Chile pt 7: Best of the Best and Then the Bottom Fell Out

March 1 The two months apart from my husband felt much longer. I thought we would become accustomed to separation over the course of the years, but one year into my trip, it was becoming increasingly difficult to be apart. After seeing him over Christmas, along with the rest of my loud, loving family, the … Continue reading Chile pt 7: Best of the Best and Then the Bottom Fell Out

Chile part 4: Valparaiso to Los Ángeles

It’s hard to tear myself away from the rooftop sea views of Valparaiso, but eventually I head east over the hills that separate this port town and the hot inland valleys. It’s punishingly steep at first but then backs off to an acceptable, pleasant, gradual climb. I eat more empanadas than necessary and go through … Continue reading Chile part 4: Valparaiso to Los Ángeles

CHILE part 2: Return to Chile, the Atacama Desert, the stretching of time, space, and reality.

November 30- December 16, 2019. The Atacama desert is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Some scientists estimate it hasn’t actually rained there in millions of years. It’s too dry for cactus to survive, except in the small areas that have some fog drip. Apparently NASA conducts studies here because it has an incredible, … Continue reading CHILE part 2: Return to Chile, the Atacama Desert, the stretching of time, space, and reality.