Transit day: leaving Valparaiso

  Following the ordeal of our arrival into Valparaiso, when it came to the morning of our departure we wisely made the decision to catch a taxi to the bus station. At one point we were attracted to the idea of taking one of the funny old trolley buses across…

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The walking tour: Valparaiso

  You know how we love a guided walking tour when we arrive somewhere new.   It’s a wonderful way for us to learn about a place we’ll be spending time in, of the history and social structures. And we see things we’re unlikely to if we just wandered around…

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Cat Cuddle Cafe

*** Feline alert: if you don't like cats you might like to stop right here. For the past couple of years as house and pet sitters we have become accustomed to having animals in our daily lives. For the moment though, we are not house sitting. We're staying at daughter…

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Streets of Valparaiso

  I had read on some travel sites that Valparaiso makes a good day trip from Santiago.   How wrong were those reviews!   Valparaiso in 3 days wasn’t nearly long enough for us to absorb the energy and atmosphere of the fascinating port city.   We arrived into Valparaiso…

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Santiago style

  A friend told us about an Australian woman she knows who lived in Santiago for 2 years with her husband and teenage son, and she hated every day of it. She felt unsafe and feared being mugged, hardly leaving their secure, gated home. Her husband had a work contract…

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The walking tour: Santiago

One of the first things we look out for when we travel to a new place is the local walking tour. The guides are energetic, funny and well informed. They're often likely to be young students, passionate about their hometown and keen to share their knowledge (and political opinions) although…

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Sam

  2 months ago we landed in Brisbane after 6 months of traveling and house sitting around New Zealand. They were glory days, of the kind that we'll value and reflect upon forever. Salad days. Honeymoon days. Except for the earthquake days, they were a bit unnerving. But oh so…

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Leap of Faith

As it happens towards the end of a year, we find ourselves reflecting on the past 12 months, talking about the highs, the lows and (mostly) everything in between. And then we realised that we've been traveling, without a permanent home, for 500 days and despite all our past life…

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