PHEBESS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PHEBESS PHEBESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Wrapping up our time in Antigua Guatemala http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189721 We've enjoyed having Antigua as our "home base" for the past five weeks while we've travelled about this region of Guatemala, and northward. But we're heading to the big city, and hoping to make it as far as the Caribbean coast. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>6/mellow-life-in-antigua-guatemala.html </link> <BR> <BR> We've had a great time in this city, the old capital of Guatemala. With all kinds of fascinating history. And with volcanoes in the near distance... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 02:00:08 EST Visited an animal wildlife rescue center, talked to the ocelots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185813 Well, I talked, they listened. The parrots and macaws talked to me, saying "Hola! Hola!" It was interesting, it was fun, and it was sort of sad as well. The animals are well taken care of, but I'd rather see them wild and free. This area was for education, with animals that are unable to be returned to the jungle for a variety of reasons. (The re-education area, where animals are taken care of but are being trained to return to the wild, is off limits for the casual visitor.) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:55:28 EST Tikal, the ancient Mayan city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184964 We're staying in Santa Elena, up in northern Guatemala, right on Lake Peten. We came up to see the Mayan city of Tikal, one of the largest Mayan cities yet uncovered. I love visiting ancient buildings and cities, seeing what humans created eons ago, trying to understand how they lived and how they understood the world around them. <BR> <BR> It was incredible! One of those overpowering experiences where you feel like a tiny insignificant speck in the universe, and the history of our tiny p... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:29:21 EST More adventures at the Choco Museo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181751 It was a cold and rainy Sunday. I can only read for so long. So I joined another truffle making workshop. And was named sous chef by our chocolatier, Orlando. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>6/truffles-in-rain.html </link> <BR> <BR> Had quite an audience today, LOL! And a fun group in the class. <BR> <BR> Not to worry, DH gets half my truffles. And I only eat 2 or 3 a day. So for an afternoon of playing with chocolate, I walked away with 7 truffles for m... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:04:43 EST We have a huffing and puffing and smoking volcano http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181186 We seem to be surrounded by volcanoes here in Guatemala - one of them is smoking and sending out ash. Ah well, at least it isn't rumbling and spewing lava. Though I've never seen that, it might be kind of exciting. From a distance, of course. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>6/moods-of-mountains.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25151b72-4a23-4011-ac82-178164a51d4d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the map: <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 01:08:41 EST Eight habits of people who lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179205 I don't normally post links from other fitness websites, but this one resonated with me. People who lose weight have some things in common. I have to admit, I haven't stuck to all of these, but we all know these make a difference: <BR> <BR> - Eat nutritious foods <BR> <BR> - Plan ahead <BR> <BR> - Do workouts or exercise they ENJOY (my biggie! If it's not fun, I don't do it) <BR> <BR> - Be consistent <BR> <BR> - Build habits that can be sustained <BR> <BR> - Focus on how you feel w... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 19:04:43 EST A rainy night in Panajachel, Guatemala http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178008 The thunder is beginning, but I want to just add today's post. We leave Panajachel tomorrow, and head back to Antigua before we head north to the jungles. <BR> <BR> It's chilly tonight in the Guatemalan highlands - but there have been amazing views of the volcanoes across the lake! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>6/farewell-panajachel.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0de24a4d-c8ef-4028-bd0c-1fb083d604d4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 00:46:30 EST Dad's hat gets a makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176535 I washed Dad's hat, which has been travelling with us for 2.5 years, and gave it a new hatband. The hat appreciates it, and had fun on his trip to the lake today. <BR> <BR> Plus I took photos of cute shoeshine boys, and a lady in a store where we bought a few items. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>6/maurys-hat-redux.html </link> <BR> <BR> And here's the hat sporting his new band: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e34ddec3-a414-451b-8a9... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:43:22 EST Drama on the lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175242 So we're in this little motorized launch, crossing the deepest lake in Central America. And our boat captain gets in a fight with another boat captain. Other guy boards our boat, like a pirate! We end up drifting as they push and shove and argue. Uh, yeah. It was an adventure! <BR> <BR> The full story is in our blog: <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>6/drama-on-lake.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a51cd95-5855-45be-a4b... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 16:08:16 EST Can't say enough good things about Guatemala! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174142 There are little treasures hidden around each corner, old buildings that are still standing, and equally old ruins that are half standing. Colorful clothes on people, colorful buildings all around. Emotional statues, happy children. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>5/first-week-in-antigua-guatemala.