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We finally arrived at Pantagonia, driving south on Carretera Austral. We were not affected by the big earthquake two nights ago at all, though feel sad for the people that were. Thanks to those that checked up on us.

Though you wouldn’t know it by the long gaps between our picture and blog posts, we’ve been traveling around Colombia for more than 40 days now… actually, perhaps the long delays should be a clue as to our location and duration of time spent here. Because, as we’ve learned, Colombians are never in a hurry to be on time for anything (not unlike Bolivians but that’s another story) and have even warped the Spanish language to fit their odd sense of timing. When you ask a Colombian when something will happen or when they will do something, you’re likely to get one of the following short answers. But don’t think that you know the answer even if you’re a fluent Spanish speaker, because it’s different out here.  Here’s how it works: Read the rest of this entry »

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All right everyone, pop quiz time: Read the rest of this entry »

In our travels, we mostly stick to sights and attractions recommended by Lonely Planet or other similar guide books as being nice yet not too touristy – in other words, we like the “non-touristy yet tourist-friendly” stuff. So we generally don’t publish detailed reviews that can easily be found elsewhere. Once in a while, though, we stumble upon something not (or not yet) well known, in which case we like to give it a shout-out and some free publicity with our massive audience. Read the rest of this entry »

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So there we were, slowly dosing off and slightly disgruntled by the fact that our 20-hour overnight bus trip was about to begin with yet another loud and disruptive movie screening (note to all bus companies in developing countries: don’t do that!!!) when we were suddenly confronted with a scene of a little boy running past our house in Budapest. Needless to say we simultaneously nearly jumped out of our seats and were thoroughly freaked out for the rest of the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

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J-n-O’s 1-Step Guide to Buying a Used Car in Chile

Step 1: don’t! Read the rest of this entry »


Welcome to Santiago! Silence, smog and avocado (it rhymes and you know it!!!)

The first twelve days of our road trip were spent sans road in Chile’s massive capital city – a giant metropolis nestled in a beautiful natural setting that was all but impossible to see for our entire time there thanks to the horrible winter smog.But we arrived in Santiago knowing full well it was a bad time of year to visit – no matter, as our goal was not sightseeing but rather car shopping (see part III), further trip preparation and overdosing on avocados (seems most meals here come with a heaping portion of it, which is all good with us for now). We also had a surprisingly busy social life, spending pretty much every dinner over pleasant conversations with friends, family, family friends, and couchsurfers, both hosts and other nice and helpful people from the active Santiago group. Read the rest of this entry »


All right faithful J-n-O fans (read “hi mom”), it’s been exactly three weeks since our last night in Budapest so we thought we’d report on what we’ve been up to the last twenty days. As it turns out, not much at all, which makes it pretty easy to write and read these first three posts: Read the rest of this entry »