. But like many urban areas today, it is hard to tell where one ends and another begins.Read More
The drive through the mountains and down into Medellin from the airport was beautiful. So lush and green everywhere you look, except where the buildings and construction projects shoot up from the hillsides. We’ve had some heavy rain as we settle in for our first night in Medellin. This three bedroom place is in a much newer and taller building, but much smaller than our Bogota apartment. Hopefully we can be comfortable here. Time will tell.Read More
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