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3112671b-1cb5-427d-b90d-780d274198a4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 02:05:01 EST Guatemala - Amazing color, scenery, people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171606 Wow, we've been in the town of Antigua Guatemala for three and a half days and this place is wonderful! Colorful, busy, and it seems as if something is always happening! People are friendly, the textiles are incredible. Flowers everywhere!!! Loving it! <BR> <BR> The blog: <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2016/0<BR>5/antigua-guatemala.html </link> <BR> <BR> A few teaser photos: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8142ef4b-fd4e-441c-878e-952212743... Fri, 27 May 2016 21:42:44 EST Life Without A Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171122 My Spark friends know that my DH and I retired, sold most of our belongings, and hit the road almost four years ago. We're just travelling the world and doing all the things we've always wanted to do. <BR> <BR> Of course, that means rarely cooking since we usually don't have a kitchen. And lots of walking, since we usually don't have a vehicle. But we almost always have wifi access, and I've been pretty faithful about tracking my nutrition and exercise. I do my ST each and every morning,... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:14:57 EST Lima, Peru again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169839 We had a quick eleven days in Peru, warming up after being in Santiago, and while we figured out where to head next. <BR> <BR> The nice thing about revisiting a place is that we can relax and enjoy the places we like best, without trying to fit in tons of sightseeing. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.pe/2016/05<BR>/hello-lima-goodbye-lima.html </link> <BR> <BR> And a lovely kitty: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f04896eb-a5df-478a-abd7-72d4eaa7daac... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:21:07 EST Wrapping up Rapa Nui http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164812 We had such a fabulous time on Easter Island - one of the things to do is to watch sunrise at Ahu Tongariki, the platform on the east side of the island. Dramatic, beautiful, and amazing stars on our drive over there! <BR> <BR> <link>http://rollingluggagers.blogspot.pe/<BR>2016/05/dawn-over-rapa-nui.html </link> <BR> <BR> TONS of photos, but I think this is my favorite view: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f563012b-3969-48ae-bd6b-cff1827cae4e.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 17 May 2016 11:27:47 EST Rapa Nui! Also known as Easter Island. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159687 We are so blown away by Rapa Nui - this island is amazing! Not only that it's over 2000 miles (3600 or so km) from anywhere. The culture. The history. The moai, which are one of the most awe-inspiring sights! Just absolutely incredible, the whole thing. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/05<BR>/rapa-nui.html </link> <BR> <BR> Even if you don't read it - check the blog and look at the photos. Words can't even express how huge and monumental and overpowering the statue... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:13:16 EST Wrapping up our time in Santiago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156576 I should be finalizing my packing and heading to sleep, but instead I'm finishing blogging. Ah well, I don't want to disappoint my public, LOL! <BR> <BR> Here's the blog about the hill by our apartment, and then the basilica down the block: <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/05<BR>/farewell-to-santiago.html </link> <BR> <BR> And a few photos: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a4ef273-5c87-4a78-9e70-d342f1dba717.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Wed, 4 May 2016 22:31:13 EST The National Fine Arts Museum of Santiago - Unexpected! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153620 I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago - wow, what a thought-provoking experience! The major exhibit was a collection of paintings that the museum owns, but exhibited in a manner that invites the viewer to question traditional values of masculinity and male behaviors. All I can say is wow! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/04<BR>/museo-nacional-bellas-artes-santiago.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> The museum itself is a beautiful building! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately,... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:36:09 EST In the art museum neighborhood of Santiago, Chile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151801 We're back in Santiago, and we're in a little apartment near the art museums. Whole other feel here, with tons of little cafes, lots of ethnic restaurants, and the huge park that runs along the river. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/04<BR>/our-first-week-in-belles-artes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the building of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and a lovely little painting there: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48b8de2a-19d8-41bf-9e4a-0... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:07:52 EST The Art Museum of Buenos Aires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146049 We had our last week in Buenos Aires, and are heading back to Santiago, Chile, early tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> I finally made it to the art museum - with this wet autumn weather, it was a nice warm place to stay inside but still get in some walking! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/04/el-museo-nacional-de-belles-artes<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> And a couple of favorites: Berthe Morisot lovely young women, and Edgar Degas's ballet dancers. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:02:47 EST Montevideo, Uruguay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139934 We're only spending a week here, for a variety of reasons. But really enjoying Montevideo, and we'll be back next year in spring or summer - when it's sunnier and warmer! