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Month: April 2012

Crossing Rio de la Plata.

Crossing Rio de la Plata.

On Monday morning Cecile and I left Buenos Aires to cross with Buquebus ferry to Colonia in Montevideo. We crossed in one hour and it was literally another country! I have been there in 2004 with my husband but the town has changed and grown a lot. There is a new visitor center in Colonia where we enjoyed a short video about Uruguay, its history, culture, people, etc. It was a great way to welcome the visitor to the country! We had…

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Rojo Tango & mi Buenos Aires querido…

Rojo Tango & mi Buenos Aires querido…

I arrived in Buenos Aires last Wednesday and my sister Silvia was waiting for me at Ezeiza airport. To my surprise, Argentina started a new immigration control system, which much more modern including fingerprints and photo, very similar to the US. For the clients that always ask me about how to pay the entrance fee (reciprocity fee) when you enter in Argentina, you could pay with almost anything:) US dollars, credit cards or even travelers checks. They do accept AmEx…

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Anthony Bourdain Shares His Top Five Travel Tips: Away.com Travel Blog

Anthony Bourdain Shares His Top Five Travel Tips: Away.com Travel Blog

In this brief article, the renown chef and modern-day explorer talks about some of his travel insights. I have to say that from our experience we have to agree. For instance, I once made a trip to Mercado del Progreso in the neighborhood of Caballito in Buenos Aires, where you can see butchers in action, empanadas being freshly made and all the hustle and bustle of a local market. I decided to visit it after reading about it in Moon Travel…

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Flags of South America, part 9 – Venezuela.

Flags of South America, part 9 – Venezuela.

Venezuela, a country roughly twice the size of California, was once a part of Gran Colombia together with what now are Ecuador and Colombia. As one version goes, the country derives its name from the word Veneziola, or little Venice, since it reminded Amerigo Vespucci of his hometown. It gained full independence in 1830. During 19th century the country has gone through political turmoil and military dictatorships. In 20th century it finally experienced periods of democratic government. Since 1998 Hugo…

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