Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

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We had a few extra days to spend in Bolivia and decided to take a two-day trip with Grupo Rossario to Lake Titicaca, its primary Bolivian city and religious pilgrimage site of Copacabana (the original, after with the Rio beach was named) and the Pre-Columbian Incan archeological sites on Island of the Sun. But before [Read more …]

The Amazing Uyuni Salt Flats in Boliva

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One of the reasons why we were going to Boliva was to visit the Uyuni Salt Flats. We arrived there from a flight from La Paz to Uyuni. And since we figured that this would be the only time we would visit the area, we wanted to stay in a “salt hotel”. What is a [Read more …]

Eating and Sleeping in La Paz Bolivia

Dinners in La Paz Bolivia Gusto is the most famous La Paz restaurant that many people seem to even know. Created and run by a co-founder of Copenhagen’s NOMA (the #1 rated restaurant in the world which we plan to visit in the summer of 2016), it is an attempt to do for Bolivian [Read more …]

La Paz, Bolivia


We hadn’t yet been Bolivia so, on a recent trip to South America, we decided to check out the country. Our original plan was to have a day in the historic, colonial capital of Sucre, have a long-multi-faceted visit to La Paz, and then take side-trips to the Uyunui Salt Flats and Lake Titicaca. While [Read more …]

Antarctica Expedition Day 7 - 10


We have seen so many penguins, whales, seals and birds. Also beautiful landscapes and seascapes. And let’s not forget the incredible ice….both on land and in the sea. (See our previous blogs on Antarctica and days 1-4, and days 5-6.) Can our last few days on our Antarctica Expedition beat what we’ve seen so far? [Read more …]

Antarctica Expedition Day 5-6


Our trip to Antarctica continues. So far we have gotten close to penguins, birds and seals as well as an old whaling station on our Antarctica expedition with Polar Latitudes. What adventures would the next days bring? A lot! Day Five. Our first stop on this day was on Danko island where we once again [Read more …]

Antarctica Expedition Days 1-4

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At last, we were on our way to Antarctica. We were both very excited and were looking forward to our adventure ever since we booked it a year in advance. Since we live in San Francisco, we no longer owned really warm clothing. So we had spent time over the past several months finding appropriate [Read more …]

Antarctica: Our 7th Continent

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful” (Alleged recruitment ad for Shackleton expedition)   The very thought of Antarctica chills one to the bone. Why would we ever want to visit this continent. Our response? Why not? And, with winter temperatures reaching -129 degrees, its [Read more …]

Ushuaia Argentina: The World’s Southernmost City

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We were in Argentina for one purpose: taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica, the 7th continent and one we have always wanted to visit. But first, we had to get to our cruise boat, which was taking off from Ushuaia Argentina. While our Antarctica Adventures will be explored in our next series of posts, this [Read more …]

Buenos Aries Restaurants and Hotel

Our limited time in Buenos Aires (BA) on this trip limited the number of restaurants we were able to sample. We, however, made our best efforts to sample as many good restaurants as our waistlines could accommodate. This visit’s crop consisted of: Sucre (Bajo Belgrano). All the natives with whom we spoke suggested that meat [Read more …]