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.uy/201<BR>6/04/montevideo-in-color.html </link> <BR> <BR> Maybe when the weather looks more like the flag or the sidewalk markers. (Isn't this one of the most cheerful national flags ever????): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07b3746b-a3b8-4f10... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:02:45 EST Festas, Fiestas, Festivals, and More Demonstrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134329 It seems as if we've been in Buenos Aires for all kinds of protests and all kinds of holidays. Friday was some demo, yesterday was the anniversary of the war over the Falkland Islands, and today we stumbled on an Italian festival. We're having fun and participating in Argentinian life, as well as enjoying Argentinian food and culture. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/04/fiestas-festas-and-manifestations<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> I loved the Italian festival b... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 22:48:05 EST More adventures in Buenos Aires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130477 When in a foreign country, even the simplest task can become an adventure. I had major problems trying to mail two postcards. You wouldn't think it would be so difficult! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/going-postal.html </link> <BR> <BR> And tango is still my favorite new cardio! Worked up quite a sweat on Monday, we had enough men attending class so every woman could dance all the way through class! Tue, 29 Mar 2016 21:39:05 EST Argentina's Day of Remembrance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127691 Argentina has a recent bloody history, the military coup being only 40 years old. There was a march and demonstration yesterday, with signs all over, and a banner with photos of the 30,000 people who disappeared during the military regime. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/day-of-remembrance-for-truth-and-<BR>justice.html </link> <BR> <BR> I think this might be why Gauchito Gil is so revered: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a275eb... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:01:54 EST Leaving Patagonia and its folk hero saint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122587 Patagonia has been fascinating - unique landscapes, roads vanishing into the sky, animals we've never seen before - no wonder the name is legendary! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/dusty-days-patagonia-ways.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I learned all about Gauchito Antonio Gil - there are red shrines and red flags for him all over. He's the Argentinian Robin Hood. Really! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ac18cac-286e-49ee-9c64-956b... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:35:24 EST Where the desert meets the sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120264 We're still having a great time wandering around Patagonia - we went to a wildlife refuge peninsula and saw elephant seal calves, a few more penguins, and so many guanacos I lost count! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/peninsula-valdes-and-onward.html </link> <BR> <BR> Now we're slowly making our way back to Buenos Aires, exploring some of the small beach towns of the Argentinian coast. But we're still south of the Colorado River here, so officially this is ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:46:20 EST Make Way for Penguins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117087 LOTS of penguins, a bunch of guanacos, and a marauding armadillo - plus I walked nearly 5 miles up and down hills on gravel paths (tracked as walking, but almost more like hiking). Great time, and I love penguins!!! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/make-way-for-penguins.html </link> <BR> <BR> And here's a guanaco: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1eb5b0bc-ed95-481b-8480-1e688067cf0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And one of the 125 penguin photo... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:32:03 EST Discrimination in South America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114736 We spent some time talking with native South Americans, the Mapuche people, who were holding a protest in Viedma, trying to get their tribal lands returned. <BR> <BR> What can I say, we've noticed discrimination on this continent, and here was our chance to ask questions, get answers, and show our support for the indigenous people. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/politics-in-patagonia-mapuche.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 22:51:58 EST Back in Patagonia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113843 We're in the Argentinian side of Patagonia, which is totally different than in Chile. This side is full of grasslands and plains. And swamps, though we haven't found them yet. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/patagonia-landscape.html </link> <BR> <BR> Plus lots and lots of pampas grass, which is soft and fuzzy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3cf44da7-6e51-46db-82d0-2827cc6b52d5.jpg"> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 22:03:41 EST Road tripping in Argentina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111489 We're on day 3 of our road trip - haven't gotten very far, this country is gigantic and enormous! But we're in the flat region, so driving is pretty easy. <BR> <BR> Today was rainy so we stayed in our hotel and took a day off. And relaxed. Because driving is all on DH, and I'm the navigator and co-pilot - also not the easiest job since neither of us is fluent in Spanish. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/from-azul-town-to-azure-skies.html </link> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 22:23:15 EST Adventures in Tango Dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108882 A friend from tango class wanted to try the tango practicum at a restaurant near our hotel, so I went with her today. I'm way too shy to just dance with some random man, because the tango necessitates holding each other closely. But it was fun, and I got some photos of people dancing - so here it is, tango in Buenos Aires! (Of course, professional tango dancers look much more dramatic, but we're working on it!) <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/03/adventures-in-t... