Angkor Wat, Cambodia 8/1

Greetings from Cambodia. I figured since Machu Picchu received its own post, Angkor Wat should as well. Built around 1100, these temples were the center of the Khmer Empire. Much like Machu Picchu, pictures can barely do this place justice. Most of the temples were deforested of the overgrown ficus and cotton silk trees and reconstructed to resemble the original structure. Some were left alone. You might recognize a photo or two from the movie Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. All are still considered holy places, so appropriate clothing was required. We had a guide for the first day we visited the temples, and only a tuk-tuk driver the second day. Enjoy the pictures!

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Indonesia, Singapore & Thailand 7/25

What’s the capital of Thailand? That’s right…this post is coming to you from Bangkok, Thailand. Since arriving back in Singapore from Malaysia, we have been to Bali, Indonesia with Jenny’s mom, sister and sister’s boyfriend, back to Singapore, and now to Bangkok. We were extremely fortunate to meet Daniel and his family in Singapore. They were all so nice and welcoming. Bali was beautiful. The lush greenery, rice fields, and temples were amazing. Then back in Singapore we were treated by Jenny’s mom to a night at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel…AWESOME POOL! 57 floors up in the air with an infinity edge. We also spent an afternoon and evening walking through the Gardens by the Bay, a brand new billion dollar botanical gardens in Singapore. Once the family was on their way back to the US, we were on our way to Bangkok. After an hour long taxi ride from the airport, we were greeted by an old friend and classmate of Jenny’s from high school. Sharin and Josh Tebo. They were gracious enough to invite us to stay with them for the week. During our stay we were able to get our Vietnam visa and research our way through Cambodia and Vietnam and on to Hong Kong. Thanks so much Josh and Sharin. We are now preparing for a train ride to the Cambodia border in the morning. Siem Reap, Cambodia, site of Ankgor Wat, will be our next stop. Enjoy the pictures!

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The Singapore Merlion.

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Barbara, Daniel & Ryan.

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Our daily Balinese breakfast.

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Cat poop coffee…very rare and expensive!

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Typical Indonesian food.

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Hot springs in Bali.

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Royal rice terraces.

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Monkeys at the Monkey Forest in Bali.

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The ladies at the Monkey Forest Park.

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The pool at our villa.

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Padang Padang Beach.

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Sunset at a temple.

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Working in the rice fields.

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Starbucks.

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Balinese dancers.

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More great food.

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Brad practicing his yoga moves.

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Everyone at Kuta Beach, Bali.

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The ladies in the pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

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An amazing pool!

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The Gardens by the Bay.

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Inside the cloud forest dome. 7 stories high…inside!

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Inside the flower dome.

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Our hotel at night.

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The super trees at night.

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Daniel in front of the Sentosa Island sign.

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A roof top bar (55 stories up) with Sharin and Josh in Bangkok.

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JJ Market. The worlds largest.

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Muay Thai time…

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Two dozen roses for less than a dollar.

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Buddhas.

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The Reclining Buddha.

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Wat Pho temple.

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The Royal Palace in Bangkok.

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Yep. Those are bugs!

We are enjoying ourselves and the company we meet along our journey. We had a great time with Jenny’s mom, sister and sister’s boyfriend, Ryan. We have a few connections coming up in China, so we are excited to meet and hang out with them. Southeast Asia is relatively inexpensive, so we have been pampering ourselves and staying in nice places. It’s a nice change. We can’t wait for the next destination, wherever it may be. Bottom line, we are having a blast! Hope you are enjoying the photos and updates.
Until next time…
Cheers
~B

Australia, Singapore & Malaysia 7/6

Greetings everyone. This post comes to you from Singapore! After making our way through Australia, we caught a flight to Singapore, spent a few days here, and then decided to get out of town for a bit. So we hopped on a bus to Melaka, Malaysia and spent four days relaxing by the pools of some nice hotels and seeing the local sights. We are now back in Singapore where we await the arrival of Jenny’s mom, sister and sister’s boyfriend. We can’t wait! Enjoy the pictures!

