Exploring and Eating in Lima, Peru

Jon Blomquist Lima

I honestly did not know what to expect upon visiting Lima, Peru. In the months leading up to this destination, I had heard an array of stories about how wonderful Lima was. I heard stories about how delicious the food was. I had heard stories about how beautiful the coastline was. I heard stories about how wonderful, kind, and helpful the people were. And yet, in contrast, I had also heard about how poor the living conditions were. I had heard of how dangerous the public transportation and taxis were. I had also heard, more than any other place, to keep your belongings tight to your person. By the end of my trip, I had only experienced one side of the story.
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Terremotos in Santiago de Chile!

Jon Blomquist Santiago

Terremoto! Terremoto! Everywhere, a terremoto! If you speak Spanish, you will know that this means ‘earthquake’. However, in the country of Chile, this also means something a little bit different. Around every corner restaurant, college street pub, or the awesome “Pio Nono” neighborhood, you will see this drink in the hands of those (many) daring enough to take on the challenge of enjoying just one glass. This amazing concoction of pineapple ice cream and a sweet fermented wine, called Pipeño, will literally leave you shaking at the knees and legs if you have too many. I admit, a couple of these made my trip to Santiago de Chile a little bit more enjoyable. However, it was not completely necessary, as this city is bustling and impressive in its own right.
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Visiting Wine Country – Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza Horseback Tour

One person says “Mendoza, Argentina,” and all people immediately think of wine. After spending a week in this beautiful city, I concluded that there is good reason for this. It is, after all, where I fell in love with Malbec.

This small city of about 115k people, should not be missed while venturing around the Southern regions of South America. With hundreds of wineries (and counting), Mendoza has been named one of the nine “Great Capitals of Wine” in the world. The Greater Mendoza region is the largest wine-producing area in Latin America. And wine tourism is booming!
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Wandering Around Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

After having the privilege of spending a weekend wandering around Valparaiso, Chile, I am saddened to read of the unfortunate event that occurred within the past month. As one of my favorite stops on a six month journey through South America, I’m finding it difficult to see that several neighborhoods in this colorful port town have been reduced to burning rubble from a fire that spread over 3 days. From April 12th – April 15th, over 2,500 homes were burned to the ground, dispersing over 11,000 people and leaving them homeless. The wooded hills surrounding the area will be forever changed, with the fires affecting a large number of the poorest communities, which had homes largely built from wooden huts.
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Day Trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento makes for a perfect getaway from the action-packed Porteño culture of Buenos Aires. Located just across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires, this colonial Portuguese settlement entices around 2 million visitors every year. Historic, cobble-stone streets and a quiet, friendly atmosphere have given the downtown area the privilege of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the oldest streets in Uruguay, dating back to the early 1680’s, the town gives a much different feel than that of the lively neighbor to the West.
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