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Merry Christmas and happy holidays my friends! One last post to put the final stamp on an incredible time in South America. Thanks to all who made my stay south of the equator such an overwhelmingly positive and life-giving experience. Much love and many thanks for following me these past nine months!
While it means “peace” in Spanish, the city of La Paz is anything but tranquil. I spent a few days in the concrete before taking on one final adventure on my final day in South America.
Here’s part two of my adventures in the jungle! Packed with plenty more stories I didn’t tell my mom about until after… and a heartfelt thank you to our guide, Eber.
Where do I begin? A canoe ride through a thunderstorm, a nocturnal hike through the jungle, monkeys, macaws and so much more. Here’s part 1 of my Amazonian experience!
Stories and photos from an adventurous few days in the driest place on earth: the Atacama Desert of Chile and the Bolivian Altiplano.
The adventures continue in Chile! Vineyards, boat rides and rooftop sunsets from the pool capped an incredible two week adventure with two amazing friends.
Quick update from Chile!
Uruguay, you’ve given me the greatest adventure of my life, to date. You’ve given me eight months of love and a lifetime’s worth of memories. You’ve given me something so incredibly difficult to say goodbye to, and I can’t thank you enough. Click here to keep reading!
An encounter with a magician, Halloween and a quick trip to the Uruguay’s most mystical destination have me thinking about magic… And, like magic, my time here in Uruguay has all but disappeared. Click here to keep reading!
Just as the arrival of spring in the Midwest is marked by the melting of snow, the return of robins and orioles, and the chatter of baseball season, I’ve been able to observe the Uruguayan signs of spring. Click here to keep reading!
Some stories, a bit of history, and a handful of travel recommendations from our trip to Colonia & Buenos Aires. While these two cities are separated by just 50 km of freshwater, these two communities could really not be more different. Click here to keep reading!
The folks kept me on my toes during their stay in South America. To say the least it was a stretch of adventures I will cherish for the rest of my life. In Spanish, one might say le sacamos todo el jugo al viaje: we “squeezed the juice” out of each and every day. It was a unique opportunity for my parents to experience what my life has been like here in Uruguay. Click here to keep reading!
Deeply ingrained in Uruguayan society and culture, la merienda is a time to step away from the office to recharge the batteries. It’s like snack time for big kids, something light to nibble on. Keeping with the theme, this post will be brief, a few bite-sized pieces of Uruguayan culture I experienced. Click here to keep reading!
With every new city and experience my pride for Uruguay continues to grow. At some point over the past 175 days, I began to replace “they” with “we” when referring to Uruguay, as in “we” eat dulce de leche and “we” drink mate. That’s all thanks to the people who have helped made me feel like un urugayo más. Click here to keep reading!
When I sit down to write a blog post, I reflect upon all the things I did, the places I visited, the people I met, the foods I ate, etc. But this time it just didn’t feel genuine. So I scrapped the 1200 words I had written and wrote this instead. Click here to keep reading!
I’ve now been here in Uruguay over 4 months, and what used to shock me I now perceive as normal. From rap-battles on buses to street performers juggling flaming torches in busy intersections, I’m used to it, and nothing really surprises me anymore! Click here to keep reading!
In Spanish, the verbs conocer and saber both translate to, “know”, with conocer referring to knowing a person or place, and saber referring to knowing facts. This post is devoted to all the intriguing people, places, and things I have come to conocer and saber regarding my new city: Montevideo.
Visiting a place like Rio de Janeiro makes me think about the words I use on a day to day basis, because if I use “awesome” as a synonym for “good” or “cool” when I describe a lunch I ate, or an article I read, what can I possibly say when I see a site that truly leaves me in awe? Click here to keep reading!
Rio de Janeiro. I was really there. A city often considered among the most diverse, dynamic, and dangerous in the world. A place with so many sights, sounds, and tastes that it captures one hundred percent of your attention. It’s such an overwhelming city that I’ve decided to split my experience into two blog posts. Click here to read Part I!
Comprised of over 275 individual falls, it is the largest system of waterfalls in the world. 80% of the falls belong to Argentina, while the remaining falls lie in Brazil. I spent nearly 3 full days in and around the falls, and it was as incredible as I had imagined it. Click here to keep reading!
Two weeks in Uruguay’s “heartland” came and went! What I anticipated to be “filler-time” turned out to be anything but that! Click here to keep reading!
No matter how much time one spends some place it just never feels like enough. Rivera became home to me, and that’s what made getting on the bus today so difficult. I don’t have regrets, but that’s not to say I was ready to leave. Click here to keep reading!
Perhaps it’s the fact that Uruguay is somewhat buried between giants – Brazil and Argentina – but I’ve come to recognize that there is a unique sense of pride shared among Uruguayans that I can only describe as something between affectionate self-deprecation and “having a chip on their shoulder.” Whatever the case, Uruguayans have nothing but love for la patria. Click here to keep reading!
There is a difference between traveling somewhere and living somewhere and I’ve gotten very used to living here. When I see people in the streets many greet me by name, and others feel comfortable enough to affectionately refer to me as gringo. Click here to keep reading!
In Spanish, the word tiempo has two meanings: “weather” and “time” and this latest update from Rivera is dedicated to explaining how los tiempos affect life in Uruguay. Click here to keep reading!
An Uruguayan, an Argentine, an Irani, and a Minnesotan walk into a Brazilian bar and order German beer. This mini United Nations summit was made possible thanks to a spur of the moment solo-trip to the Brazilian island of Santa Catarina, home to the city of Florianópolis. Click here to keep reading!
Do you want to- SURE! In general, my answer to any question is “yes”, but last week that got me into some trouble, as I didn’t really know what I had signed up for. Click here to keep reading!
While I’m now well into my third week in the city of Rivera, everyday offers a new opportunity, whether through meeting new people, visiting a new place, or closing my eyes and biting into yet another part of a cow that I had never considered eating prior. Click here to keep reading!
Per Jamie’s request, I’ll try to include more stories from day to day life. After all, I couldn’t possibly mention (much less explain) all the trivial nuances between life in Uruguay and life in the Midwest, but hopefully by sharing anecdotes I’ll be able to convey that as people we are far more similar than we are different. Click here to keep reading!
We made it! Thanks much for the prayers and well wishes. The week in Montevideo has made us feel very bienvenidos… Click here to continue reading!
Ever since the news broke that I was heading south, I’ve received many questions regarding how this opportunity came about and, “Why Uruguay?” of all places. Click here to continue reading!