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Mossman Gorge just north of Port Douglas, Australia.

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The Peanut Place.

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A huge fig tree.

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Watch out for kangaroos!

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And crocodiles and jelly fish!

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A fire dancer at the Mindil Beach Night Market.

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Brad boogie boarding at the wave pool in Darwin. No swimming at the beach.

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We went on a crocodile tour near Darwin.

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I guess anything would jump out of the water if you were holding dinner at the end of a stick.

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This guy was huge…over 20 feet long and well over a ton.

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A White Sea Eagle.

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Another jumping crocodile…up close!

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We saw about thirty different crocodiles. Pretty cool!

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Learning to eat with chop sticks…

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It didn’t take long to catch on.

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Our dinner smorgasbord at Daniel’s aunt’s house.

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Daniel (Barbara’s Singaporean college friend from UW Whitewater) with dessert…durian fruit.

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The historic neighborhood in Melaka, Malaysia.

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The local taxis in Melaka.

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Our hotel pool in Melaka.

We have a couple days before the guests arrive in Singapore and we head to Bali. It’s the weekend, so we are going to have dinner at Daniel’s aunt’s house again Saturday night. They are a pretty awesome family to invite us back. We enjoy their company…and food. The Asian cuisine is catching on. We had no idea what to even order, but since Daniel has been explaining what we are eating, we are enjoying it. Until next time.
Take care
~B

New Zealand & Australia 6/19

Well, New Zealand was amazing. Five weeks of traveling around the entire country. We loved it. We are now in Australia. Melbourne for a week, Sydney for a week, and now Cairns for a little more than a week. Enjoy the pictures!

New Zealand

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Abseiling down 100 meters into a cave near Waitomo, NZ.

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Climbing a ladder part way back up.

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We survived!

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The only thing in New Zealand we didn’t see…A Kiwi bird.

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Looking out toward the Bay of Islands.

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A giant Kauri tree.

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They are huge!

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The Auckland skyline.

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Look who we saw…Lady Gaga…We just happened to be in the area when she arrived at her hotel.

On to Australia…

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The Flinders Street Station in Melbourne.

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A tiny part of the Victoria Market. The largest market in the Southern Hemisphere.

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We spend a lot of time in libraries using the Internet. Here is Melbourne’s.

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Rodin’s “The Thinker” at the National Gallery in Melbourne.

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Watching a footy game at the Etihad Stadium.

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A fountain in Sydney near our hotel.

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Bondi Beach Iceburgs pool.

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Bondi Beach. Legendary surfing here.

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The Sydney Opera House

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Opera House with the Harbour Bridge in the back.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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At night!

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Jenny with our tickets to the show, Opera Warriors.

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We were able to pet a few koalas. Pretty cool.

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Jenny feeding some kangaroos. Apparently they like ice cream cones.

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A strange bird…

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Tiny Blue penguins.

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Storks.

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Emu…lookin at you.

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Kangaroo…lookin at you too.

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Giant pelicans.

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A huge crocodile.

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Colorful birds in a park in Sydney.

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Trinity Beach just North of Cairns. Our place is about 200 meters from here.

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Hastings Reef, a small part of the Great Barrier Reef. We snorkeled here! Hard to see, but that’s the very Easterly edge of the reef where the waves are breaking.

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Michaelmas Cay. Also part of the GBR. We snorkeled here too!

We are staying in Cairns for about a week just enjoying the warm weather. We might do another snorkel trip to the reef before we leave. We aren’t sure where we are going next. We just know we have to be in Singapore July 8 to meet Jenny’s mom, sister and sister’s boyfriend. We can’t wait to see them. From Singapore, the five of us are heading to Bali for a week or so. Should be exciting. Bali looks awesome. Anyway. Hope you are enjoying the pictures of our progress around the world.

