Santiago to Reykjavik: 126 Days, 126 Seconds

  We tried to take one second of video footage for every day of the Santiago to Reykjavik leg of our journey. Sometimes we forgot, and sometimes we took more than one video on a day so the amount of seconds at a particular place can be slightly off but each country is timed properly….

USA: Heading East

We arrived in Nashville, Tennessee on Independence Day only half through planning. As it turned out, Nashville hosts one of the biggest Independence Day festivals and fireworks displays in the country with 280,000 people attending. The whole centre of the town is closed to traffic and there is live music and food stalls lining the…

USA: Death Valley and Nevada

Death Valley We forgot to mention Death Valley when we did our California post as we grouped it in with the more deserty Nevada but we looked it up and it is actually in California. Death Valley holds the record for the hottest recorded temperature on Earth which was given to us in Fahrenheit which…

USA: California

Los Angeles We got to Los Angeles, stayed at the cheapest hostel we could possibly find and then headed to the campervan depot to pick up our baby first thing next morning. All the vans were named and the guy working there was thrilled to be handing the campervan named Icarus to a women named…

Nicaragua: The only thing to fear is the sun

San Juan del Sur San Juan del Sur was the first place we visited when we got to Nicaragua. The interstate bus dumped us on a highway in Rivas and we had to flag down a bus heading in the direction of San Juan del Sur. The buses, which were donated American/Canadian school buses, barely…

The rest of Costa Rica: Sloth Mayhem!

So we got a bit over excited with the the animal sanctuary so we need to go back and fill in the rest of our time in Costa Rica. San Jose The capital of Costa Rica is San Jose. We had to go there to use the airport and the bus terminals. There are about…

Cuba Part 1: Havana, Varadero and Trinidad de Cuba

Havana We were not off to a good start when we arrived in Cuba and were immediately singled out from the crowd at customs and interrogated. After getting through customs we were interrogated again by another woman who checked the answers with what we said at the first interrogation. The type of camera we were…

Cuzco and Machu Picchu (but mainly Machu Picchu)

We arrived at Quosco (that’s the local Quecha word for it before the Spanish mangled it) which sounds a lot like the bulk household goods warehouse we are all so fond of, but what it had in bulk was very, very nice squares and colonial architecture (at a low low price). Did we mention the…

Arequipa and Colca Canyon: The only thing to fear is the volcanos

Arequipa Already impressed by the food in Puno, we moved on to Arequipa which had the same amazing quality of food but also had amazing buildings made out of white volcanic stone. In the center of town, shops were nestled in the cloisters of monasteries and in the courtyards of ¬†high roofed colonial mansions. It…

Valparaiso: The only thing to fear is burning calves

  If Santiago is the Lygon St or St Kilda of Chile, than Valparaiso is the Brunswick or Collingwood (sorry about the Melbourne references). The dirtier, more exciting student city only an hour and a half from Santiago. But we did a free walking tour and discovered the nice corners of the seaside city built…