Chilean Rainbow of Boats – Featured Friday Photo

  During my 10 day trip to Santiago, Chile, I was invited on a day tour of Valparaiso and Vino del Mar.   In Valparaiso, we stopped near the ship harbour to see the giant ships, stacked as tall as skyscrapers with sea containers, and to learn about the shipping history in the area.  But […]


Getting Serenaded

Getting Serenaded

I’ve written before about Che Lagarto Hostel in Santiago, Chile, and how I bartered photography for free nights stay in their hostel. (In their hostel I loved so much, I continued to stay there for my last 4 days, after what we contracted). I even mentioned getting serenaded on their Valparaiso and Viña del Mar […]


5 Free Things To Do Almost Anywhere You Go

There are always tons of things you can pay for when you visit a new city.  But, if like me, you are on a wicked tight budget, here are some free things you can do too. 1. PICNICS!  I love picnics.  You can have them almost anywhere.  In a free park, on a rooftop, in […]


Empanadas–Comparative Study of Empanadas in South America

Ok.  So I’ve only been to 4 countries so far, but the best empanadas, hands down (according to my oh-so-scientific-analysis of them) are CHILE! But here is my comparison of empanadas in South America.   1. VENEZUELA Venezuelan empanadas are highly fried.  They sometimes smell like very Americanized Chinese food (due to the saturation of […]


Che Lagarto Hostel and Suites–Santiago, Chile

So in my short trip to Santiago, Chile – I stayed at the Che Lagarto Hostel and Suites.  This place is totally cool.  And yes, I did work for them (see disclaimer at bottom), but this place rocks and I would love to go back! This hostel used to be an old hotel and is […]


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