Tag Archive: South America

Foodcation: South America

Ways to make me happy: Make me food. Buy me food. Be food. Food. Eating, sipping, gulping, tasting, chewing, slurping: Food and drink are such an inherent part of any cultural experience. Yet,… Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro. A Cidade Maravilhosa – The Marvelous City. Skyscrapers and mountains stand against a backdrop of ocean and sky, cradling hillside favelas vibrant with song and dance. Waves crash on the beach… Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro: Escadaria Selarón

How often do you come across urban scenery that’s photogenic enough to warrant the #NoFilter hashtag? Rio de Janeiro’s Escadaria Selarón holds that visual appeal, color, and novelty that doesn’t need to tell you it… Continue reading

Rio Gems: Real Gabinete & Cafe Colombo

In Rio de Janeiro’s centro, or downtown, a well-known confectioner has done business for over a century, welcoming royalty and global diplomats alike. Hey, if it’s good enough for the Queen of England,… Continue reading

A View From the Top: Sugarloaf Mountain

  I love bread. I love bread like a squirrel loves nuts. I also love sugar. In all its forms. So it’s only natural I’d also love a place called Pão de Açúcar –… Continue reading

Sunset in Rio: Pedra do Arpoador

  In Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian sun sets over sand, surf, and skyline in spectacular fashion. Situated on the beach that straddles Copacabana and Ipanema, Pedra do Arpoador, or Harpoonist’s Rock, provides a craggy perch from… Continue reading

Iguazú Iguaçu

  The sound of rushing water, cascading carelessly down steep cliffs, resonates around the national reserve. The water gushes with such potency that you can feel a persistent mist surrounding you, carried by friendly breezes from hundreds… Continue reading

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ve fallen in love with more cities than I have fingers to count with. But with only a handful of those cities was there a feeling of that instantaneous movie moment with blurred… Continue reading

Feria de San Telmo

If you’re ever in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, you might consider enjoying the “good air” and making your way over to a lively outdoor market in San Telmo. Part art fair and… Continue reading

Foodcation: Buenos Aires, Argentina

What comes to mind when you hear “Buenos Aires”? Tango or Evita, perhaps? Wine? Steak? Dulce de leche? You may have made many of these associations, though I suspect your preferred search engine is… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Cementerio de la Recoleta

  On a gray day in Buenos Aires, we find ourselves exploring an elaborate stone city in search of a crypt – that of la familia Duarte. Why, you ask? Duarte was the family name of… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Exploring the city of Buenos Aires in far-off Argentina, our fearless heroine discovered an enchanted place called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Paperback and hardcover, glossy and matte, histories and romances, genres galore, the booklovers’ haven… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Casa Rosada

  At the edge of Plaza de Mayo sits the seat of the Argentine government. In a distinct shade of pink. Don’t cry for me, Argenti-naaahhh. No seriously, don’t. Because I’m having such… Continue reading

Long Layovers: São Paulo, Brazil

Anthony Bourdain will tell you this: Head to Mercado Municipal first and have a mortadella sandwich. Or, at least, he’ll tell the camera on an episode of “The Layover.” Which is exactly why… Continue reading

São Paulo: Beco do Batman

  Yes, you read that title right. Beco do Batman. Batman’s Alley. Don’t believe me? Check out the street sign.     The “alley,” aptly situated in São Paulo’s artsy Vila Madalena neighborhood, doesn’t… Continue reading

Lima, Peru

Have you ever heard that familiarity breeds liking? It’s normally in reference to interpersonal relations, but I think it could be said of most anything, including places. Lima is one of those cities… Continue reading

Machu Picchu

Quick Recap: In the previous post, we hopped of the train at a station-less KM 104 to hike a part of the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. It felt like we’d gone rogue.… Continue reading

Cusco and the (Short) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

“Machu Picchu, here we come!” How hard can it be, right? I mean, we’re already in Peru. Now we just have to hop a flight from Lima to Cusco….     Whoa, Nelly!… Continue reading