Take care.
Cheers.
~B

New Zealand 5/21

Well, New Zealand has been treating us well. We made it around the entire South Island and are now heading back to the North Island for a bit before heading to Australia. New Zealand’s South Island is amazing. The scenery is breathtaking. Since the last post, we have hiked to two glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox, cruised the Milford Sound, visited the seal and penguin colonies, and hiked to several waterfalls. If you have never thought about visiting New Zealand, you should! Enjoy the pictures. This is only a sampling and do not do the actual sights justice.

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Swing bridge over the blue waters

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Fox Glacier

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Franz Josef Glacier

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Queenstown from above

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Latitude 45 South…the opposite of Green Bay

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Milford Sound at the ocean

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Milford Sound (notice the boat in the lower left)

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Milford Sound

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Milford Sound waterfall

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Creek leading into a chasm

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Mossy

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Mirror Lake

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Sheep crossing

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Burt Munro’s original bike that broke the speed record (watch the movie, World’s Fastest Indian)

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Where are we?

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Starbucks in Invercargill

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Slope Point. The Southernmost point in NZ

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A waterfall we hiked to

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Yellow Eyed Penguins

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Steepest road in the world! over 35% at one point!

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Super Rugby match in Dunedin

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Sea Lion

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More penguins

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Fur seals

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Moeraki Boulders

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Attempting to put one back

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Penguin crossing…

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Mt. Cook across the lake (highest mountain in NZ)

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Sheep everywhere

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Another waterfall hike

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Hanmer Springs

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Albatross

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Seal crossing…

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Seal colony North of Christchurch

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Sheep in the vineyard in Marlborough

We will have plenty more pictures of the North Island in a couple weeks. Until then
Cheers
~B

Chile & New Zealand 5/3

Hey there followers. It has been a couple weeks since the last post. We spent some time in the Valparaiso and Santiago regions of Chile before catching a 13 hour flight to Auckland, New Zealand. We spent a few days driving from Auckland toward Wellington and catching the ferry to the south island. This post is coming to you from Greymouth, New Zealand as we make our way down the west coast toward Queenstown. Enjoy the pictures below.

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Floral clock in Vina del Mar, Chile

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Skinny house in Valparaiso, Chile

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Funicular in Valparaiso

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The port of Valparaiso

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Street art in Valparaiso

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After 3 months of walking, we finally had to get some new kicks.

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Brad racing down the luge in Rotorua, New Zealand

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Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand

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The view from Abel Tasman National Park

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The west coast of the south island

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Some treasures on the beach

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Pancake rocks near Punakaiki

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Our camp site

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Watching the sunset

We may spend a little more time in New Zealand than originally planned. So far, we love it here. The scenery is gorgeous and the vibe is very laid back. We are going to take our time seeing the sites. A campervan is the only way to go.
Until next time
Cheers
~B

Argentina & Chile 4/16

It was just before Easter weekend when we left Asuncion, Paraguay and headed for Cordoba, Argentina. 17 hours on an overnight bus wasn’t as bad as you might think. The seats went almost all the way back and had leg rests. When we arrived in Cordoba, we rented an apartment for a few days.

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We enjoyed our Easter empanadas (tough to find a ham down here)

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After a few days in Cordoba, we caught another overnight bus to Mendoza, Argentina.20120416-145153.jpg
Mendoza is the wine region of Argentina. We toured a few vineyards and sampled their wines…

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…at our own pace on two wheels.

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Mendoza was nice, but we were looking forward to Chile, so we caught another bus to take us through the Andes Mountains and into Santiago, Chile.

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Just a few switchbacks on the trip down from the border crossing near the ski resort of Portillo, Chile.

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We have been seeing the sights in Santiago for a few days now. We took the funicular up the local mountain for a better view from the top.

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A market in downtown Santiago.

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A park in Santiago. Santiago is surrounded by mountains. You can almost see them through the smog.

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We don’t leave for New Zealand until April 25 (Jenny’s birthday), so we are going to head to Valparaiso, Chile (on the coast) for a couple days before returning back to Santiago.
Adios, ciao
~B