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Finding My Fortune in the Silver Mines of Potosi

Posted by on March 31st, 2013 in Bolivia, Destinations, Feature, South America | 8 comments

The day started the usual way. We headed to the market and bought some dynamite, coca leaves, 96% alcohol and orange juice. It might sound like a pretty epic Thursday evening, but that was not the case this time.

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Buenos Aires, or BA for short if you’ve been there

Posted by on May 27th, 2011 in Argentina, Photos, South America | 1 comment

Contemporary art installation at down town Buenos Aires There is an unwritten rule; if you have been to Buenos Aires, then you can call it BA. If you haven’t visited BA, you’ll still have to say Buenos Aires. They also say that to truly experience Buenos Aires, you have to experience tango. And I think they might be right there. I however skiped tango in Buenos Aires, but once I move there, it will be one of the first things I’ll do, take tango lessons. Main street going thru Buenos Aires, trust me, usually much busier Palm trees in the park Buenos Aires is one of those places where you go to live. And it is the first city on this trip, I have indeed added to my list of citites I would like to live in. I stayed...

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127 hours – in San Pedro the Atacama

Posted by on May 20th, 2011 in Chile, Photos, South America | 0 comments

Canyon, with the walls made of salt crystals It was like that movie, 127 hours. I went biking to the desert with some girls. It was great, there was no one else around. We found some interesting mountains we climbed and admired the views. We found some great caverns to explore. But we couldn’t find an underground lake into which to dive, so we decided to head back and I didn’t have to cut off my hand, which was good. The end. Just taken off from San Pedro Up the hill I haven’t seen the actual movie, just the trailer, but at least according to that, I’m pretty sure that’s all that happens in the movie. But it really was a great day out. We rented some mountain bikes from our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile,...

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Road trip through the Salar de Uyuni

Posted by on May 12th, 2011 in Bolivia, Photos | 0 comments

Me and the chicas on the slat flats of Uyuni On a cold Sunday morning me, the six girls, and our driver boarded our land cruiser, and thus started our road trip to Chile through the Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats of Uyuni). It was time to leave Bolivia behind us, as we said bye bye to civilization (well, relative civilization, there wasn’t wifi anywhere in Uyuni). House by the beach, um, I mean by the salt flats Salt truck, driving in the sea Did you want a pinch of salt? We heaved our bags on top of the car and climbed inside. First stop, Salt flats of Uyuni, worlds biggest salt flat. This is where your table salt comes from, well probably not, but if you eat any salt in South America, my feet have probably been in...

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Surviving the Death Road in Bolivia

Posted by on April 30th, 2011 in Bolivia, Photos, South America | 0 comments

Ready for Yungas Road aka the Death Road My eyes linger over the majestic mountains towering over me for maybe a second, before my focus is brought back to the narrow dirt road that is speeding before me, and to the depths that are waiting on my left side should I miss a turn. My hands squeeze the breaks of my bike as I approach a turn, the fear battling against my courage, how fast can I go and still stay in the road. Mind you, the stakes on that battle are quite high, going over the side would in most cases mean certain death. With probably at least ten seconds of airtime, enough to think about what went wrong. First bit of the Death Road is on tarmac - easy So yes, this is the Yungas road, or...

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I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning in La Paz

Posted by on April 23rd, 2011 in Bolivia, Photos | 0 comments

Police keeping an eye on the demonstration Loud explosions and the smell of gunpowder filled the air as the crowds rushed past us. Thankfully it was still only fireworks so far as the demonstrations had stayed peacefull. Only a few people in our hostel had managed to get teargassed. The police was out in force, but there hadn’t really been any classhes between them and the protesters. Welcome to La Paz in Bolivia. It could be argued that this is not the best time to travel to La Paz in Bolivia, not when demonstrations apparently have been going on from January, with only brief pauses in between. But it also could be argued, that for months the demonstrations have stayed peaceful. So the only annoyance for a traveler is the fact that some parts of the city are occasionally...

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