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:32:54 EST The Cemetery of Recoleta, Buenos Aires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108017 We're still walking around the city, and I'm still enjoying my tango classes. <BR> <BR> But we're exploring other neighborhoods as well, and Recoleta was recommended. There's a huge old cemetery there, going back a couple hundred years, with some of the most incredible graves I've ever seen! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/02/dancing-through-recoleta.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/016dd6c0-d456-47f1-92f3-08679063a18f.j... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:52:57 EST We checked out a protest march! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105762 I'm still having a great time with my tango classes. <BR> <BR> But on Wednesday, we went to see what was going on with a nation-wide strike and protest demonstration, right by our hotel. Seems as if almost all government workers were out there marching, or at least everyone in Buenos Aires! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/02/tangoes-and-civil-disobedience.html </link> <BR> <BR> It was pretty exciting! <BR> <BR> And fortunately, quite peaceful, even if it was... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:20:49 EST Cafe Tortoni, Casa Rosada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103331 We finally made it to Cafe Tortoni, a classic Old World cafe in Buenos Aires, open since 1858. Gorgeous and posh and just lovely. <BR> <BR> I also visited Casa Rosada, the presidential palace and executive office. And yes, it's a rose pink color. Kind of crazy! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/02/just-couple-of-landmarks.html </link> <BR> <BR> Cafe Tortoni was named for the Parisian cafe of the same name. Where Edouard Manet painted an anonymous man in his... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:29:45 EST Dancing my way across South America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100190 I took my first tango lesson at the Academia Nacional del Tango - great fun! Couldn't get my husband to go with me, but I love dancing! Most fun cardio, I get to feel graceful and seductive, and this is the national dance of Argentina! How could I go wrong? <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/02/first-tango-in-buenos-aires.html </link> <BR> <BR> I had a great time, even though I seemed to cause problems for my dance partner, LOL! Though he managed to break one ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:55:27 EST Buenos Aires, Argentina!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095148 We've been here a few days, and we're enjoying this huge city - some 15 million people live here!!!!! But the city is also over 400 years old, with beautiful old buildings and a hopping night life. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.com.ar/201<BR>6/02/arriving-in-buenos-aires.html </link> <BR> <BR> Though we haven't explored much of the night life, we're still trying to not get too lost! <BR> <BR> It's a gorgeous city by the Atlantic, and we're having a great time! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:37:10 EST A One-Painting Art Exhibit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092085 Botticelli!!! Somehow there was an exhibit of one of Botticelli's paintings here in Santiago. It was gorgeous! Luminous! And with its own history. Simonetta Vespucci as the Madonna! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/02<BR>/a-gift-for-chile.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a tiny copy of the painting: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41b25fc8-cb6e-469c-8249-7a114bcfec00.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Feb 2016 19:22:23 EST Chocolate Cake For Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089397 No, this isn't me. I really don't advocate chocolate cake for breakfast. <BR> <BR> But an interesting research study found that people who ate some of their favorite foods, including dessert at breakfast time, actually lost more weight after 32 weeks than their counterparts on a low-carb diet. <BR> <BR> The researchers also found that if we humans totally cut certain foods out of our eating, especially those favorite foods, we begin to obsess about them <BR> <BR> <link>www.telegraph.co.... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:02:59 EST Pre-Columbian Art, and Street Musicians http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088027 Love the culture of Santiago! The museum was fabulous, and there always seems to be some free musical performance going on somewhere on our street, which is a pedestrian shopping walk. <BR> <BR> Fascinating artwork, flirty dancers, and classical music students - LOVE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/02<BR>/from-pre-columbian-art-to-street-musi<BR>c.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7102562c-0445-4e75-858a-b17e268fee52.jpg"> <... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:58:35 EST The Ruta del Vino - the Route of the Wine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085299 We spent a day in Santa Cruz, Chile, in the heart of the wine making region. Ended up not drinking any, but had a fun time wandering around town and seeing the sights. We're now back in Santiago, ready for some museum time. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/02<BR>/on-ruta-del-vino.html </link> <BR> <BR> And our lunch restaurant had grapes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/507fbda3-4f30-4985-a090-97e1db12312a.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:30:34 EST The Detour to End all Detours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080055 Travel in a foreign country where one is not fluent in the language is always more interesting. <BR> <BR> Until understanding the language becomes essential. <BR> <BR> We were driving. The highway was closed. The detour wasn't marked. We followed people, but had no idea where we were going. