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South America, Travel Advice

12 Fun Cultural Differences discovered during my trip to South America

June 2, 2012 • By

With exception of a few port stops on a cruise that I took, I had never been anywhere south of St. Augustine, Florida for any length of time. That is, until earlier this month. I didn’t have any expectations for South America. I knew it would be a different experience; that I would have to struggle to recall my high school level Spanish so that I would be able to converse with anyone that I had to interact with. Luckily, I managed enough broken Spanish coherently enough to make it through my visit. Along the way, I learned some interesting things that will leave a lasting impression upon me about the time that I spent in the beautiful cities of Lima, Peru, Santiago, Chile and the beautiful Easter Island.

  • We took a day trip to Valparaiso, Chile a beautiful port city just an hour and a half outside of Santiago. We were pleasantly surprised to witness a blast from the past. fully operational post WWII streetcars! Built by the Pullman Standard Company of Massachusetts between 1946 and 1952, these streetcars have the distinction of being the oldest running cars in the world.


  • Bottled water comes either with or without gas; meaning you can buy either the mountain spring version or sparkling, seltzer water. Personally, I hate drinking anything that bubbles or make me belch. Be sure to check the label because they were all stored in the same case on the same shelf.


City Views, South America

Travel Photo Thursday – Valparaiso

May 24, 2012 • By


We decided to take a day trip to Valparaiso a couple of days after our arrival in Santiago, Chile two weeks ago.  We took the Tur Bus (which is located adjacent to the Universidad de Santiago metro station) to Valparaiso which took a little over an hour to get there and cost less than 10.00 USD.

Valparaiso is a port city that is built on a hill.  It reminds me a lot of San Francisco with its winding, unforgivably hilly terrain. In order to navigate the city, a series of  sharply inclined cable cars, also known as Funiculars, were built to move people and parcels between the port and the highest peak.READ MORE