Travel

There's a moment of clarity, just before you begin, when you think calmly to yourself, "Why am I doing this?" Then the calm is shattered by sheer terror as you are flung out over the abyss. Now your brain is screaming "WHY AM I DOING THIS?!" This was my experience with the "Casa del Arbol" in Baños, Ecuador. Sometimes called "the Swing at the End of the World", this site was made famous by a 2014 photo taken for a...

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It looms like a doorway between two worlds, or a portal between two different times. I’m standing in front of the Puerta de la Ciudadela, the Gate of the Citadel, on a sunny afternoon in Montevideo, Uruguay. As I slowly take in this latest wonder that I’ve found in Uruguay, I realize that in many ways, this Gate really is a crossover point between the old and the new. When it was built around 1742, Montevideo was an important Spanish...

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Before I continue with our two weeks in Uruguay, I want to clear up some confusion from the previous post. Rita and I traveled to Uruguay in September of 2017, in the last two weeks of a five week journey that included the Andes in Ecuador; Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu, the Sacred Valley, and Lima in Perú; as well as a weekend in Buenos Aires. On our return, I had a lot of writing to get caught up on...

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When we arrived at Carrasco International Airport after an overnight flight from Lima the sun was just coming up. We had managed to doze a little on the bumpy flight over the Andes, but we were still a bit groggy as we sleep-walked through the motions of getting our passports stamped, finding our luggage turnstile, and making our way through customs to the car rental booth. Already though, we could tell things were a little different here. For one thing,...

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Back in September of 2017, Rita and I were spending a couple of weeks investigating Uruguay for some International Living articles, and to satisfy our own curiosity (more on that soon). After spending some time on the Atlantic coast, we moved to the capital city Montevideo, and naturally we could not pass up a chance to cross the Rio de la Plata and spend a weekend in the “Paris of South America” - Buenos Aires, Argentina. It turns out there is a...

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