Is Not Chicago

shenanigans and tomfoolery throughout the world

Jesús is Watching

March 25, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Saturday 17 March – Wednesday 21 March Rio de Janeiro, the city that got the 2016 Olympics over Chicago. After spending several days there, I can confirm that Chicago would have been the much better choice. While the beaches are nice, and there is a good energy to the nightlife… Read more

A Storm of Swear Words

March 22, 2012
El Chaltén, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Thursday 15 March El Chaltén — aka Hippyville, Argentina (we seriously saw a hippy playing bagpipes for money on the street), aka Howdothestoresnothavecrispstown– is the starting point for many a supposedly wonderful hike. We had just climbed straight up a wall made of ice… Read more

A Clash of Crampons

March 20, 2012
Santa Cruz, Argentina
Tuesday 13 March – Thursday 15 March Why did no one ever tell me I was awesome at ice climbing? I feel like I missed my calling in life. The day after our excursion to Perito Moreno, we rented a car to drive up to El Chaltén. Victoria and I were joined by our new friend Kelly, a geography teacher from Montana on sabbatical for 3 months. He was originally going to extend his stay in El Calafate… Read more

A Song of Ice and Ice

March 19, 2012
El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Sunday 11 March – Monday 12 March For a week in Buenos Aires I had woken up each morning covered in sweat from the 27 degree heat and no air conditioning (I pretty much operate in metric now). Now it was time to move south into Patagonia. After my brutally early (or late if you count from the previous night) flight from Buenos Aires I arrived at the El Calafate airport. It was a brisk 8 degrees… Read more

Moving to Palermo

March 19, 2012
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Thursday, March — Saturday March 10 (Warning to those of you who like photos and are distracted by shiny things: there are no pictures in this post) I had originally booked four nights at Terrazas Estoril thinking that a full week would be a bit long in BA, so I had been considering a sort trip somewhere (ideas included Mendoza and Uruguay). But as I explored the town… Read more


March 19, 2012
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Thursday 8 March In Buenos Aires, graffiti–or rather street art–is not illegal, and is in many areas and situations encouraged. Several restaraunts, artists’ homes, and public spaces are covered in murals. All have been allowed by the property owners and many were even commissioned. The best tour I took in BA was the graffitimundo tour. Graffitimundo is a non-profit organization… Read more


March 16, 2012
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wednesday 7 March I awoke the next morning with quite a bit of rumbly in my tummy. I don’t know if it was the previous day’s choripan or some bad water, but I had not felt that bad since the Camboian wild beast of ‘06. I had a ticket for the evening’s Boca Juniors vs Fluminense fútbol match and I hoped that I would be recuperated in time. The day was spent in bed, but when 5:30 rolled around… Read more

Awesome Places in South America

March 16, 2012
I’ve been compiling a map of cool (and not so great) places I’ve been on this trip. If you’re travelling around South America, I have short reviews of hostels, restaurants, and sights.  View the map on Google

Don't Cry for Me, Argentina

March 16, 2012
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Monday 5 March – Tuesday 6 March My plan for the second day in Buenos Aires was simply to wander around and explore a bit. Based on recommendations from several people we stopped by El Ateneo which is an old theater that’s been converted into a giant bookstore. The main floor is filled with shelves of books; the two levels of what would have been box seats are also filled with specialized books… Read more