Scenery From My Temporary Backyard

Nizwa From Above

In the course of about an hour, I was shown three similarly furnished, decent sized apartments. I was informed that I needed to choose one and move in the following day.  If I refused all three,

How to Prep for the CELTA

Finally getting organized after day 3

To prep properly and make the intensive CELTA cram experience less of a headache, prepare as much as possible.

I managed the mandatory.  For the application, I did the language awareness task, researching what I needed to.


A Blogging Hiatus in Exchange for a Class

View From My Bedroom / Workstation at the Crack of DawnIt’s dawned on me that this blog has gone through a three-month hiatus.

This is by far the longest lapse this micro, e-publication has endured in its three-year span.


Wild Art at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Córdoba

Alicia Girl With Hybrid Bird-Human

There’s potential world-class artistry to be found everywhere, and  Córdoba, Argentina’s cultural fortitude isn’t lacking.

Recently, I’ve  tried to make it a point to visit an art museum in every city I stop in.  I figured that sometimes I’ll get lucky and see something fantastic.  I thought this was the case in Gallery Two of  the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio Caraffa.  Names can be long in Argentina.

The Calming Waters of Cacheuta

A Perfect Swimming Hole

Whenever I’m near therapeutic waters, I make it a point to visit them. The Cacheuta natural hot springs/water park in Mendoza was no exception.

Because many Brazilians, Chileans and Argentinians are on summer vacation, you’ll find many of the pools mobbed now, especially with Argentinians who love to relax and enjoy the therapeutic opportunities that their land offers.

The Visual Paradise of Valparaiso

Windows and GraffitiValparaiso, colloquially known as Valpo, is one of the most visually interesting cities I’ve strolled around in.

The coastal hills, architecture and especially the endless graffiti, is a central Chilean spot that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into another dimension.

In the Heart of the Atacama

In the Valley of the Moon

Until I’d bought my bus ticket to San Pedro de Atacama, I’d never heard of the oasis town where people live exclusively off of tourism.

I’d never been to a place where tourists appear to outnumber locals.

Opportunities to visit unique natural splendor abound. 

Marching to the Mirador in Moquegua and up Cerro Baul

Odd Pose Just Above the Base of Cerro Baul

I found myself in the mountain desert city of Moquegua in southwestern   Perú.

I’d noticed the sign pointing to the mirador, or lookout point, the evening before, so I ventured from my hotel room just after six am.

Rambling into the Colca Canyon

Early Stages of the Trek down to Sangalle in the Colca Canyon

The descent into the canyon started around midday.

The excitement of the new natural surroundings, combined with a bright sun, wilted my fatigue and altitude induced nausea.

I’d slept at 3,635 meters or 9,843 feet above sea level in Chivay the night before.  There I’d woken up dizzy, cold and nauseated. 

Breakfast at San Camilo

Three Rocoto Rellenos Stacked

If there’s one thing I love about traveling, it’s the ethnic food I find.

I get excited by new, interesting cuisine. 

If I’m in a place that’s known for a specialized dish, I feel joyous when coming across it. 

Seeing, smelling and tasting the food makes me feel good to be alive.