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shenanigans and tomfoolery throughout the world

Ecuador Social Media Posts

May 4, 2012
I got really far behind on my actual blog posts at this point, so here are a few Facebook and Twitter posts from my time in Ecuador: A series of “oh, I’ll just stay here on more night” and overly expensive Peru-Ecuador plane tickets might lead me to have to miss the Galapagos on this trip. Any suggestions on how I should spend the next week getting from northern Peru to Quito? – Mancora… Read more

La Paz Photos

April 26, 2012
Nuestra Señora de La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Here’s a full photo album of my time in La Paz including Lucha Libre and Death Road. And a little insight into my time in La Paz. “do you have any plans for tomorrow? because I don’t know about you, but I plan on getting ridiculously drunk tonight.” 5 minutes later: “this is going to sound ridiculous but I have to be up tomorrow at 7 to be on Bolivian television”  

The Most Dangerous Road. In the World.

April 26, 2012
La Paz Department, Bolivia
North Yungas Road, leading from La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia has been christened “the world’s most dangerous road”. It’s affectionately known now as “Death Road”. It winds down the side of mountains rarely more than a single lane wide and even more rarely with guardrails. The road goes under waterfalls, over streams, with the sheer dropoff just outside the window. In the past… Read more

¡Lucha Libre!

April 26, 2012
Nuestra Señora de La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia
And now we come to what has definitely been a highlight of the trip. While many visitors to La Paz go to the touristy cholita wrestling, I had the opportunity to attend a truly local luche libre “match” (“show” might be more correct… Read more

Salty Uyuni

April 24, 2012
Potosi Department, Bolivia
I’m now pretty far behind on my posts, so some of these next few may be on the shorter, did-this-then-did-that, side as I try to catch up. Sunday 25 March–Thursday 29 March After a quick reunion over a lomito (steak sandwich with egg and everything) with Victoria in Iguazu, it was off to the airport for an overnight layover in BA. My flight the next morning  was early… Read more

On Lima

April 23, 2012
San Isidro District, Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima, Peru
Me: Lima is definitely not the same Peru I’ve spent the past two weeks in. Ross: how so? Me: I can name several specific differences, but it basically boils down to: there’s actually money in Lima.

Profile Pic

April 13, 2012
Cusco, Peru
Me, on FB: Yes, I’m another one of those assholes who make Machu Picchu their profile pic.

Cuzco to Titicaca

April 7, 2012
I can’t help it. I just have to giggle every time I look at the lake. — at Puno Lago Titicaca Peru – April 2, 2012 South America loves the Chili Peppers. Not just the old awesome stuff, but the incredibly shitty new stuff, too. – Twitter. April 4, 2012 I’ve only been in Cuzco for 11 hours and I’ve already had a blood bomb forced upon me. Gracias… Read more

Iguazú Part the Second: Smallworld-itis

April 3, 2012
Misiones Province, Argentina
Wednesday 21 March–Saturday 24 March Getting across the Argentinian border was more time consuming than planned, but without incident. Our bus driver left while we were getting our Brazilian exit stamps, so we had to wait about 30 minutes for the next bus from the same company. I would recommend you just pay another R$4 for the very next bus… Read more

Iguaçu, Iguazú, let's call the whole thing awesome

March 29, 2012
Misiones Province, Argentina
Wednesday 21 March Niagra, you suck. Well, at least when compared to the Iguazú. Spelled Iguaçu in Portuguese and Iguazú in Spanish, the falls happen on the Iguazu river forming a border between Brazil and Argentina. Both sides have have their view of the falls (poor Paraguay is so close… Read more