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/01<BR>/rolling-into-los-angeles.html </link> <BR> <BR> Yeah, sometimes a plan can be a good idea! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:56:53 EST Chile's Lake District http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078232 We decided to spend a day or so in the Lake District. SO gorgeous here, with a huge blue lake and a giant snow-covered volcano opposite our cabana! Lots of walking, just taking in the atmosphere of a small, quaint town called the "jewel of the Chilean south." <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/01<BR>/in-reflection-of-volcano.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'd add a photo, but there are SO many in the blog! Gotta see this volcano to believe it - looks like Fujiyama! <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:00:47 EST Cruising Archipelagos and Fjords!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076856 I went on a day cruise around the Chiloe Archipelago - saw penguins and dolphins playing in the freezing cold water - they were happy and I was happy to see them! <BR> <BR> This part of Chile has unique wooden churches built by Spanish boat builders - so unique, the region has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. <BR> <BR> And we had this amazing meal, curanto, sort of like a clambake but with chicken, ham, sausage as well as clams and mussels - and potato cakes. HUGE meal! Of course... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:46:20 EST The PENGUIN Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073194 I went out on a little boat just to see the Magellenic penguins of Chile - so much fun, adorable little penguins who sang (or yelled) to us and clowned around and slid down kelp - I really had a great time! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/01<BR>/patagonia-ii-isla-chiloe-and-pinguino<BR>s.html </link> <BR> <BR> Though if you want to go chronologically, this blog really should go first, because it's our time driving from Temuco to Osorno - the beginning of Patagonia! <BR... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:45:23 EST Driving around Chile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069725 I'm finally caught up on my photos and blogging - we took two nights in one spot to rest up, do laundry, and catch up on blogging. <BR> <BR> We're about halfway to where we're heading, but we're back on the highway, so we'll be able to head south faster. Almost to Patagonia!!!! <BR> <BR> Part 1 includes the coast, and the agricultural region: <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/01<BR>/driving-chile-part-i.html </link> <BR> <BR> Part 2 is our drive through the coastal mountains,... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:53:43 EST Sometimes the Adventure is On Hold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063475 It took four days of running around to get our medications out of Customs - ugh! We kept getting wrong information, so it took forever - but we finally have our meds, and now we can just play! <BR> <BR> Although the plan is to head south, so we rented a car. Chile doesn't have trains covering the entire country, so this is the easiest way to go. <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/01<BR>/sometimes-adventure-is-on-hold.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:40:19 EST New Year's Eve Celebrations in Chile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057366 Had a great time last night - HUGE fireworks even, possibly the largest in South America! Plus some of the funny and interesting customs for NYE here in Chile - like wearing bright sunshine yellow underwear! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2016/01<BR>/happy-new-year-chilean-way.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b1556bf-190a-4a21-967b-c119f1341ea6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/160e3e56-17cf-4723-9a60... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:37:54 EST Caballeros dancing, Neruda flying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054980 There are all kinds of festivities going on in Chile right now, which makes for a colorful time while we walk around and explore this fabulous city! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2015/12<BR>/dancing-in-street.html </link> <BR> <BR> These are the caballeros - though they might be gauchos, I'm not sure what's the difference. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ce452c8-866f-49d2-8baa-58b34b56ac17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:02:28 EST Christmas in Chile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052560 We've been in Santiago, Chile, for two days now. The weather is absolutely gorgeous - this is summer, the sky is a clear bright blue, and days are long and sunny. Wonderful weather! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.cl/2015/12<BR>/summer-and-sunshine-in-santiago.html </link> <BR> <BR> After the overcast skies of most of Peru, and the chill of Quito, Ecuador, we're thrilled to be here! <BR> <BR> Christmas is quiet, but that gives us a chance to catch up on reading, computer wo... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 17:00:08 EST Peru Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050957 Where we stayed, where we went. I have photos some place, maybe still on my camera. Oh well, I'll have to add them later, things are pretty much packed! <BR> <BR> We fly to Chile tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the blog: <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.pe/2015/12<BR>/peru-wrap-up.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:58:52 EST Machu Picchu!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049594 Spent most of the day at Machu Picchu - had a fabulous time! Walked close to 4 miles, up and down stairs and around and across and all over!!!! Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>rollingluggagers.blogspot.pe/2015/12<BR>/machu-picchu-machu-picchu.html </link> <BR> <BR> The blog is full of photos, but I think this is my favorite photo from the end of the day, when the llamas were headed back to their enclosure: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b995247... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:52:30 EST