Monthly Archives: June 2011

How do you clean up after a messy volcano?

Slowly, patiently and by putting a lot of people together. This is what people of Bariloche are doing today for the second time since the eruption of the volcano Puyehue. On June 20th over 2000 people, mainly volunteers gathered in … Continue reading

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A luxury train journey in Peru.

Recently hailed by the CNN Travel as the #2 epic train journey in the world, albeit the shortest, the Hiram Bingham train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu (actually Aguas Calientes) is a truly luxurious experience in Andean travel.  Following the … Continue reading

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Flags of South American countries, part 1 – Argentina

This is the first entry in a series of blog posts about the flags of South American countries. The flags of foreign countries have always interested me. They are often colorful and carry an interesting story behind their creation. So … Continue reading

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Chileans protest hydroelectric dam development in Patagonia.

A massive project of several dams on two rivers and costing $3.2 billion has been approved by Chilean government in May this year. The future site of this project is no other than pristine southern Patagonia, a region of South … Continue reading

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Naked bike ride in Santiago

This past Saturday, 250 bicyclists rode naked or nearly naked through the streets of Santiago, Chile to raise awareness of the cyclists on the road. This was Chile’s first World Naked Bicycle Ride, a movement started in 2004 by Conrad Schmidt … Continue reading

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Volcano eruption in Chile; Bariloche covered in ashes

Bariloche has been covered in ashes as the Chilean volcano Puyehue erupted yesterday. The flights to Bariloche, Esquel, Chapelco and Trelew have been suspended. The state of emergency has been declared in Bariloche and schools and public buildings will stay … Continue reading

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