A Point in Time – Easter Island
Stargazers, the quarry

A Point in Time – Easter Island

In brief: Though once created by volcanic forces, riven by human passions and greed, Easter Island now offers a stunning historical legacy and a Pacific charm. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, or Isla de Pascua,…

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High and salty at Atacama
Alteplanico

High and salty at Atacama

Three mountain ranges come together in Chile at the Atacama desert, near the northern border with Argentina and Bolivia (with its Uyuni salt flats). Their meeting has created some extraordinary terrain amid the volcanoes -…

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Relaxed – the pace of Montevideo
Plaza Constitucion, old town

Relaxed – the pace of Montevideo

In brief: With a seemingly endless sandy beach front, popular neighborhood resources, a charming center, and a relaxed air, Montevideo can be a pleasant place to live. We chose Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, as our…

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The Wild West of Uruguay
Sculpture at old bastion del Carmen

The Wild West of Uruguay

Uruguay boasts two very different UNESCO World Heritage sites, both of which we visited during our drive through the west of the country along the Uruguay River - the town of Colonia and a meat…

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Montevideo: First Impressions
Plaza Independencia

Montevideo: First Impressions

Our home for the next six months is Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. The country is about the size of Missouri, but with a population of only 3.5 million. Just 1.5 million live in the city…

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Circling Iceland: The North
Kolugljufur waterfall

Circling Iceland: The North

Here are some of the things we enjoyed around this spectacular country…in three geographical regions. Secondly, the north, which we felt represented Iceland in microcosm and was a good area to explore if you have…

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Circling Iceland: The West
19th c church near Kirkjufell

Circling Iceland: The West

Here are some of the things we enjoyed around this spectacular country…in three geographical regions. First, the west. We drove the complete ring road of Iceland, a roughly 1400 kilometer trip according to Iceland, but…

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Romanian potpourri
Working the fields

Romanian potpourri

Here's our final salute to Romania with a potpourri of people, places and things. And a nod to the Romanian language, which you know more about than you think, as it is derived mainly from…

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Rough-hewn: wooden churches of Romania
Eye catching panel, lives of the saints

Rough-hewn: wooden churches of Romania

The eight World Heritage wooden churches in the west of Romania are far different from the east's impressively painted churches (see that post here). The latter were Orthodox Christian built by royalty up to the…

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