Five years after my disastrous first visit to Cusco, Peru, we returned for another shot at exploring ancient Incan heritage sites.
It's not an overstatement to say that we came to Santiago, Chile in part for its Taco Bell. When your husband is obsessed with fast faux-Mexican food, but there's nary a Taco Bell in most of the countries in the world, the best way to his heart is to surprise him with an Airbnb a … Continue reading Chile: Santiago, Rapa Nui, and the Atacama Desert
When you meticulously plan your travels, down to a daily budget and itinerary, the last thing you expect is to accidentally touch down in the middle of the world's largest Carnaval celebration. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/362399101266874671/ Itinerary: • Days 1-5: Rio de Janeiro • Days 6-9: Paraty • Day 10: Sao Paulo Dates: February 24 - March 5, … Continue reading Brazil – An Unexpected Carnaval
When Tim and I flew to Argentina's Patagonia region a few weeks ago, I saw on my Facebook memories that exactly 5 years prior, we had arrived in Chilean Patagonia to embark on an epic multiday hike through Torres del Paine National Park. We didn't know at the time how much we'd fall in love … Continue reading Back to Patagonia
From August to December, we traveled (mostly) overland from Egypt to South Africa. That's the entire length of Africa. We visited 11 countries, saw all the animals, and brought home about a pound of desert sand in our bags and shoes that we'll probably never be able to get 100% rid of. It was by … Continue reading To the End of Africa – Orange River to Cape Town
Botswana can be unforgiving. The heat weighs on you midday like a thick blanket you can't crawl out of. Your skin becomes dry and scaly with faint lines mimicking the veins of the Okavango Delta, with its sprawling channels evaporating into the Kalahari Desert. Grocery stores run out of water, which you feel you can … Continue reading Beautiful Botswana
Inching trepidatiously towards the edge of the world's largest waterfall, I wondered how I got here. Swimming in the so-called Devil's Pool at the top of Victoria Falls in Zambia was the one activity Tim and I agreed we were not going to do. But there we were. Tim was loving it. And I… had … Continue reading Zambia – In Which We Did Something We Swore We Wouldn’t